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Did the pundits see the same debate I saw?

The commentators are at it — parsing, postulating and portending with a perception of the vice presidential debate that left me stunned ("VP rivals come out swinging," Oct. 12). Did they hear the same debate I heard?

Vice President Biden was called rude and described as having "his fist in [Rep. Paul] Ryan's mouth." Mitt Romney, on the other hand, was hailed for his performance in the presidential debates, notwithstanding his total disregard for the time limits set by poor, beleaguered moderator Jim Lehrer. Not a word was said about Mr. Romney's rudeness or fists-in-mouths; rather, it was said he showed fight and passion.

Obviously, truth is in the eye (and ear) of the beholder, and it suffers in the translation. As one who admittedly is biased, I hear Mr. Ryan accusing President Barack Obama of continually blaming his predecessor for our country's economic woes, while he continually blames Mr. Obama (his predecessor?) for our economic woes.

Mr. Ryan accuses Mr. Obama for not keeping his promises, but then he turns around and accuses him of keeping his promise to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan — while downplaying the fact that a Romney administration would have sent more troops sent in.

Likewise, Mr. Ryan accuses the president of "fear-mongering" when he criticizes his opponent's plan to replace Medicare with a "voucher" program, but then proceeds to frighten the American public into believing people will lose their Medicare coverage un an Obama administration.

Politics being politics, there's little room for logic or thoughtful discourse. Specifics are rarely, if ever, provided.

But it was the last question to the candidates that left me truly enraged. Religion has no place in the political debate. It is a private and sacred right, and no one should be obligated to publicly disclose either their religious affiliation or how it does or does not inform their ability to govern.

For a country that seems to want government out of their lives, it certainly has invited government into its church as well as its bedroom.

Vivian D. Braun

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