Joe Biden, Paul Ryan differ on taxes, Medicare, Libya

Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential

Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shake hands after the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012) (Credit: AP)

In a spirited, freewheeling vice-presidential debate dominated by the economy, Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican nominee Rep. Paul Ryan both vigorously defended the positions of their running mates and drew a stark contrast between each side's vision for the country.

Both candidates spent the final moments of the debate Thursday night making the pitch that their ticket would...

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