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Biden, Paul Meet in Vice Presidential Debate

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Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (l-r), shake hands prior to US Vice Presidential debate, Centre College, Danville, Ky. Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (l-r), shake hands prior to US Vice Presidential debate, Centre College, Danville, Ky.

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden said Republican Mitt Romney's opposition to the auto bailout and government steps to prevent foreclosures "shouldn't be surprising" given his comments about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay income tax.

Biden is referring to remarks Romney made to wealthy donors. In a secretly recorded video, Romney said 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims and entitled to government help.

Sitting alongside Romney running mate Paul Ryan, Biden said some of those people are senior citizens show are living off social security.

President Barack Obama never mentioned Romney's comments in his first debate, to the dismay of many Democrats.

Romney has since said his comments were wrong. Biden said if voters believe they were a mistake, he has "a bridge to sell you."

Earlier in the debate, Ryan slammed the Obama administration for failing to call the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya a terrorist attack.

Biden criticized Ryan and Romney for launching political attacks before they knew the facts on the ground.

Ryan said the U.S. is witnessing the unraveling of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. He said the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens shows the U.S. is projecting weakness abroad.

Biden said that's "a bunch of malarkey." He said the U.S. will bring those responsible to justice and ensure any mistakes aren't repeated.

The vice president said Obama has led with a steady hand and clear vision, and that Romney would do the opposite.

On Iran, Biden said his administration has the toughest sanctions in history on the country, even as his Republican rival said the White House has no credibility on the issue.

Ryan said Obama has allowed Iran to get four years closer to building a nuclear weapon.

Biden said that he is "quite confident" the administration could deal a serious blow to Iranian's nuclear ambitions.

In regards to Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played a prominent role in the first and only debate between Biden and Ryan.

Ryan, running mate of GOP presidential hopeful Romney, accused Biden and Obama of ignoring Netanyahu and giving Iran the time to forge ahead toward building a nuclear weapon. Biden dismissed him and said Obama's met with "Bibi" dozens of times. Ryan's accusations, Biden said, "is a bunch of stuff," or "malarkey."

Biden said the Iranians don't yet have a nuclear weapon and called any claim to the contrary "loose talk." In a speech to the United Nations last month, Netanyahu said Iran was ready to move to the final stage of making a nuclear weapon.

The debate can be viewed on 8 News NOW -- Channel 8.

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