- Vice President Joe Biden faced Wisconsin representative and VP hopeful Paul Ryan in their first and only debate Thursday.
The two focused mainly on foreign affairs.
Each of these candidates had a distinctive advantage - Joe Biden has age, experience, and he's the incumbent.
But Paul Ryan appeared comfortable facing him, perhaps because he came in fresh off a Romney victory in the first presidential debate.
Unlike that debate, tonight started with brief introductions and no explanation of the rules.
The structure was more casual - the tone anything but.
On the topic of Iran, Ryan pushed for tougher sanctions.
"They're moving faster toward a nuclear weapon. It's because this administration has no credibility on this issue. It's because this administration watered down sanctions, delayed sanctions, tried to stop us from putting tough sanctions in place. Now we have them, because of Congress," he said.
"Imagine had we let Republican Congress work out the sanctions. Do you think there's any possibility the entire world would've joined us? Russia and China? All of our allies? " Biden said. "These are the most crippling sanctions in the history of sanctions. Period."
But domestic issues are dominating this election, and after a half an hour of foreign affairs, domestic policy also dominated this debate.
Biden said he and Obama cut the cost of Medicare, and stopped overpaying for insurance.
"Any senior out there, ask yourself: do you have more benefits today? You do," he said, looking into the camera. "If you're near the donut hole, you have $600 more to help your prescription drug costs, you get wellness visits without co-pays. They wipe all this out, and Medicare becomes insolvent in 2016."
"Here's the problem: they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, turning Medicare into a piggybank for Obamacare," Ryan responded. "Their own actuary from the administration came to Congress and said one out of six hospitals and nursing homes are going to go out of business as a result of this."
The debate later turned back to the 2014 timeline to leave Afghanistan.
Biden said it's time for Afghanistan to take control of its own security, while Ryan argued it's a mistake to "put a date on our calendars for our enemies to see."
The next debate goes back to the president and Mitt Romney on Tuesday, October 16th.