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Heat, candour, malarkey

In the vice-presidential debate, the candidates sparred over the question of America's middle class

By James McAuley  

(photo: Gage Skidmore)

In many ways, the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan was the exchange everyone wanted to see when the presidential contenders took to the stage last week. There was heat; there was candour; and, best of all, there was “malarkey.”

As if to stop the bleeding from President Obama’s disappointing performance last Wednesday, Biden was even more of his unscripted self than usual, laughing at nearly everything Paul Ryan, 27…

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