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October 12, 2012 4:20 AM

Biden stirs the Democratic base; Ryan does same for GOP

The 90-minute showdown between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan may be most remembered for Biden’s grinning, laughing and even mocking his younger opponent. But the more lasting impact was reinforcing how this election is an unusually telling referendum on how people want America governed – and a call to arms for each party’s base.

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