CINCINNATI -- Two dozen mostly middle-aged Obama supporters here applauded and laughed their way through the vice presidential debate Thursday, happy to see Joe Biden demonstrate a feistiness they had missed during the presidential debate last week.
"He was excited," said Pat Fry, a 61-year-old retired federal worker. "I'm happier, yes."
When President Obama met GOP challenger Mitt Romney last week, "Obama was too polite," she said.
Like many others in the group, Fry clapped when Biden first mentioned Romney's videotaped remarks about 47% of Americans being dependent on the government. The applause came even louder when the vice president declared that "the last thing America needs" is another war in the Mideast.
After last week's debate, said another volunteer, Maggie Yocis, "I definitely felt, 'Geez, we just have to go out there and work harder, harder, harder." The vice presidential session should make the job easier again, she said.