GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Friday that he was expecting Vice President Biden to interrupt him at last weekâ€™s debate, but he wasnâ€™t prepared for other parts of the vice presidentâ€™s performance, including his frequent laughing and smiling while Ryan was speaking.Â
â€śI expected the interruptions. I guess I canâ€™t say I expected the other stuff you mentioned,â€ť Ryan told conservative radio host Charlie Sykes in an interview Friday morning. He added: â€śLook, they had a bad first debate, so I knew heâ€™d be coming at me. ... I think if two guys just start getting in an interruption shouting match, that doesnâ€™t do anybody any good.â€ť
He told Sykes that he thought it was â€śimportant to be respectful of one anotherâ€™s timeâ€ť and said of Bidenâ€™s frequent interruptions: â€śItâ€™s not our manners, where we come from.â€ť
â€śI was not going to try and follow suit with that kind of demeanor. ... I wasnâ€™t going to try and let that get under my skin and try and follow suit with that, I guess Iâ€™d say, demeanor. I wanted to make my case,â€ť he said.
Asked about President Obamaâ€™s appearance on â€śThe Daily Showâ€ť Thursday night, Ryan said he read the transcript but hadnâ€™t seen the show. He argued that with regard to the administrationâ€™s response to the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that â€śa month later, we still have more questions than answers,â€ť contending that the White House has been â€śinconsistentâ€ť and â€śmisleadingâ€ť on the issue.
â€śThese deaths in Libya were a tragedy,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m sure that the president mourns those deaths. The problem is their story continues to shift. They refuse to answer the basic questions about what happened.â€ť