On Meet the Press, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed defended Biden’s performance in the VP debate, criticizing the critiques of his demeanor. “I think it’s the most manufactured theme for a guy who clearly won the debate among independents.” He added that voters appreciate Biden’s authenticity: “The one thing about Joe Biden is, you believe what he is telling you,” said the mayor.
Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia agreed. But he added that Biden’s believability and authenticity also apply to his recent comments on the middle class being buried for the last four years and the president’s plan to raise taxes. So it remains to be seen just how helpful Biden’s authenticity will be for his ticket.