Sunday Sound: Heard on 'This Week'

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Below are some of the notable comments made Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Guests included Ohio Sen. Rob Portman; Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden former House Speaker and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; former Senator and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd; Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, moderator of this week's vice presidential debate; presidential historian Richard Norton Smith; ABC News' George Will; and Democratic strategist and ABC News Contributor Donna Brazile.


1. Portman anticipates Obama's performance for Tuesday's second debate PORTMAN: I think President Obama is going to come out swinging. I think he's going to have to compensate for a poor first debate, and I think that'll be consistent with what they've been doing this whole campaign, Jake, which is running a highly negative ad campaign.

2. Presidency can 'probably' be won without Ohio

TAPPER: Let's look at the latest poll from after the first debate. It shows President Obama in the lead in Ohio still, 51 percent to Romney's 45 percent. Does Governor Romney have a path to the presidency without Ohio? I know you're going to say that he's going to win Ohio, but can he win the presidency without it?

PORTMAN: Look, he can probably win the presidency without Ohio, but I wouldn't want to take the risk.

3. Biden defends his father's facial expressions during the VP debate BIDEN: I'm happy to defend my dad. I don't think he needs any defensiveness. Any time the other side - Karl Rove or folks on the far right - are going after my father for smiling too much, you know that's a victory. My father spoke clearly to the American people about the facts, and you saw him do that for 90 minutes straight. You know, this isn't, Jake, about how much my father smiled or how many gallons of water that the congressman drank nervously on that stage.

4. Biden comments on Ryan's point of pulling troops out of Afghanistan BIDEN: The congressman is not quite up to speed on foreign policy…I'm not sure if he knows what the strategic point he was making was.

5. Biden considers Romney and Ryan's criticism 'outrageous'

TAPPER: …your father raised some eyebrows when he was asked about requests for more security from diplomats on the ground in Libya. Here's what he said.


J. BIDEN: Well, we weren't told they wanted more security again. We did not know they wanted more security again.

(END VIDEO CLIP) BIDEN: He was speaking for himself and the president…the idea that Romney and Ryan are suggesting that the president of the United States doesn't take seriously the security of our diplomats and Foreign Service officers around the world I find absolutely outrageous, especially outrageous coming from the congressman


6. Romney's debate performance didn't match previous perceptions GINGRICH: I thought Romney, frankly, was helped because the Obama campaign spent three months portraying him as a person he's not, and people saw him and said, wait a second, that's not the guy I've been frightened about.

7. Gingrich thinks match-up was 'extraordinary' GINGRICH: The big surprise to me was the emptiness on the other side. I mean, what made that debate so startling was Romney was better than people expected and Obama was unbelievably less capable than people expected, and it was the match-up that made it so extraordinary…if Romney had had as bad a debate as Obama, we would be sitting here talking about the election being over

8. Dodd distinguishes between primary and general election debates DODD: Debates…in the primary process are very different than what we're watching today at the presidential level…We're dealing with constituencies where you have to sort - check certain boxes in order to become a credible candidate.

9. Dodd tells Obama campaign to 'move beyond' the debate DODD: The fact that we had been dwelling on this for the last 10 days - in fact, the president's team (inaudible) dwelling on it, I don't think helps at all. I think you have to move beyond this.

10. Biden was 'too big' and 'aggressive' for the table RADDATZ: But one of the things I think Joe Biden did was…in that little intimate table, it was very small, he was too big. He was like he was at a campaign event. So you could even - you could feel that, especially at that table, that - that Joe Biden was so aggressive.

11. Will criticizes the format of the next debate WILL: This next debate will - with interacting with the audience will be part of the Oprah-fication of American politics, where we elect a national talk show host, and I think it's unfortunate that we do this.

12. Brazile gives advice to Democrats BRAZILE: I think the Democrats have got to just stop trying to fact-check the Republicans every time they open their mouths and get back to talking to the American people…

13. Debate promises don't 'really come out to be true' RADDATZ: People have to remember that what you hear isn't necessarily going to happen and that there are promises kept or we're going to do this and we're going to do that, it doesn't really come out to be true.

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