As with a week ago, I didn't witness more than a sliver of the televised debate. So I can't make any informed commments at this time (though I read opinions from both sides of the ideological divide).
A lot of people who I grew up with in Electra, TX were carefully taught to support the Republican Party and its candidates.
And here is what one person [name withheld] who grew up in my hometown said publicly on Facebook regarding Joe Biden's laughter at Paul Ryan's debate comments:
"...I think he thinks that if he laughs at what Paul Ryan is saying than the people will think that what Ryan is saying is nothing but a joke. Little does he realize that we the people have sense enough to realize that all he is showing is just how out of touch and rude he is."