If he had, that very close election might have finished differently.
But in the end, it was not Biden who made Ryan the Nixon of the night.
It was Ryan.
On what he says is the most important issue of the campaign, the "fiscal cliff" issue that brought him to national attention and a place on the GOP ticket, Ryan had no details, no specifics, just a "secret plan."
For more post-debate rundowns, check out Greg Mitchell on who won last night's VP faceoff.