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Last night’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan has already produced at least two ads from outside spenders criticizing both the style and substance of the debate.

American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal super PAC, released a web video called “VP Debate Fact Check,” which takes issue with many of Ryan’s statements.

The Republican National Committee responded to the debate with “Laughing at the Issues,” portraying Biden as not serious about the country’s problems.

The debate, which was feistier and livelier than the first presidential debate, saw Biden laughing and sometimes shaking his head at Ryan, of Wisconsin, argued his points. Biden was particularly aggressive in calling Ryan out when he seemed to bend the facts.

Republicans, as seen in the RNC ad, are portraying Biden’s behavior as condescending and as evidence of a lack of gravitas on important national issues.

Democrats are concentrating on factual errors in Ryan’s arguments, including what Politifact once named the “Lie of the Year” — that the Affordable Care Act is a “government takeover” of health care and mischaracterizing the effects of the Obama administration’s sanctions on Iran.

Both candidates bent the truth according to several fact-check reviews of the debate, but the Democrats were the first to pounce on the veracity of the other party’s claims.

One of Biden’s more egregious mistruths, according to the Associated Press, was his claim that he and President Barack Obama were unaware that the U.S. embassy in Libya requested more security before the attack on Sept. 11 in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

Testimony from Obama administration officials contradicts this claim.

The presidential race has attracted $407 million in outside spending, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Since Labor Day, 70 percent of outside spending on the presidential race made possible by the Citizens United ruling has benefitted GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis.

In other outside spending news:

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