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Biden and Ryan they tangled tough

Questions were decent, replies thoughtful enough

The economy, abortion, Syria, too

The men traded barbs, accusations flew

Martha Raddatz covered the bases

Except for small matters that don’t count in such races

Like carbon emissions and rising seas

The drought burned corn crop and bark-beetle trees

The wild fires and vanished ice

The millions of Bangladeshis needing salt-tolerant rice

Tippin my hat to Calvin Trillin

I’m wishin the grillin been done by Bill McKibben