Thursday, October 11, 2012

Biden, Ryan VP Showdown Tonite!

 5 Things to Watch for During Tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate

 First of all will you be watching the Vice Presidential debate tonight?  Last week we had the first Presidential debate where Mitt Romney did a phenomenal job not known for his charisma but did bring a pocket full of facts.  Barack Obama bombed!  He stammered, stumbled and totally lost without his teleprompter.  

Big Bird even became a focus in the campaign, fancy that! 

Before that debate Obama seemed to be ahead in the polls and had the momentum but after the debate momentum started to shift and is now going Romney's way.  The polls have Romney gaining even in key States.  

Tonight the running mates have their kick at the can.   Joe Biden is known as a gaffe machine but at the same time he has his charm and humor to communicate with and quite a skilled debater.   Paul Ryan is the younger of the two, an athlete and a policy wonk.    I'm sure both will come well prepared.  Ryan is sure to hit Biden on the Obama record which the last four years has been abysmal.

 Here are five things  to watch for from the
1. BIDEN UNBOUND: Look for Biden to go on the offensive in hopes of regaining ground lost by President Barack Obama’s lackluster debate performance. An experienced debater, Biden is comfortable with the attack dog role. But the vice president has a history of freewheeling, foot-in-mouth moments. Will he commit another gaffe?

 2. RYAN’S DEBUT: This is the Wisconsin congressman’s first time on the national debate stage. As House Budget Committee chairman, he’s a whiz on federal spending and tax policy. His knowledge of foreign policy and national security isn’t as deep. Watch to see whether his hours of practice result in polished and punchy — not wonky — answers.

 3. BATTLE OF THE AGES: It’s youth vs. experience. At 42, Ryan is the same age as Biden’s younger son. Ryan suggests the generational divide gives him an edge over 69-year-old Biden and wider appeal. But Biden’s an energetic performer who prides himself on an ability to connect with regular folks.

 4. NUMBERS GAME: Expect to hear lots about the House Republican budget plan written by Ryan. Biden‘s sure to criticize Ryan’s spending cuts and Medicare proposal as too extreme. However, Romney‘s plans are somewhat different from Ryan’s past proposals — and that’s something the Republican vice presidential hopeful may need to illustrate.

5. THE MODERATOR: Jim Lehrer’s laid-back approach in the first presidential debate was widely panned. This time Martha Raddatz of ABC News runs the show. Look for her to ask sharper questions and more aggressively rein in the candidates. The veteran war correspondent has joked that it might be wise to wear body armor for the job.

I for one am looking forward to it and will be watching.  I hope Ryan cleans Biden's clock but  at the same time we shouldn't count Biden out either.   Should be interesting, none the less, no matter what happens.
 Will Joe Biden be able to stop the Romney momentum?  Will Paul Ryan be able help keep up the momentum Romney has and help seal the deal with the American public?  We shall see.