What many observers are calling a lackluster presidential debate earlier this week has raised the stakes of the only vice presidential debate, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11, at Centre College in Danville, KY.
Vice President Joe Biden and Wisconsin U.S. Paul Ryan will debate for an hour and one-half on Thursday, beginning at 8 p.m. CDT.
The vice presidential debate comes one week after pundits across the country, including Patch's panel of Wisconsin political insiders, said GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was the clear winner in the debate.
Wall Street Journal editors and reporters said in Friday’s “Roundtable” that Biden’s mandate to be combative is “overwhelming” and that he needs to demand specifics about claims Romney made Wednesday, including one that there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit.
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Biden needs to question Romney’s math, “which the president skated up to and then pulled back from,” said Jerry Seib, Journal bureau chief.
They expect Ryan to play a “truth squad” role, something Romney did to a limited extent, and bring energy to the debate.
With the Nov. 6 election a month away, Romney still has time to close the narrow margin separating the two campaigns.
Vice Presidential Debate
Date: Thursday, Oct. 11.
Time: 8 to 9:30 p.m. (central).
Where: Centre College in Danville, KY.
Who: Vice President Joe Biden and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief foreign correspondent.
Topic: Foreign and domestic policy.