Tonight Vice-President Joe Biden and Vice-President candidate Paul Ryan will go head to head during the debates. The latest Pew Research Center poll, from October 2012, shows that only 39% of the public had a favorable opinion of Biden, compared to Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has a 44% favorability factor. Many are hoping that Biden’s role in tonight’s debate will give a boost to President Obama’s recent numbers. After last week’s debate with Romney, Obama’s numbers have dropped slightly, but it’s still a close race.
“Gov. Romney had a good night. I had a bad night. It’s not the first time I’ve had a bad night,” Obama told Diane Sawyer. “But I think what’s important is the fundamentals of what this race is about haven’t changed.” Obama added: “If you have a bad game you just move on. You look forward to the next one.”
Tonight’s debate will take place at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and will air at 9pm est. The debate will focus on foreign and domestic policy and will be divided into 9 segments of approximately ten minutes each. Hopefully tonight’s moderator, ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Martha Raddatz, will do a better job of moderating, compared to Jim Lehrer, who’s performance was less than stellar.
As determined in a coin flip, Biden will answer the first question first, and Ryan will answer the second question first, with the order to follow in that pattern thereafter. Biden will deliver the first closing statement, and Ryan will get the final word.
Do you plan on watching tonight’s debate? What do you hope to get out of it?