Republican candidate Paul Ryan will face off against Vice President Joe Biden Thursday night at 6 p.m. PDT in the first and only vice presidential debate, held in Danville, Ky.
Ryan, 42, and Biden, 69, will meet after a week of anticipation, in a duel moderated by Martha Raddatz of ABC News.
Biden, who has extensive debating experience, having served in the Senate for years before running for president and then becoming vice president, was expected to deliver a “robust debate,” the Obama campaign predicted.
“The vice president will speak directly to the American people about the progress we’ve made over the past four years and a concrete Obama-Biden plan to continue creating an economy that works for the middle class,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said.
Ryan, on the other hand, preparing for his first nationally broadcast debate, admitted that “it’s a nervous situation because Joe Biden is one of the most experienced debaters we have in modern politics.” What he lacks in experience, Ryan believes he’ll make up once the arguments begin, saying that President Obama’s record serves as a glaring weakness for Biden.
Neither candidate will have an easy path to victory in the debate, with Biden under intense scrutiny given his proclivity for gaffes and Obama’s subpar performance in his first debate. As for Ryan, he faces high expectations from his own party, and intense skepticism from his many Democratic critics.
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