Ryan, 42, and Biden, 69, will meet after a week of anticipation, in a duel moderated by Martha Raddatz of
Biden, who has extensive debating experience, having served in the
"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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