Following Barack Obama’s less than impressive performance at the first presidential debate last Wednesday, the pressure has surprising shifted on Vice President,to help the Democrats recapture the momentum they were enjoying before.
With nearly 25 years of experience at the U.S Senate, Biden has proved over time that he is not only an expert debater but also one of the most passionate defender of the working class. While he and Obama had been under fire for some of their political gaffes on the campaign trial, the Democrats had been enjoying a modest lead over GOP challenger, Mitt Romney. However, following Obama’s lackluster debate performance, the Democrats are looking up at Biden to save Obama from losing the re-elections.
Obama’s performance not just trimmed his lead in the polls but has also put at stake the only Vice Presidential debate coming up this Thursday, in which Biden will be faced by Romney’s running mate,, a Wisconsin congressman and budget specialist.
"This is not about changing minds. This is about changing the momentum," Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis said according to a report by Reuters. "The vice president is going to have to be very aggressive in undercutting Republican arguments. He can't allow Ryan to control the debate the way Romney controlled his debate."
Obama acted strangely passive on several of Romney assertions during the first debate and later on issued a statement that his GOP contender has shifted positions he had been campaigning all season. Now the game depends on Biden, who being a better aggressor and a sharper perfomer than Obama, is expected to respond to attacks the President left unanswered.
"Biden has a chance to undo some of the damage from the first debate," said, a debate coach and political communications specialist at the University of Miami. "The vice president's biggest job will be as a fact checker," he said. "He can come in and say, 'Well, this is what Governor Romney said last Wednesday, and this is why it's wrong.'"
Biden says that he will focus on sticking to the facts during his debate and will study closely Republicans campaign positions before holding them accountable. "I don't want to say anything in the debate that's not completely accurate," Biden told reporters. "I just want to make sure that when I say those things I don't have the congressman say, 'No, no, no, I don't have that position,' or 'That's not the governor's position.'"