The vice presidential debates hardly ever matter because the winner of the presidential debates also leverages his running mate. However, with the race tied closely between Obama and Romney, the showdown by Biden and Ryan can make or break the chances of either of the Presidential candidates.
Following Obama’s debate debacle, the Democrats are now counting on Vice President Joe Bide, to build back the momentum and gather a similar amount of support the President had before the debate. While Biden, 69, is thought to have good debating skills and lots of experience at the U.S Senate, often his comments have made headlines that are not very pleasant for the party.
Paul Ryan, 42, on the other hand, is looked upon as the budget guru by the Republicans, and winning could mean dramatically cutting the role of the federal government into the lives of the Americans. While it’s the first time he will be debating at such a high level, he is an expert when it comes to selling conservative ideas even to voters who were never a very big fan of his.
Democrats accuse Obama of leaving many of Romney’s assertions go unanswered, which Obama defends by saying that his GOP contender has shifted stances and lying about his policies. Biden says that while he will not leave any questionable claim go unquestioned during his Thursday debate, he believes that thoroughly knowing what are the current polices of the Republicans are is important, before he goes out there to attack them.
Moreover, the game appeared to be under Romney’s control throughout Wednesday night, except for when it came to the issue of Medicare. Having said that, it’s likely the vice president might have an edge over Ryan over this one. However, Ryan being a good debater himself enjoys several years of experience of describing the plan to voters skeptical of the issue.
One thing that Romney’s VP pick might have problem handling is the foreign policy. With no experience at all in the field, Thursday night, Ryan will come face to face with a man who has been the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and handled the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
Lastly, being a GOP nominee for the vice president, even if Romney loses, Ryan will be viewed as a leading contender for 2016 Presidential nomination by the Republicans. Being the sitting vice president, same goes for Biden, regarding his chances for winning his party’s nomination four years later. So, the debate might and might not be the last time both candidates would be finding themselves face to face.