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October 11, 2012

Pressure on Biden over VP debate


A vice presidential debate typically isn't a highlight of a presidential campaign. But today's match-up between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is shaping up to be a must-see event. With less than four weeks before the Nov. 6 election and most polls showing a narrowing gap between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, a tremendous amount of public interest is expected in this year's vice presidential debate. The 90-minute debate will cover domestic and foreign policy topics, such as the economy, health care reform, the war in Afghanistan, Ryan's budget and changes to entitlement programs such as Medicare. "It's going to be a real chance for the (Obama) campaign to have the fight they didn't have in the first debate," said Kelly M. Young, director of forensics at Wayne State University. "It wouldn't surprise me if they send Biden in to be the aggressive attack dog. There will be great opportunity because Paul Ryan is the more extreme version on his views about the economy and entitlements than Romney, who tries to paint himself differently."


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