Biden, Ryan next to face off
Just a week after President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney took the stage for the first debate of the year, their running mates will do the same Thursday night in Danville, Ky.
Though a number of analysts declared Romney the winner of the first debate, Joe Biden, Obama’s vice presidential candidate, supported the president, saying he acted very “presidential.”
Presidential won’t cut it anymore, after the majority of pundits have ripped Obama for not putting on a better performance and not calling Romney out on several factual errors he perpetuated, including ranking Massachusetts as the best school system in America.
Now Romney’s vice president Paul Ryan will look to echo Romney’s economic policy, and once again out-debate the Democrats.
Similar to Romney, Ryan supports a rough version of Reaganomics, cutting taxes to the wealthy and decreasing the role of government in business.
However, Ryan is for stimulus spending to boost the economy, voting yes on a $192 billion stimulus package in July of 2009, unlike Romney, who pledged to cut spending in the debate Wednesday.
There are no specific guidelines as to what will be covered in the debate, and it would be interesting if the two debated several civil rights policies, especially same-sex marriage.
Ryan voted yes on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004, while Biden has backed Obama in supporting same-sex marriage.
Foreign policy is also open for discussion, and it is likely that Biden will tout the fact that Obama has pulled troops out of both Afghanistan and Iraq.
This would also be an interesting point of discussion for Ryan, who doesn’t have too much experience in foreign policy.
If they choose to stick on domestic policy, immigration reform could be a key position for the two sides to really show off their differences.
Ryan, who supports building a fence along the Mexican border, is making that project a top priority, if elected.
Biden, however, supports the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, which would allow for undocumented immigrants to received in-state tuition at public community colleges and universities.
Biden is also likely to boast that the unemployment rate has fallen to 7.8 percent, its lowest point since January 2009, and employers reported creating 114,000 jobs in September.
If Ryan chooses to, he could counter that with the fact that this report was exactly what analysts had predicted, making the numbers not all that impressive.
Overall, it will be interesting to see if Biden makes any notable gaffes, since he is known for giving gems to the media, and all it would take is one slip-up for Ryan, who is a strong public speaker, to take over the debate.
While it might not swing the entire election one way or the other, Biden could certainly use a strong debate to get the ball back in Obama’s court, and try to make up for the sub-par showing Obama had against Romney.