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October 06, 2012


Expectations Grow for Vice Presidential Debate

In the wake of President Obama's widely panned performance in his first debate against Mitt Romney, the Washington Post says the stakes for Vice President Biden "are suddenly higher than ever. In the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate he must not only avoid making any gaffes but also try to puncture his Republican opponent's arguments on taxes, entitlement reform and deficit reduction, something Obama was criticized for failing to do last week."

"The pressure on Ryan has risen as well. Romney greatly exceeded expectations, appearing both presidential and in command of the debate stage. Ryan, who has never before debated at the national level, must prove that he is potential presidential material -- while also defending the numbers that Romney put forth last week, especially on tax cuts."

Mark Halperin: "Is Paul Ryan's goal to win the debate or just not lose it?"














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