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Is Tonight's VP Debate A Game Changer?

Let us know if tonight’s 6 p.m. debate will affect the presidential candidates’ poll numbers.

Historically, most vice presidential debates have not influenced the outcome of the presidential election. However, following last week's first presidential debate in which many analysts and the public declared Gov. Mitt Romney the victor, Thursday’s vice presidential debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan has strong potential to sway undecided voters.

The most recent Pew Research Poll shows Romney with a 4-point lead ahead of President Barack Obama, the first time Romney has held a lead in the polls.

After the first debate on domestic policy, many resoundingly said that Romney had entered the debate with more vigor while President Obama lacked the passion and fervor that he is typically known for. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said Romney gave a “masterful performance.” However, Obama still remained the clear winner amongst certain groups, like online gamers. 

Political experts have been giving tips to both Joe Biden and Paul Ryan on how to win the debate, and other media have been telling the public what to watch for in the debate.

But how important is the vice presidential debate to you? What do you want to hear from both candidates?

Tell us in the comments: What do you think Vice President Joe Biden has to do to swing voters back toward President Obama? What does Congressman Paul Ryan have to do to keep momentum on Romney’s side? 

SP October 11, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Belle, I am with you. Hopefully Biden will at least be awake during the debate since his boss snoozed through the last one. Brandt, it is unfortunate that the elections are bought and sold....and more unfortunate that both sides are equally guilty.
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 11, 2012 at 07:55 PM
SP- Agreed. The Citizens United case allows for even more "buying" of our government, but now foreign owned companies can easily contribute to campaigns, directly or through "dark money" given to super PACS.
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 11, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Without saying names, I wish people would stop repeating rumors about Mormon beliefs. Drudging up a candidates religion is pointless, being that there exists no litmus test for presidential candidates based on religion. The same religion scare tactics were used when President Kennedy was the candidate. Don't forget what was said about President Obama. Now, if we get a candidate who's religion calls for sacrificing babies, then we can talk. I don't see wearing white underwear as a sign or reminder of "purity" and commitment to God very scary at all. Romney the man, I find a scary prospect as president for legitimate non-religious reasons. :-)
Alex Shantz October 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Why isn't Cheri Honkala, Jill Stein's vice presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket, being included in this debate? These debates are a joke.
Gary Goss October 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Alex is right that the debates, as usual, are useless. We should do away with them. They are not serious discussions. The Green Party is not included because it generates no ad money and very little viewership for the networks. Many Green Party members don't watch TV.

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