TELL US: Who Will Win The Vice Presidential Debate?

Mitt Romney got a big boost from his performance in last week's presidential debate - who do you think will come out on top when Republican Paul Ryan faces off against Democrat Joe Biden on Thursday?


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney saw a surge in his poll numbers after his performance in last week's debate against President Obama - the question now on everyone's mind is, will his running mate be able to do the same this week?

Pundits (and everyone else) pretty much agreed after last Thursday's debate on domestic issues that challenger Romney outperformed the president.

"The poll, conducted by Pew Research Center from Thursday through Sunday and released on Monday, shows Romney leading Obama among likely voters nationwide, 49 percent to 45 percent. That's a stark contrast from Pew's mid-September poll after both parties' conventions, which showed Obama up 8 points among likely voters," Yahoo News reports.

The two candidates' running mates - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Vice President Joe Biden - will meet for their only debate Thursday. The debate will air on television from 9-10:30 p.m.The debate will be moderated by Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent for ABC News. It will be held at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Analysts expect the two to mix it up more than their bosses did last week. Here's what to watch for, according to Reuters.

"Congressman Paul “The Kid” Ryan is light on his feet and knows how to dance around an answer if he has to. But don’t count out scrappy Vice-president Joe “The Gaffer” Biden, who can do rope-a-dope, better than anyone around. Look how he handled Sarah Palin four years ago," wrote Catherine Poe in the Washington Times.

Patch will have a live blog running on all our Connecticut sites Thursday night, and we will be conducting a flashpoll of political influencers afterwards.

Tell us: Who do you think will come out on top in the Ryan v. Biden debate? Add your thoughts in the comments.

Daria Novak October 09, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I expect a good showing from Paul Ryan and expect him to win. He is a bright and compassionate man with creative ideas and a willingness to think outside the box. He is the type of person I would like to see in the White House.
Jim Jones October 09, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Biden should win because he needs to. Obama was sitting on a large lead and blew the debate off. Also some people including both Biden and Romney debate better than they do at regular speeches. Anyone can read a telepromter but it comes off as dull. Both sides make claims during debates which are at the least not provable. If the other person doesn't challenge the claim, they become the loser.
Daniel Winfree October 09, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Biden will win most definitively. He is too much of a seasoned veteran to let a whippersnapper defeat him.
Robert Bracer October 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a public letter to the House of Representatives saying the Ryan budget would hurt poor families, seniors, and the unemployed. They explained that the Ryan budget flies in the face of Catholic social teachings: "Paul Ryan is a sincere Catholic and a brother in Christ, and we ask him to reconnect with the compassion for the poor and vulnerable that is rooted in our consciences and articulated by the Catholic Church" and "His cuts “will hurt hungry children, poor families, vulnerable seniors and workers who cannot find employment. These cuts are unjustified and wrong.” Nice call Daria. As always on the wrong side :)
John October 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM
If anyone recalls the 2008 primary debates, Biden is going to lose terribly. Biden had a shot against the folksy, home-spun antics of Sarah Palin, but he doesn't stand a chance against a youthful, charismatic, wordsmith like Ryan.
Shelly October 10, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Without question Biden will win. Ryan has shown over again when he pushed to answer a question he doesn't like, he get testy and rude or just lies. He lied something like 27 times during the convention speech. That is a fact. He is for further tax cuts for the very wealthy, Want to pay for this with cuts in education and programs to feed children among destruction of medicare and social security elimination of health care for pre exsisting conditions. He is throwing seniors to the curb. This is all part of the Ryan plan that passed in the house. This is his plan. People bury themselves in the sand or are brainwashed but he is evil. I know Biden is going to call him out on all of this. He wont be able to claim he is moderate Obama made the mistake of not calling Romney out on his lies. Biden will not. He has always been a strong debater. I cant wait to see him destroyed
Shelly October 10, 2012 at 03:27 AM
If you consider someone that is an habitual liar charismatic and a wordsmith than a guess he is your man. He had that way with words when he was asked by Chris Wallace to explain how he was going to pay for the tax cuts for the wealthy. He said it's too complicated. He doesnt have the time. His words were charming the seniors at AARP when they booed him for wanting appeal the affordable health care act which ups their cost for prescription drugs. I guess they also didnt like the idea of their children and grandchildren not having social security when they retire. He is a charismatic wordsmith, translation he is a con man
Shelly October 10, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I guess your rich. He does not care about the 47 percent. This includes the elderly, veterans, students, disabled. Is this compassion.? An $8000 voucher for seniors to buy health insurance as long as you dont have a pre exsisting condition is compassion.Many elderly on fixed incomes. Obamacare as already lowered their prescription drug cost. Medicare is free. Seniors do not want the elimination of medicare. Eliminate pell grants to students. Raise the student loan rates. Privatizing will do thi.s . His creative ideas is to cut education, , health care, and jobs. This is the type of person you would like to see in the white house?
Charles October 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM
"When people talk about Biden’s upcoming debate performance, they seem to forget how Biden did in his debate against Sarah Palin in 2008. That was one of the biggest challenges in 08, pitting a guy with over 30 years service as a successful Senator against a blithering, but very attractive female, idiot. It is often difficult for men to get the dynamic of debating women–both respecting them but not bullying them–right, and this was all the more dangerous. But Biden nailed it. Whatever Biden says to rebut Ryan, he is of all four candidates the most personable to people outside of the Beltway. Paul Ryan is a world-class bluffer and will lie just like Romney did."
Jon October 10, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Biden will lose. He is a bumbling buffoon. A union stooge. Ryan is crisp, and like Romney knows his facts.
John McCarron October 10, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I find it quite humorous that Democrats are screaming liar at both Romney and Ryan because they have absolutely no substantive rebuttal to their statements. Their mad Romney and Ryan are saying the right things and even more angry that the current administration's policies have failed. So they resort to "Liars!" Paul Ryan will win and win big like Romney.
greg stephens October 11, 2012 at 01:23 AM
As an exrepublican due to the total indifference to people in need, I hope Joe cleans Ryan's clock. I owned a business that was successful for over 30 years that was wiped out due the recklessness of the Bush administration. Unpaid tax cuts with a war, 2 wars going on and a Medicare drug benefit that was also unpaid . If people would only see that for what it was. Obama brought us back from the abyss, and that I am quite sure of. Then republicans say the nastious things about people in need , the very people their policies put in such peril. People this is not my fathers republican party and I will be pleased if the lose resoundly. Then I will say the lloss of my business due the Bush recession will be a littlel less painful.


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