All Eyes on Ryan, Biden in Only VP Debate

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The eyes of the nation will be on Danville, Ky., Thursday night as Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., go head-to-head in their first and only vice presidential debate.

With polls still showing a tight race for the White House, the pressure is on both men to turn in a game-winning performance.

Tonight's debate has gained importance since GOP nominee Mitt Romney's strong showing in the first presidential faceoff.

Polls have shifted in Romney's favor since the debate. Ryan wants to build on that momentum, while Biden would like to slow it down.

CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody is at the debate. He spoke with CBN News about what to expect tonight, on CBN Newswatch, Oct. 11.

Both men have been preparing extensively for the big night.

"I feel good about it," Ryan remarked.

"Been studying up on Congressman Ryan's positions," Biden said.

Biden has been in practice sessions with top Obama advisers.

"He's in a good mood, good shape. This is something he's done before, and he knows what he's doing," CBS News quoted former Sen. Ted Kaufman, D-Del.

Ryan, in preparations to take on the more skilled debater, has been hauling two thick briefing books around the country, trying to get familiar with his opponent.

Officials in both parties anticipate Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and experienced debater, will play hardball with the less experienced Ryan.

Both have been attacking the other campaign on the stump.

"What I'm excited about is we get to offer the American people a very clear choice," Ryan told CNN. "Joe Biden's been on this stage before. He has been on these big stages. This is my first time. But what he can't run from is President Obama's indefensible record. They're just offering more of the same."

The 90-minute debate is expected to cover domestic issues, such as big government spending and Medicare reform, both strong suits for Ryan.

And in light of the recent attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya and the nuclear threat from Iran, foreign policy will be a key talking point, subjects Biden is familiar with as the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Democrats are hoping Biden can get some momentum back for his ticket after the president's poor performance last week. If nothing else, tonight's debate is likely to highlight the clear differences between the two campaigns.

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