V.P. Candidates Prepare for Debate

EUGENE, Ore. — The two candidates are very different but have a couple of specific tasks Thursday night.

The political science instructor we spoke with says Joe Biden and Paul Ryan are not only very different generationally but also in their experience debating.

This debate could prove significant coming off of last week’s presidential debate in which Mitt Romney seemed to come out ahead of President Obama.

In terms of style, there are also some stark differences. Joe Biden will likely be more controlled than we’ve seen him in some of the rallies. He’s going to want to showcase differences between Ryan and Romney, and Ryan is going to have to mitigate that and reduce signs of difference in their policy and positions.

“They have to put forward the best face that they can on the number one spot on the ticket on the presidential candidates because at the end of the day, that’s what people are voting for. They are voting for the presidential candidates, and Biden and Ryan are going to have to prop up their candidate,” said Steve Candee, Lane Community College political science instructor.

Candee says the candidates will fare better if they showcase emotions, frustrations and values rather than specific policy that doesn’t always connect with the voter.

We will be watching the debate with Candee, and we will have a complete analysis on how the candidates performed in our special edition show at 10 p.m.

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