Previewing the Vice Presidential Debate

Oct 11, 2012

The one and only vice presidential debate is garnering a great deal of attention in central Kentucky, but its impact in the voting booth is a tougher issue to gauge.  A reporter roundtable discussion was held this morning at Centre College, home of tonight’s debate.  National Public Radio veteran reporter Don Gonyea says vice presidential debates don’t tend to move the support needle very much.  He says the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin also attracted interest.  “And I recall it being pretty entertaining.  She had the ‘say it ain’t so Joe line and all that.  But again, it probably didn’t have any effect on the outcome.  This one I think it’s reasonable to assume the same thing going in unless, of course, something happens.  And that’s why we are all here,” said Gonyea.

White House McClatchy Correspondent Lesley Clark expects a question of foreign policy to be the first offered this evening.  The first presidential debate last week focused only on domestic matters.  

“Yeah I think there’s a sense that all eyes are on this one in terms of really turning it around in the closing weeks of the campaign.  Although, next Tuesday the two primaries will debate, so it will be the story of the week until it isn’t,” said Clark.

BBC White House Bureau Chief Simon Wilson says people in other parts of the world are still interested in knowing more about Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.  Centre College Political Scientist Ben Knoll also participated in the hour long roundtable talk.