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Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 11:48am

Biden And Ryan Face Off In Debate

Vice President Joe Biden and GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan face off in Kentucky during their first live, televised debate. Georgia political analysts are predicting more energy than last week’s Presidential debate.

Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan are expected to discuss foreign and domestic policies. That could include topics like taxes, Obamacare and Ryan’s proposal to switch Medicare to a voucher system. University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock is expecting fireworks— especially compared to Obama’s lackluster performance in Colorado:

“It should be much livelier than the Presidential debate we watched a week ago, The Obama team got such bad reviews on his performance, I think we’re going to see Joe Biden be very aggressive, very engaged, so there’s going to be quite a clash between him and Paul Ryan.”

Polls released since the Denver debate, which was viewed by 67 million people, point to a significantly tighter race. The latest national Gallup survey shows that Mitt Romney has inched ahead of Obama, 49 to 47 percent.

Matt Brewster, chair of the Athens-Clarke County Republican Party, says he expects the economy to be the main concern for both Democrats and Republicans in Georgia watching the debate:

“I think a lot of Georgia voters would like the rest of the country will be interested in seeing what the economic plans will be for both parties and what both the vice president and vice presidential candidate will have to offer during the debate.”

According to a poll released this week by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, more voters view Biden unfavorably than favorably—51 percent compared to 39 percent.

Ryan’s numbers were more evenly split: 44 percent favorable and 40 percent unfavorable.