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When it comes to foreign policy issues, will VP Joe Biden's experience come out on top or will Paul Ryan take down the foreign policy savant with his cutting remarks?
BOSTON — Once anticipated as an entertaining sideshow between two scrappy candidates, the stakes for tonight’s showdown between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Paul Ryan have risen considerably.
In the wake of last week’s presidential debate in which many claim Romney to have won, the tide and tone of pollsters and pundits across the country is shifting yet again, giving Biden and Ryan a unique opportunity to affect the campaigns in a substantive way at a critical time in the ever-tightening race to the White House.
Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent at ABC News will be moderating the debate. Similar to the presidential debate held in Denver last week, questions regarding domestic policy will be on the table, but the scope of the VP debate has been broadened to cover foreign policy as well.
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VP Joe Biden, a long-serving member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has a strong and reputable track record working in the foreign policy arena.
Alternatively, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., author of the House GOP budget, has spent his congressional career focused on fiscal policy. However, what Ryan may lack in foreign policy experience he has certainly made up for in rhetoric. The bright-eyed budget wonk has gone on the offensive, publicly defending his foreign policy chops while also cutting down the Obama administration for mishandling recent protests in the Middle East.
In any case, for the two men who are vying for an office which John Adams once deemed “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived”, the pressure may be unprecedented, but it is certainly on.
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So tonight, when the earnest, if gaffe-prone, Vice President and the sharp-tongued, young budget junkie from Wisconsin take the stage at Centre College in Danville, KY, the question that should be on everyone's minds is: What will win – the resume or the rhetoric?
VP Joe Biden: Resume
Rep. Paul Ryan: Rhetoric
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