October 7th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Stakes get higher in upcoming Biden-Ryan debate

(CNN) – A former senator vs. a congressman. A Catholic vs. a Catholic. A policy wonk vs. an experienced speaker. The elements are in place for an interesting debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan.

And Sunday marked Round II of the expectations game, as campaign advisers and surrogates sought to set the stage for Thursday's showdown.

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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Presidential Debates
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  1. The Truth...

    Biden is a "Catholic" in name only. Poor conscience formation and poor understaning of the teachings within his own faith. Very sad.

    October 7, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Joe will rip that Idiot. Ok, joe, Analyze the lies from these thugs. Hit with 47%, BAI-capital, etc, mitt the twit comment from England, raise your voice.,

    October 7, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Republicans; the "Not Intended to be Factually Accurate" Party

    This debate isn`t about making Ryan look bad, it`s about making Romney look bad.

    Biden should press Ryan to enumerate Romney`s tax plan in NUMBERS since Romney said %5 Trillion [over 10 years] wasn`t the number.

    The Obama team needs to seize on the human distrust of secretive Romney ever so slightly. Biden should say: "Mr. Ryan, the American people may or may not agree with YOUR TEAM`s tax reform plan but IF you want to occupy the Whitehouse, they insist on knowing precisely what it is. You guys are good at the numbers I`m told. So in 1 of those simple "whiteboard" or Powerpoint presentations, give us the puts & takes in your tax plan and let Americans determine if it is credible"

    Biden should use those EXACT words to embarass the GOP into telling 67 million people the specifics. The President can then finish Romney off in DEBATE No. 2.

    October 7, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Brian

    I'd say Biden and Ryan are both policy wonks.

    October 7, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Fubar

    This should be on pay for view. We have possibly the most intelligent vice presidential candidate ever debating the dumbest idiot ever to be vice president. Joes got to be soiling his pants about now!

    October 7, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Lying through a debate is now a "winning" strategy? Lying through a campaign is going to be the way "forward" for America? Mitt Romney promises one flip flop after another, and somehow, the majority of Americans are now swayed to "his" side? Doubtful at best.

    In the past two years alone, America has seen just what a Mitt Romney presidency would do to America simply by seeing what living through one Republican controlled state after another has done for America. Lost wages. Lost jobs. Lost voting rights. Lost women's rights. And now - because Romney managed to lie his way through a debate in a manner no other candidate would have been allowed to lie and not been laughed off the stage by our American media - he is slated to win the election regardless of his lies? Give me a freaking break.

    October 7, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Name Tyna

    @TheTruth: Considering that a catholic priest and the Nuns on a Bus have criticized Paul Ryan for saying his tax plan is based on his faith, since they believe its far from it, don't you think you should be referring to Ryan and not Vice President Biden in your statement?

    October 7, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. virginia girl

    Joe Biden is more man, more Catholic, smarter,wiser and way more truthful than Ryan can ever dream to be. You dont govern as a Catholic or any other domination for that matter.Even the Catholic church call lian Ryan and his policies IMMORAL.

    October 7, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Fits

    Bidens got this one. as wonky as ryan might be, Biden lives the game day after day. unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it Bidens going to flaten him. Expirence wins hands down.

    October 7, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Ancient Texan

    Ryan will hold his own with Biden, though Biden will be on his good behavior and try to keep his foot out of his mouth. Yeah, the 47% will come up and actually it's 49.5% that pay no taxes and since I'm too old to hold a job, I'm one of those and I WILL NEVER vote for OBAMA/BIDEN! If Medicare and Social Security isn't reformed it will just suddenly go away-bankrupt..Bain Capital is a good company and saved a goodly number of troubled companies and the jobs that were with them.

    October 7, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. ralph

    guryl, where have you been the last 4 yrs living ing disney world!! joe biden has a condtion called foot in the mouth diease!! joe the gaffer will make more of his stupid statements and ryan wuld make him look like his real nickname joe the clown have great day guryl !! get your head out of the sand!

    October 7, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. El Pingú

    @Gurgyl, I think you're asking too much from that poor old man.
    He is a lose screw without a thread and if he usually says the dumbest things with prepared speeches, I can only imagine what he'll say ad lib.

    Anyway, be careful what you wish for my little blind sucking creature, you might just get it and with a twist.

    October 7, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Thomas

    How can Ryan defend his years of supporting a GW Bush policy ?

    He was like an arran boy for the GW Bush administration .

    October 7, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Pete

    Is the stakes higher for Ryan because his mentor Ayn Rands book Atlas Shrugged ,now a movie is coming out,wow just at the right time,are the movie creators Democrates or what!!Can Ryan lie like the pathelogical liar Romney can,was he taught right,can a catholic alter boy lie like a whore in church, maybe for the position he wants as VP,he'd probibly sell his soul for that position wouldn't he!!We'll see at the debates just how much he let's out and if he gives us his own policies or those of his bosses Romney,he is egotistical and I wouldn't put it past him to slip one in on the STENCH his brother in arms right!!Biden will be waiting with open arms to mop the floor with Romneys sidekick Ryan,he's not as polite as the incumbent so hold your ears it may get nasty,but politics like these always are ,right!!

    October 7, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. Legalize Reason

    I would rather have Reince Priebus debate a weale on the issue of why Priebus is actually more weaslly than a weasle.

    By the way, what a transparent strategy – tell everybody how great the other guy is so that unless Ryan drools on himself, the GOP can claim a "blockbuster" victory in the incredibly relevant and important VP debates.

    October 7, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. Dzee

    All Biden needs to do is stand there and say the truth about healthcare. Romney wants to use overburdened, expensive emergency rooms for health care because he thinks it's free..(his words) it's not. His plan for preexisting conditions will eliminate healthcare for about 70 million Americans right out of the gate, that's allowing 50,000 Americans to die this year for absolutely No reason other than their 'politics'. The only way a preexisting person can get healthcare under Romney is if they had it recently (if they had it recently it wouldn't be an issue..duh). Romney will destroy any chance of healthcare in this country, it will be a luxury item that few Americans can afford.

    October 7, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Pete

    @The Truth,we need more than a catholic at this point .Bidens going to show that Ayn Rand diciple what the floor looks like at floor level , he's not the polished ,polite one like the incumbent,he's the dog that definitly has the bite and the old political hardknocks smarts it takes to put a preppy where he belongs,on a trip back to Wisconsin to lick his wounds!!

    October 7, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Sylvestre Apolonio

    So long the debate remain factual on both fronts it will be a dandy. I was disappointed of the Presidential debate a – one-sided factual debate.

    October 7, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. Bernard obryant

    Ryan plan he try to plan in congress didnt help middle class he could change it also biden taxing the rich is not going the help the work ing class and the middle class people two

    October 8, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  20. petrey

    Biden doesnt have a chance, he has nothing to run on, what his record? what a joke. How much does it take for people to see the truth, Talk about lies, look at the bogus proven wrong adds that are being ran against Romney, I guess thats what happens when you have nothing else to run on.

    October 8, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  21. SF Girl

    @The Truth, so are most of the "evangelicals". Worship Jesus but reject his teachings. Just so you know, I am a born again christian voting for Obama.

    October 8, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  22. anonoymous

    Hope Ryan is ready Joe's not going to be a nice as the president was. Get em Joe!

    October 8, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |