Priebus plays expectations game for VP debate
October 7th, 2012
10:29 AM ET
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Priebus plays expectations game for VP debate

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee chairman continued to downplay debate expectations for the GOP ticket Sunday, this time setting the stage for the upcoming showdown between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

"I think people realize that Joe Biden is a gifted orator. He's very good at rhetoric. And I think he's very relatable," Priebus said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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While Biden is known to make gaffes on the campaign trail, the vice president – who was a U.S. senator for 36 years - certainly does not lack experience on the debate stage, Priebus said.
"He knows his stuff," the chairman added.

Ryan, however, will do a "great job," Priebus said, pointing to the House budget committee chairman's passion for numbers and commitment to "understanding the problems of this economy." In fact, a recent CNN/ORC International Poll found that 55% of likely voters thought Ryan will fare better in the debate, while 39% said Biden will win.

"I think they're two different people, and I think it's going to be a great night," Priebus told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, who will moderate the second presidential debate on October 16.

Ryan and Biden face off Thursday at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

And while the unemployment rate ticked below 8% for the first time since President Barack Obama took office, Priebus maintained Sunday the economy was still getting "clobbered."

"The fact of the matter is the president and Joe Biden are getting clobbered on the policies that they put in place," Priebus said. "They promised we'd be a heck of a lot better off than we are today. We're nowhere close."

Friday's jobs report showed unemployment unexpectedly fell to 7.8% in September, down from 8.1%, while a separate survey showed 114,000 jobs were added to the economy that same month.

The last time the unemployment rate was that low was in January 2009, the month Obama was inaugurated.
But Republicans argued the new number was nothing to celebrate, with some saying it indicated more Americans were leaving the job force - while others simply said it's too little, too late.

"If you are getting blown out in a football game but are scoring field goals once a quarter, you can't point to the three points every quarter and say at least we're scoring some points," Priebus said. "We're still getting clobbered."

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    vic , nashville ,tn

    @ Stop the hate
    Romney ahead 2 points in Wisconsin not true

    Don't worry. The polls have never been "true" from the day Obama took office. He's still ahead and the media knows it. They're just upset that Romney never generated any interest and so they've managed to manufacture an interest.

    Fact is, Mitt Romney has no shame. When a man has no shame, he simply can't be trusted ... by anyone. It's a good lesson for the media to learn while they continue to manufacture their "story line" until election day. Those who put trust in Mitt Romney are in as much denial now as they where with George W. Bush. Republicans NEVER learn by their mistakes ... they simply go on making the same mistakes over and over again. Including voting for a man whose own homestate(s) wants nothing to do with him because they already learned the hard way why Romney can't be trusted.

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

    I have been following the presidential race for some time and I have come to the conclusion that republicans have a one track mind and no integrity whatsoever.How can an inteligent person vote for a candidate who says one thing today and tomorrow says somethig different and still think that is okay to lie to the people. They are not happy to see the economy getting better, because they lost the one talking point they had against Obama knowing that if the congress had not obstructed Obama on his job bill the economy would be even better now.

    October 7, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Jill

    Priebus is such a weasel. As for the debates, I think Joe will do well. He doesn't need to lie to support what he believes in - the man is genuine, and that's what people want.

    October 7, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Pedro Ocasio

    The fact of the matter is that if congress had passed President Obama's job bill we will have at this moment over a million more people working specially on construction. We would have more demand for goods, more people would be paying more taxes that would then help, to grow the economy and ultimately the unemployment rate would've been much lower than 7.8% and that my friend the republicans did not want before and still do not want now.

    October 7, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. PDM

    I expect Mr. Ryan to wipe the floor with old Joe. Biden's rhetoric is as lame as the liberal agenda and the lies become so blurred that he actually believes them. The American people are not as stupid as the Democratic party thinks. They see through the phony unemployment figures and nobody believes anything written on CNN anymore. Biden will live up to his moniker of the "dumbest man in the senate" with some colossal gaffes. I can hardly wait. The least transparent and most corrupt administration in US history is coming to an end very soon. They know it and the American public can certainly feel it. When you can't run on your record, you play the blame game. Hope and change has turned into divide and spew hate. The change is coming in November.

    October 7, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Obama and many other Democrats will win. Just follow Intrade and the TPM electoral college map, and you will see. Romney/Ryan are shameless liars, and Romney is an incredible flip-flopper. Obama/Biden 2012!

    October 7, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    Antisocialist: "Ryan is very smart where Biden is not so bright. Osama had a hit list and Biden didn't make his list, that in itself tells you something"

    Mittens 'n' Munster were also not on Osama bin Laden's list (as if you had access to it – HAH!) ...

    October 7, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Since its too close to the VP debate for me to send a fax or email to Vice President Joe Biden, I am going to give his some debate tips right here on CNN.con... Vice President Biden, I hope you're reading cause these tips would serve as a game changer for the Obama/Biden ticket and would bury the Romney/Ryan ticket once and for all.

    Here we go...

    During the Presidential debate, Governor Romney said that his economic plan is like no other and that it has never been tried before. Though President Obama failed to score a knockout punch here, I hope you point out on Thursday night that Governor Romney's economic plan has alread been tried before and that is why Massachussetts was 47th in job growth. You also need to point out that Romney's economic plan has also been tried before when he bankrupt American companies, laid off Americans, shipped our jobs overseas, and made large profits by failing to pay taxes and hiding his money in foreign accounts.

    #2. Governor Romney said that as President he'd create 12 million jobs by end of his first term. Vice President Biden, I hope you point out that Governor Romney couldn't even create jobs in one state, there you should ask how is he going to create jobs in 50 states?

    #3. Governor Romney down played the recent unemployment rate of 7.8%, arguing that that statistic does not do anything to help the 23 million Americans who are still unemployed and he agrued that after four years, President Obama hasn't done anything to help these Americans find work. Furthermore, Governor Romney said that as POTUS, he'd create 12 million jobs by end of his first term. Then if so Vice President Biden, you need to ask Romney/Ryan WHAT about the remaining 11 million Romney would leave unemployed after his first term? Furthemore, as President, Romney wouldn't have to deal with an economic crisis because the economy would have already been stabilized. Secondly, he wouldn't have to deal with two foreign wars nor a divided congress that said they wanted him and the country to fail.

    #4. While Governor Romney continues to enjoy blaming President Obama for the unemployment rate, its about time the Obama/Biden ticket remind the Romney/Ryan ticket that millions of those currently unemployed are not unemployed because there is not work out there but they are unemployed because there is not work in their field, therefore it would take time for these Americans to re-train retool themselves to find work in other professions like manufacturing and healthcare and other skilled professions where there are millions of jobs available. Therefore, the unemployment rate cannot be solved overnigh as it is a process that is affected by various interchangible factors.

    Good Luck!

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    October 7, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Hey Vice President Biden, here's another important question to pose to Mr. Ryan on Thursday night...

    During the first Presidential debate, Governor Romney accused President Obama of exhausting time on the healthcare bill while millions of Americans were out of work. Vice President Biden you need to throw this silly comment right back in Romney's face by telling he and Mr. Ryan that if you cannot multi-task as POTUS and balance your leadership by taking on multiple tasks simultaneously, then you're not qualified to be POTUS. let's face it, the title of POTUS is that of Commander-in-Chief, President and Leader of the Free World, therefore if that is too much for Governor Romney to handle, then he should stick to his role of CEO.

    Secondly Vice President Biden, I would like you to pose this very important question to the American people..

    And that question is this...whose economic judgement would you trust to improve, strenghten and grow our economy? Governor Romney's economic judgement that says it was an unwise decision, a risky gamble and a waste of stimulus money trying to bail out our auto industry or President Obama's economic judgement that says bailing out our auto industry was the most sensible and the right thing to do?

    Thanks Vice President Biden!

    Obama/biden 2012!

    October 7, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    We are a lot better off than when the gop was in power ,and if you don't think so , its time for a brain transplant !!!!!!

    October 7, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. jw

    The real story is! Are we better off with this GOP Congress than we were 2 years ago?

    October 7, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Etch Romney

    Yeah, but if you came in the game down by 50 and were able to lead the team to 4 field goals – you'd be starting next week! With a name like Reince Priebus, maybe stay away from sports analogies.

    October 8, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
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