October 10th, 2012
07:33 PM ET
9 years ago

King: VP debate no game-changer, but could shift momentum

(CNN) - Yes, the debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan is sure to be entertaining, and it comes at an important moment in a highly competitive presidential campaign. But let's not get carried away.

Some healthy context, courtesy of Republican pollster Whit Ayres: "Dan Quayle got his clock cleaned in his VP debate and still ended up as vice president."

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Filed under: Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Vice presidential debate
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. yellowbird

    Biden needs to give Obama some hunting tips.

    October 10, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Dennis

    Doesn't CNN have a show spouting off about how they "keep'em honest"? CNN actually had a so called authority or opinion meister on an afternoon show refer to Biden as "extremely popular with the beer driining, blue collar, good ol' football males"! What a big lie! There is no place bigger on football than Texas,. and I can tell you Joe Biden is not in with any here in Texas. Texas will bote 59% or more in favor of Romney. The only place Joe Biden is really popular is those woman sun tanning and beauty palors he spends all his time at gossiping, and smoozing. Joe Biden is as fake as the Halloween Witches that popularize D. C.

    October 10, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Whit Ayres: "Dan Quayle got his clock cleaned in his VP debate and still ended up as vice president." ◄
    That's because their wasn't a LIAR-IN-CHIEF wannabe on the top of the TICKET!!

    I am not worrying about the so-called BUMP Romney got from the debate – that was his LAST CHANCE before the election and he is already dropping his gains because he continues to LIE – it will all come out in the next debate!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 10, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Squigman

    Game changer? Momentum changer? Look at the statistics pertaining to senior citizen hunger, and the states where it happens the most. All of the states mentioned are republican strongholds, where republicans have ruled for years. And they contend to have the senior citizens best interest at heart. Talk about these statistics, and show the republicans for what they really stand for.

    October 10, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Joe, IF you really want to win this debate, you don't have to do anything spectatular. Just ask Ryan these two words for every lie he tries to tell the American people: SPECIFICS, please.

    Congratulations Joe. You just WON the debate.

    October 10, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I'd expect Biden to do well because he has done this so often. He is the elder statesman who knows the system.

    October 10, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. Joel Amusavi (Kenyan)

    I haven't seen anything on Joe Bidden unlike Ryan where u put a lengthy story. Christian values for both candidates ?

    October 10, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Larry L

    What would happen in the debate if lies weren't tolerated? Would Lyin' Ryan just sit silent, unable to communicate?

    October 10, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    Paul Ryan is no Dan Quayle. He's sharp and knows his stuff. And if he is anywhere near as prepared as Romney was, he'll make Biden look like the whack job he is.

    October 11, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  10. California

    And it could very easily extend the current momentum.

    Romney / Ryan 2012

    October 11, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  11. Pedron

    Go get that old hog Ryan!! don't let him lie to the "people"

    October 11, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  12. Get Real

    This is going to be a joke!!!

    October 11, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  13. John, PA

    Yes it could shift momentum; even more; from a slow steam roller to a fast steam roller over Obama campaign and the Democratic Party, there won’t be enough Democrats left to call it a party.

    October 11, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |