The vice presidential debate on Thursday will likely be the most entertaining of the four-part presidential debate series.
Gaffe-prone, Joe “this is a big f*cking deal” Biden, versus the conservative wunder boy Paul “P90x” Ryan. Forget policy points, this debate will likely be more about rhetorical “gotcha” moments, each party right-hand-man ripping the other as well as their opposite’s presidential candidate. President Obama will expect Biden to go for the jugular and attack the Romney-Ryan tax plan and the Romney-Ryan “lies, all lies” campaign. Ryan, conversely, will be expected to say the things Romney isn’t allowed to say in a presidential debate … un-relentlessly trashing the Obama presidency.
It’s being billed the “Thrill in the’Ville” (it’s being held in the small town of Danville, Kentucky), and it’s sure to be a slug fest.
So much so, that this parody video has now surfaced:
This is also a good representation:
By all accounts and polls, President Obama got trounced after the first presidential debate in Denver. In the latest Gallup poll, Romney has pulled dead even at 47%. In swing state polls, Romney has gained ground in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Virginia. Obama performed so poorly that he even joked about his performance at a campaign concert in Los Angeles over the weekend. Speaking at the Nokia Theater, Obama said that the musical acts that performed for his campaign, like Stevie Wonder, "just perform flawlessly, night after night. I can't always say the same."
After Obama's refusal to get aggressive and attack challenger Mitt Romney on his 47% comments, both parties are fully expecting that Biden will come out throwing punches to put Democrats back on the offensive at the vice presidential debate this week.
Politico's Jonathan Martin writes, "If Gentleman Joe took the stage four years ago, determined not to come off as patronizing or bullying Sarah Palin, it seems almost certain that Thursday will bring the appearance of Scranton Joe, the scrappy pol who’s never been afraid to throw a punch … The circumstances around the face-off this week at Centre College actually most resemble not 2008 but 2004: the incumbent president flops in his first debate, forcing his older and more seasoned vice-president to take it to a younger foe."
So, this debate could not only matter, it could also get heated. Expect more one-liners, zingers, gaffes, and quotable lines for the media to run wild with on Friday.
Here's one more reason the debate will matter: money. After Romney's solid debate performance, the campaign announced it had raised more than $12 million in 48 hours. That's important considering the Obama campaign's September fundraising total of $181 million.
The debate is scheduled to take place in the small town of Danville, Kentucky on October 11, Thursday evening. The debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. EST. For live coverage and real-time analysis, check back on PolicyMic for everything you need to know.