WASHINGTON — Both sides expect Vice President Biden to be on the offensive when he shares a Kentucky stage with GOP candidate Rep. Paul Ryan in the one and only televised vice presidential debate Wednesday night.
“He’s got to go right at Ryan and shake him from the very beginning,” said Chris Kofinis, a Democratic strategist. “He’s got to put him on the defensive from the get-go.”
Ryan himself told Detroit radio station WJR on Monday that he expects Biden to come at him like a “cannonball.”
As Biden prepared for Thursday’s debate, the pressure was on him to stop, or at least slow, the momentum that the Mitt Romney-Ryan ticket has enjoyed since last week’s presidential debate. Even President Obama has acknowledged he had an off-night at the debate, allowing Romney to seize the initiative.
“I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite,” the president told radio host Tom Joyner on Wednesday. “Because, you know, it’s hard to sometimes just keep on saying ‘and what you’re saying isn’t true.”
Since then, Romney has rebounded in the polls â€” leading Obama by 1 percentage point in the national polling RealClearPolitics average for the first time in a year.
“Some of what Romney said in terms of changing positions, denying things he believed in before, or his lack of specificity â€¦ I think it is important that we make sure it is challenged in a way that it wasn’t challenged last week,” said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat who is a surrogate for the Obama campaign.
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