The Vice Presidential Debate Pre-Commentary
Posted at 7:36 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2012
The only vice presidential debate of the 2012 election season will feature two hard-hitting policy wonks in Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Here is a roundup of predebate commentary and be sure to check back on Wonk Wire for reactions after the debate.
Matthew Yglesias: “Here’s one question I’m all but certain won’t be asked tonight but really should: Given that both tickets are running on rival deficit reduction plans, could you explain to the American people what problem in the typical person’s life today would be ameliorated by a smaller deficit? I think the right answer is: Nothing.”
Ezra Klein has some pre-debate essential reading.
Reuters: “Foreign policy is expected to be a major topic. Republicans are eager to take the Obama administration to task over last month’s attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East. Biden, 69, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees, will be ready to point out the lack of international experience on the Romney-Ryan ticket.”
First Read: “As the chairman of the House Budget committee, Ryan knows about the budget better than almost anyone in politics. Luckily for Ryan, Romney’s main message centering on dollars and cents, a topic Ryan is very comfortable discussing. But while Ryan knows the budget well, he’s also a wonk. He won’t have a PowerPoint presentation available to help viewers understand trend lines and numbers. His challenge will be to keep his answers simple enough so that people watching will actually understand the somewhat dense concepts.”