Originally Posted by Kaylore
A lot of my Republican friends think Ryan is going win this because Biden has been Obama's Dan Quayle. Not so. Biden is very charming and charismatic. He does put his foot in his mouth, but I think if Ryan comes out trying to show off what a policy wonk/numbers guru he is, he could come across as too professorial, cold and antagonistic.
I don't agree Biden should start attacking. Right now the campaign looks desparate with the Big Bird fiasco right after a horrid debate performance. The Dems want to "hit back" but I think the smart play would be to calm things and reestablish some semblence of normalcy. If I'm Biden, I turn on that million dollar smile say a few things to get the younger, less-experienced Ryan riled up (because he has the numbers to argue his points) and then just try to appear as the calm, rational one while Ryan chases his tail.
If I'm Ryan, I don't let Biden draw me in. I go with a minimalist approach and then layer in my intricate knowledge of policy, statistics and data in a minimal approach. I would try to showcase my youth, energy and excitement toward addressing the concerns of the economy in an optimistic way and try and paint Biden as "old hat."
This is going to be another fun one to watch. I expect Biden to do well.
Agree. Biden doesn't want to come across as an attack dog that's overcompensating for Obama's poor performance. Ryan doesn't want to come across as a strictly analytical and dry bean counter. What will make the debate fun is if they both do what they shouldn't.