VP debate: Biden aims to stop GOP momentum

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — Political analysts say Vice President Joe Biden has to go in with arms swinging in tonight’s debate against Republican challenger Paul Ryan. Because of President Obama's lackluster performance in last week's debate, they say Biden must sharpen his attacks and pounce on Ryan's more conservative ideas.

“Joe Biden has a great opportunity tonight to try to help get some of that momentum back from the last debate and the way to do that is to hang the Ryan budget around Paul Ryan’s neck,” said Mary Ann Marsh, a Democratic strategist and consultant at the Dewey Square Group in Boston.  “Paul Ryan will then be put in the position to defend what he believes or deny what he’s believed for the last 19 years.”

Some national polls show Romney edging Obama for the first time in over a month.  Members of the GOP see tonight’s debate as an opportunity to continue Romney’s momentum, and attract Massachusetts voters to the Republican ticket. 

“That momentum’s been growing.  We see new poll information today coming out of some of the key battleground states that that momentum is translating into voter opinion, but it’s absolutely essential that the momentum be continued so folks don’t see it as an anomaly in terms of one debate performance,” said Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).

This will be Ryan’s first time on the national debate stage.  He’s suggested his youth relative to Biden will give him wider appeal. Biden is known for making gaffes, but Democrats believe his working class charisma will shine through.

“The vice-president needs to come out strong, I think the vice president needs to come out, you know, knowing the facts really well but you know the vice president always providing us with great entertainment so I myself will be making the popcorn,” said Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield).

The debate begins at 9pm eastern time Thursday night and will be streamed live on wwlp.com.

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