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Do Vice-Presidential debates matter?

chrumbelievable
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10/11/2012 10:20:05 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Tonight is the VP debate. Historically, the general consensus has been that Vice-Presidential debates never really carry ever weight in an election (Agree or disagree? http://debate.org...).

After Obama's poor showing in the last debate, however, many are expecting that Biden will come out swinging tonight in an attempt to regain lost ground. Do you think tonight's face-off will end up having any bearing on next month's election (http://debate.org...)? Why or why not?

Moreover... Who the HECK is going to "win" this one? I recently referred to the event as the "world premiere of 'Dumb and Dumber 3.'" Regardless of whether or not this will affect the election, one thing is for certain: It will definitely be entertaining (and probably humorous) to watch.
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10/11/2012 10:22:55 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/11/2012 10:20:05 AM, chrumbelievable wrote:
Tonight is the VP debate. Historically, the general consensus has been that Vice-Presidential debates never really carry ever weight in an election (Agree or disagree? http://debate.org...).

After Obama's poor showing in the last debate, however, many are expecting that Biden will come out swinging tonight in an attempt to regain lost ground. Do you think tonight's face-off will end up having any bearing on next month's election (http://debate.org...)? Why or why not?

Moreover... Who the HECK is going to "win" this one? I recently referred to the event as the "world premiere of 'Dumb and Dumber 3.'" Regardless of whether or not this will affect the election, one thing is for certain: It will definitely be entertaining (and probably humorous) to watch.

No. None of what you see before your eyes on the tv sheep control machine matters. Obama has already won and this election is a scam. Next please.
philochristos
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10/11/2012 2:45:59 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I don't think it matters just because the public has such a short term memory. Regardless of how well either of them do, it'll be forgotten within a couple of weeks.
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10/11/2012 3:31:50 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
In a race as close at this one it surely has more potential to have an impact then other vice presidential debates, but the election is still a month away. Take into account the two other presidential debates that will follow it, the vP debate may be influential for a week tops and then it will be yesterdays news.

Unless something big happens and one of them makes an enormous gaffe
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10/11/2012 3:43:42 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I think this one may. There have been some memorable moments where a VP candidate slams the other (see Bentson and Quayle) and the contender lost despite a superior and often quoted performance. I think the viewership will be far higher than most other VP debates, and Ryan is viewed as a rising star.

I will say that the Biden Palin debate may have exposed Palin more as being a poor choice by McCain, and actually had some impact on the loss, but ultimately wasn't the deciding factor.

So, I don't think that any VP debate has ever before made a difference, but again this is a different sort of election.
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10/11/2012 3:48:45 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I believe that they do matter. The one thing that people think is that they would vote for a president. Don't forget, if the president dies, then the vice president would take over.

Another reason why the vice Presidential debates matter is because if there is something that the vice president says that the president did not say, then the president could use that.

Lastly, it gives us an idea of what our presidents would be like. If the president chose somebody mean, some voters might not vote for the president, and vice versa.
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10/11/2012 3:50:39 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/11/2012 10:20:05 AM, chrumbelievable wrote:
Tonight is the VP debate. Historically, the general consensus has been that Vice-Presidential debates never really carry ever weight in an election (Agree or disagree? http://debate.org...).:

Not as much as Presidential debates, but I think it's very clear that Palin basically destroyed McCain's chances of winning on account that she's a dumb@ss

After Obama's poor showing in the last debate, however, many are expecting that Biden will come out swinging tonight in an attempt to regain lost ground. Do you think tonight's face-off will end up having any bearing on next month's election (http://debate.org...)? Why or why not?

Moreover... Who the HECK is going to "win" this one? I recently referred to the event as the "world premiere of 'Dumb and Dumber 3.'" Regardless of whether or not this will affect the election, one thing is for certain: It will definitely be entertaining (and probably humorous) to watch.:

Biden, when he can refrain from making idiotic remarks (rare), he does very well. And no doubt his strategy will be aggressive. But Ryan is very knowledgeable and speaks well for his age. It could go either way.
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10/11/2012 5:00:05 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
To be honest, they don't really matter but of course mainstream media makes it matter.

i will be watching the Yankees play Orioles.