KFI will carry the Vice Presidential debate live at 6 p.m.
The “Thrill in the ‘Ville” — aka the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan — gets underway this evening in
But, what’s a political junkie to do between now and the eastern start time? Why, check out the Fix’s viewer’s guide to the proceedings, of course.
Five of our thoughts on what to watch for are below. Have your own keys to tonight’s debate? The comments section is open for business.
* The expectations game: Unlike last week’s debate, where large majorities of people thought beforehand that President Obama would wipe the floor with Mitt Romney (that SO didn’t happen), the expectations are much less tilted toward one candidate for this debate. In a Pew poll released Wednesday, 40 percent of registered voters said they thought Ryan would do a better job while 34 percent thought Biden would. One thing that could work in Ryan’s favor, however, is that he is viewed more favorably than Biden in the Pew survey — meaning that he could get some benefit-of-the-doubt points from people watching at home.
* Stakes is High: Regular Fix readers — that’s everyone, right? — know that we have long been skeptical of the effect that vice presidential picks have on voters’ decision-making process. It would follow logically then that a debate between the two vice presidential candidates would be almost entirely inconsequential — and historical
* Blood on the floor: The 2008 vice presidential debate between Biden and Sarah Palin was decidedly friendly. Biden didn’t want to look like he was taking gratuitous shots at the already-maligned Palin, and the former