It’s a job ridiculed by some who held it, its most important duty just to be there in case the top guy should die.
The first vice president, John Adams, had this to say: “I am vice president. In this I am nothing but I may be everything.”
Similarly, vice presidential debates are often viewed as a sideline to the Big Show. But that’s not true of Thursday’s debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., between Democratic incumbent Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan.
After last week’s universally panned performance by President Barack Obama in his first debate with Mitt Romney, this veep debate takes on added significance and both Ryan and Biden face additional pressures. Biden’s goal is to reverse the momentum of Romney’s strong performance while Ryan will try to continue that momentum and prove he can perform on a big stage.
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