Biden may surprise in debate

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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A Republican strategist and former GOP leader says no one should underestimate Vice President Joe Biden in his debate with Republican Paul Ryan on Thursday.

The debate, which will take place at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, will cover both foreign and domestic topics. While the vice president has a reputation for political gaffs, at least one pundit believes the longtime politician should not be disregarded in a debate against vice-presidential hopeful Paul Ryan.

Tom Pauken served on Ronald Reagan's White House staff and later became chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. He suggests that Biden may step up his game when it comes to debate.

Pauken, Tom"I remember four years ago Sarah Palin did a terrific job against Joe Biden -- but Joe Biden is no slouch when it comes to these debates," he says.

Pauken also expects Biden to be in full attack mode against the Wisconsin congressman.

"I would expect that the Obama-Biden camp will try to attack Ryan on the Social Security-Medicare issue and try to scare the elderly into believing that if the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected in November that the Social Security checks are going to go away," Pauken tells OneNewsNow.

But Pauken is confident Ryan will hold his own against the VP.

"People feel very fragile right now; nonetheless, I feel Paul Ryan is a very articulate proponent of conservative points of view, and I would expect he would hold his own," he observes.

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