Biden-Ryan Debate: How Will Pennsylvania Native Biden Do?

Vice President Joe Biden meets Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan in debate tonight. Patch asked voters 'How will Biden do?' when his wife came campaigning Monday in Wescosville.


The stakes are high tonight as Pennsylvania native Joe Biden meets Congressman Paul Ryan in their only debate.

When Jill Biden made a campaign stop at the Pennsylvania State Education Association office in Wescosville Monday, Patch took the opportunity to ask Obama-Biden supporters how they think Joe Biden will do, given Obama's lackluster performance last week in the first presidential debate and Biden's propensity for gaffes.

Here's what they had to say:

* Muhlenberg College student Hannah Miller:

“Both candidates have the potential to be offensive to somebody as well as to sway them.

“Both are dynamic. It should be interesting.”

* Linda Mancinelli of Allentown, whose daughter, Alissa Jebitsch, is a volunteer for the Obama campaign. Mancinelli is an official “comfort captain” for area volunteers, which means mostly that she feeds them and, in some cases, offers them a place to stay if they’re from out of the area:

“Vice President Biden is very strong.

“Ryan doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Nothing he says leads me to believe he realizes this is an election of the people.

“Obama is not finished yet.”

Who do you think will win the debate? Tell us in the comments.

* On Facebook, Lower Macungie Patch received two responses to a call for predictions on the debate. One came from a frequent commenter who identifies himself as “Boozie McLiver Damage”:

“The 'debate' will likely resemble an Saturday Night Live skit. This link of "Biden-isms" will illustrate why.

“Essentially, I think that Biden is in big trouble.

“Ryan is articulate and informed, while Biden has repeatedly made some embarrassing public gaffes ... Not the least of which was the cringe inducing 'they're gonna put y'all back in chains' remark to a largely African American audience.”

Tonight's debate has taken on new importance following the first presidential debate last week between President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. Nearly 66 percent of all voters thought Romney performed better, resulting in a boost in the polls for him, according to the Pew Research Center.

Biden faces pressure to stem that momentum in the Romney campaign, according to an ABC News report.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Patch that Ryan should expect Biden to be aggressive. "He’ll come out and repeat some of the attacks you’ve seen in the past about Paul Ryan’s budget plan," the Republican governor said. "Most of those critiques have been false.” The governor's advice to Ryan: "be yourself."

Meanwhile, those who attended the Jill Biden event at the PSEA building were confident Joe Biden, a veteran debater, would do well against Ryan.

“I am sure that Joe Biden is going to win the debate," said retired Salisbury High School art teacher Dolly Yanolko. "They talk about his gaffes, but they are not evil gaffes. There is a difference. I don’t know how Ryan is going to survive the night.”

Similarly, Emmaus Patch Facebook friend Patricia Ann Aldobrandesca Feninez also picks Biden to come out on top.

"Joe Biden will win. He has much more experience."

Reaganite October 11, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Well she is in favor of Universal Gun Control via the UN. She would have been as bad as him, and then we would have Bill messing up the drapes and carpets at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Donald Olson October 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Little fact checking here! The Right cut the budget for security three years running. Bet you won't hear that from Flush oops I mean Rush!
louis kootsares October 11, 2012 at 04:18 PM
that also reaganite i guess scumbags of a feather stick together,her and ayatolla obahma spouting apolagies to those poor poor picked on terrorists because some terrible film maker made a film after they just had to kill some americans it was sickening... almost as bad as ayatolla obahma bowing to a bunch of those tablecloth wearing barbarians
Crestor Januvia October 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Moron... the U.S. has not passed a budget for three years. How did the Republicans cut anything with an unpassed budget and the senate and presidency in Democratic hands.
Keith Best October 11, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Let's not forget Joe is the guy who said "it's about a 3 letter word, J-O-B-S. He said, "stand up and let 'em see ya" to a guy in a wheelchair. Reffering to his political adversaries, he told a mostly black audience, "they want to put ya'll back in chains". Sarah Palin was not near as looney. It was Fey who claimed she could see Russia from her house.


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