EDITORIAL: VP candidates’ performances too safe to sway undecided
Published: Friday, October 12, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 12, 2012 03:10
Debates have become the center of focus in the last couple of weeks as streaming coverage from the 24-hour news cycle has kicked into overdrive during this year’s election preview.
Vice President Joe Biden took on the Wisconsin congressman and Republican nominee for VP, Paul Ryan, last night at Centre College in Danvielle, Ky., for a debate that discussed issues ranging from the recent attacks in Libya, the economy and the importance religion should play in the vice president’s agenda.
With more debates in the near future and the constant follow-up commentary from news stations and blogs alike, it becomes more apparent that these debates are more about who loses than who wins.
As the election enters the home stretch, winning the undecided voters has become the fourth-quarter drive in this year’s political Super Bowl. Admittedly, both candidates showed up last night and accomplished the main goals of the debate: Don’t really screw up, and don’t embarrass the man running for president.
Biden showed last night why he has achieved such great success in politics and why he will go down in history as a congressional hero. As a senator from Delaware since 1973 and Vice President of the United States, he has a deep understanding of our nation’s government.
However, Ryan was just as impressive in last night’s debate and showed why, no matter what happens on election night, he is the undisputed future of the Republican Party.
We could get into the details about what exactly Ryan said and how accurate it was with what he and Mitt Romney have been campaigning on, but that’s better suited for a whole other, much longer editorial.
But let’s get real: The undecided voters don’t care about things like facts. They can’t even form a political belief, let along choose a candidate to run the country they call home.
So at the end of the day, unless a candidate largely screws up in these debates, they will continue to be the undecided of America. Last night, Biden and Ryan showed why they are the best candidates for the job, but the undecided voters were looking for a screw up and went home disappointed.