Who will win the VP Debate?
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GREEN BAY, WI--Wednesday is the eve of the vice presidential debate. Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan and Democratic Vice President Joe Biden will face off in Kentucky Thursday night. Until then, both sides continue to hit the campaign trail, including right here in northeast Wisconsin.
The Obama for America "Gotta Vote" bus tour kicked off in Green Bay and along for the ride, Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden. But Republicans say this campaign stop shows the Democrats feel they're losing in Wisconsin.
The crowd chants, "Fired up, ready to go" as the Obama-Biden campaign bus pulls in. Beau Biden, Joe's Biden's son and the state of Delaware's attorney general, is traveling around Wisconsin drumming up support for his dad in Thursday night's debate.
"He's working very hard to be prepared to do two things. To be prepared to debate Paul Ryan-who is going to be a very good debater and also take the 90 minutes as an opportunity to speak directly to the American people," said Beau Biden.
But Republicans say the heavy campaigning in Wisconsin --including a stop in Madison the day after the presidential debate--proves the Democrats are losing ground in the state.
"They've been very active there. And I think that shows that a state they won handily last time is now in play," said Paul Ryan's press secretary. Brendan Buck.
Political experts say the Joe Biden -Paul Ryan match-up is an even one. Joe Biden, with years of experience and a skilled debater, facing a 14-year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer.
"They're both going to be heavily prepped this week for the debate. That turned out to be not quite the case with Obama who resisted being prepped for the debate and we saw the difference it made," said political science professor at UWGB, Michael Kraft.
Democrats are working to catch up in the polls as Republicans hope to build off the momentum gained in the first debate.
The debate is expected to cover both foreign and domestic topics. It will be divided into nine time segments, approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, and each candidate will have two minutes to respond.