5 Key Strategies For Ryan In Vice Presidential Debate
"He raised the bar quite high, that's for sure. Mitt definitely put the pressure on from that perspective," Ryan said this week.
Debating against Vice President Joe Biden will also bring its own form of pressure, CNN reported.
Biden, who has had nearly four decades of Washington experience, will reportedly “be bringing his proverbial nunchucks and brass knuckles,” CNN wrote.
To come out ahead, here are five things that Ryan will most likely try to utilize in the debate Thursday night:
Effectively argue his plan to partially privatize Medicare
Ryan has yet to fully explain the how his plan to partially privatize Medicare will financially impact the country. If he can explain his position in a convincing way on Thursday, he will have a chance to convince some swing voters in the audience.
From The Chicago Tribune:
Thursday's debate could be the best chance yet for the Republican ticket to win over independent voters who worry that Obama hasn't done enough to rein in trillion-dollar budget deficits.
Hold his own in foreign policy
Foreign policy has become a talking point following the murder of an American ambassador and anti-American protests abroad. Ryan will “no doubt” ask Biden about foreign policy, Politico reported. However, Ryan will be debating against someone who has vast experience in the field.
The Chicago Tribune reported that in foreign relations, “on paper, the mismatch [against Biden and Ryan] is stark." However, the Tribune added, that doesn't necessarily mean Biden has an advantage.
Stay on the offense
Much like what Romney did in the first presidential debate against President Obama, GOP strategist Tucker Eskew said that Ryan needs to push back against any attacks Biden makes.
“He needs to stay on offense,” Eskew told Politico. “The Biden record of statements and votes is replete with opportunities for Ryan to draw distinctions between Biden’s words and Obama’s actions.”
Relate to “middle” America
Ryan is much more able to connect with voters on a personal level than his running mate, Romney, the Associated Press reported:
Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, is a model of unassuming, Midwestern courtesy.
Speaker Newt Gingrich told CNN that the Wisconsin congressman should "play up his roots" as a way to relate to the audience watching the debate on TV and the Atlantic reported that Ryan's job is to put a relatable face on the ticket.
Not come off as too “awkward"
So far, Ryan has no experience debating on the national level, Reuters reported:
Ryan is an unknown quantity in a debate setting, with his only previous experience coming in a few low-profile congressional encounters in his native Wisconsin.
Due to his lack of experience, in order to not come off as awkward during the debate, The Washington Times wrote that Ryan needs to focus on his technique:
Ryan needs to know not only how to go on the attack, but how to duck and weave.
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