The impact of the Vice Presidential debate

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Expectations are running high for the Biden-Ryan debate Thursday. Democrats are looking for a surge after the President's lackluster performance last week in Denver.

Tonight the former senator and the congressman will go head-to-head.

A Catholic vs. a Catholic.

The elements are all in place for an interesting debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan.

Biden, a man with nearly four decades of experience in politics, has not been taking lightly his preparations for his debate against Ryan. He has been is holding practice sessions in the recent months.

Biden's debate partner has been Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee... a committee Ryan leads.

Ryan has been getting ready for the debate with the help of Ted Olson, a former solicitor general for President George W. Bush.

The question at hand - are the Vice Presidential debates as important as the Presidential debates? Will Charlotteans even be watching?

We asked what people want to see...

"More details on their positions on things like economics healthcare and foreign policy really. Just like you saw in the first debate," said Chris Byron.

"Hopefully that they're going to fix the economy," said Anthony Bentley.

Bernard Rascoe said "You get to hear some perspective from both of those guys and what they're really about, if they're really telling the truth."

"It's hard to say they're politicians."

Polls by Gallup and Pew found that voters believe Romney did better than Obama in their first debate last week.

Ryan said earlier this week that his running mate "raised the bar quite high" for his own performance tonight.

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