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Rochester viewers weigh in on Vice Presidential debate


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The nation was glued to the words of Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan Thursday night, and that included many in Rochester. With some voters still trying to decide who to vote for, will these debates make an impact?

It was the one and only Vice Presidential debate between current Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan.

"Well, he may be wiley, but I remember in 2008 against Sarah Palin he told some whoppers when it came to the Middle East," said Bruce Kaskubar, chairman of the Olmsted County Republican Party. "So, he's not necessarily on top of the details himself."

Nancy Adams, a viewing party organizer for the DFL Party said, "Can I just tell you my initial reaction when I learned that he was the nominee? 'Paul Ryan? Really?'"

Olmsted County Republicans like what they have in Paul Ryan.

"I guess we expect a well-prepared guy," said Kaskubar. "He's somebody that's been in the details of the national budget, which is no small topic. I think he's proven to be somebody who is very knowledgeable on the subject, and I think it bodes well for him to be well versed in a lot of subjects."

But Adams said Biden has plenty of supporters in Rochester as well.

"I'm very optimistic, he's a very intelligent man and a very wonderful debater," said Adams. "I think he's going to make some very good points."

With the election year debates well underway, can a debate outcome affect who people vote for?

"You know, if someone does really, really well or someone does really, really poorly, then I suppose it could have an impact," said Kaskubar.

Another angle? People are all ready to cast their votes.

"Just about everyone has made up their mind," said Adams. "And I'm one of those 47 percenters that feels like the world owes me a living since I don't have to pay taxes since I'm a senior."

Kaskubar has a positive opinion on the debate process.

"We already saw that the debate last week between President Obama and Mitt Romney did make a difference, the poll numbers have shifted significantly, so I think that in some years they haven't made a big difference but I think the one we have had this year has."

With less than a month until election day, the candidates are banking on these debates to get those undecided voters into their camps.


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