The one and only vice presidential debate is garnering a great deal of attention in central Kentucky, but its impact in the voting booth is a tougher issue to gauge. WEKU hosted a reporter roundtable discussion this morning at Centre College, home of tonight’s debate. National Public Radio veteran reporter Don Gonyea says vice presidential debates don’t tend to move the support needle very much. He says the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin also attracted interest. He says,
“And I recall it being pretty entertaining. She had the ‘say it ain’t so Joe line and all that. But again, it probably didn’t have any effect on the outcome. This one I think it’s reasonable to assume the same thing going in unless, of course, something happens. And that’s why we are all here.”
White House McClatchy Correspondent Lesley Clark expects a question of foreign policy to be the first offered this evening. The first presidential debate last week focused only on domestic matters. BBC Washington Bureau Chief Simon Wilson says listeners in other parts of the world may be wanting to know a little more about Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. The roundtable discussion can be heard in its entirety this evening at 7 CST on WKMS.