MADISON (WKOW) -- As Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) landed in Lexington, Kentucky late Wednesday afternoon, crews at Centre College in Danville, KY made final preparations for Thursday night's Vice-Presidential debate.
The stage will be the biggest of Congressman Ryan's career so far.
"You have 90 minutes to cut through the fog of all the 30 second ads and really get into the policy, because that's what people deserve, that's what people want," said Brendan Buck, Ryan's VP Campaign Press Secretary. "People want to talk about the big issues. And like we always say, you can't change Paul Ryan, you have to let Paul Ryan be who he is and that's what we expect him to do tomorrow night."
But Buck isn't predicting a win, choosing instead to keep expectations low.
"People think of Joe Biden as a gaffe machine, but when you go back and look at some of his debates, particularly the fourteen that he did in 2008, he didn't make any gaffes, he was a very focused debater and we expect him to be very focused, especially after the President's performance in Denver last week," said Buck.
While the Ryan campaign expects the Vice-President to come out swinging, Biden says he's more concerned with content than tone.
"What I've been doing mostly, quite frankly, is studying up on Congressman Ryan's positions on the issues," said Biden. "I don't want to say anything in the debate that's not completely accurate."
Polls released in the last two days show the Obama/Biden campaign has lost its lead in three key swing states, leaving Ohio, Virginia and Florida as dead heats.
That only gives added significance to Thursday night's debate.
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