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DANVILLE, Ky. — Company’s coming, and residents of this central Kentucky hamlet can hardly wait.
On Thursday evening, Danville's cultural epicenter, private Centre College, enrollment 1,340, will be the setting for the country's only chance to see vice presidential candidates Paul Ryan and Joe Biden debate during the fall election season. People in this city of 16,000 are preparing for a phalanx of media, political operatives and spectators.
“We’re trying to clean everything up and make it look real pretty for our visitors,” said Corman.
Thursday's spotlight on Danville is sure to be especially intense as the undercard debate of presidential running mates attracts heightened interest.
That should come after Republican Mitt Romney's surprisingly assertive performance against a subdued President Barack Obama during last week's presidential candidate debate in Denver. National polls show Romney and Obama in a close race.
Danville's visitors will include Secret Service agents who've rented an entire section of a local hotel, and the broadcast networks, expected in town Sunday and Monday.
Centre College expects 3,200 credentialed media, including 600 from 39 foreign countries.
Two national media outlets are negotiating to rent the Bluegrass Pizza and Pub downtown - one for a debate forum, the other to entertain VIP guests - though owner Colin Masters was reluctant to give specifics until details are final.
Come Thursday evening nearly all of these visitors will converge on tiny but prestigious Centre College, a highly rated liberal arts college whose alumni include two Supreme Court justices (John Marshall Harlan and Fred M. Vinson); two vice presidents (John C. Breckenridge and Adlai Stevenson); and a passel of congressmen, senators and governors.
The college, just three blocks from downtown, hosted the 2000 vice presidential debate between Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman. The Commission on Presidential Debates was so impressed, it chose Center, and Danville, again this year.
"It's a bigger show this time," said Dr. Clarence Wyatt, professor of history, who co-chaired the 2000 debate and has the same role this year. "It's more complex in every way. It's post 9/11, and there's an incumbent this time."
Welcome to the Joe Biden Lie Detector - we'll be updating this post throughout the debate and the aftermath. You can also follow along on Twitter for updates and spin-off debates by searching for #BidenLieDetector.
5:00 p.m EDT
Long before the Vice Presidential debate began, the Obama campaign tried to smear Rep. Paul Ryan as a liar. It's a "low-rent" tactic, an attempt to avoid debate--and a lie in itself, since Ryan is one of the most honest politicians in America. It's also a classic case of psychological projection--since Vice President Biden has been a master of malarkey his whole life, and lied his way through the 2008 debate against Gov. Sarah Palin.
Tonight, Biden has promised to do better. He told reporters yesterday that he would not say "anything in the debate that's not completely accurate." So, we're going to hold Uncle Joe to that 100% standard. Stay tuned.......
So what’s the latest meme being promulgated in the Obama campaign’s “personal“ emails? For the moment, they have given up swearing, and now they’ve taken up the psychological condition known as projection; i.e. accusing someone else of behavior that you yourself exhibit. On the eve of the debate between Lyin’ Joe Biden (who has never been shy about making up stories) and Paul Ryan, the email accuses Ryan of lying.
Whatever happens at the vice presidential debate tonight, we need to respond quickly and forcefully.
With 26 days to go, we can't just sit and wait for someone else to set the record straight. That's how elections are lost.
On this point, they are correct; they can’t sit back and wait until the facts are known because all the facts point to Obama’s failure as president. They have to act and act now by attacking Romney and Ryan’s character. ...
Obama Campaign: Ryan’s the Liar, Not Biden
Originally posted by neo96
Think people are underestimating Biden tonite.
Ryan needs to get his ducks in a row
Originally posted by xuenchen
Welcome to the Joe Biden Lie Detector -
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by Destinyone
This is what I predict zaps him. He'll be like a University student who spent a week up without sleep, cramming for finals.
How many people have been like that and..how good are ya on focus and effective depth to arguments?