Poli-Sci Prof says look for substantive discussion during VP debate

By Audrey Williams

October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Thursday night, the presidential race Number Twos will face off in the only vice presidential debate.

Illinois Central College Political Science Professor Nick Busch said after President Obama's disappointing performance last week, he expects campaign officials have tapped Vice President Biden to pick up the slack Thursday.

He expects both sides have been working very diligently on both fact and debate skill prep.

"I think that Congressman Ryan will have much more detailed policy ideas. He tends to be what they call a 'policy wonk'. On the other hand, I think Biden tends to be more emotional and yet gaffe prone. Those emotions can be good or bad," said Busch.

Busch said historically, Vice Presidential debates have not had a huge influence on elections but that they are important to watch.

"Presidential debates and vice presidential debates are not decided on substantive discussion but by body language and by personality. I would recommend that if you're an undecided voter to not pay attention to that stuff and pay more attention to the substantive discussion, what policy ideas they are talking about," said Busch.

You can watch Biden and Ryan square off on WEEK of WHOI from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday night.

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