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Biden, Ryan to face off in vice presidential debate

CREATED Oct. 11, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 11, 2012

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DANVILLE, Ky. - The political focus of America is on the two vice-presidential candidates who will debate Thursday night, including one from Wisconsin.

The first and only debate between Vice President Joe Biden and his GOP counterpart, Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan, was set to take place at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

"He has been on these big stages," said Ryan.

"This is my first time.  What he can't run from is President Obama's indefensible record.  They are just offering more of the same."

"They had a plan that would cost $5 trillion in tax cuts," said Biden.

"Romney said, 'No, I don't have such a plan.' "

Middleton Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Michelle Richards that the choice voters have will be made very clear in tonight's debate.

Erpenbach said the choice is either President Barack Obama's policies, which he says strengthen the economy, "or going down the road that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to go down, with tax breaks for some of the wealthiest in our nation, basically privatizing Medicare and so on."

However, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who is from Kenosha, told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes that he feels good about his party's chances on Thursday.

"In the end, it's going to be another unfiltered opportunity for the American people to listen to the Barack Obama/Joe Biden plans, and the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan plans, and I like our chances in that debate."

You can catch the debate live at 8:00 p.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4, along with a link to live streaming video on both and

Our Charles Benson is in Danville, Kentucky to cover the debate, and will provide coverage all day on TODAY'S TMJ4 and Newsradio 620 WTMJ.