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Locals Show Interest in Biden-Ryan Debate

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There is still a high level of interest among the people we talked to but they don't seem to be as excited as they were when Mitt Romney and President Obama had their debate last week.

Still, most say it's important to hear from the men running for our nation's second highest office.

"I want to see both candidates act presidential because they are, as we know, one breath away from the presidency," Obama/Biden supporter Paul Oesterman said. "So, I expect, since they are both elected candidates, strength and conviction out of both of them."

All eyes will be on Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan when the two take center stage for their first and only debate before the election.

"I want to see Joe Biden come off clean and kick Ryan's butt," Obama/Biden supporter Walt Dorman said.

"Ryan is a good guy," Romney/Ryan supporter Ira Adams said. "He knows his debate and this other guy for the Democrats, I think he's a loud-mouth, doesn't know what he's saying, and I don't like him."

"I understand that Biden can slip up a lot but I hear he's a good debater versus Ryan, who's a youngster and probably kind of cocky and may or may not be a good debater," undecided voter "Ski" Valentine Pisarski said. "But who knows?"

A poll, earlier this week, shows 88% of the Nevadans surveyed already know who they will vote for.

But voters still say tonight's debate is a chance to get to know the candidates better.

"I just hope that Ryan is just as good as I think he'll be and I just hope that he will be able to express what our plans are going forward," Romney/Ryan supporter Nikki Young said.

"I think this is pretty important because I think if Biden doesn't have a really good night, I think all the momentum is going the other way, then," Obama/Biden supporter Mike Largen said.

But it's not just hearing from the candidates that has people interested, but the issues they will be debating.

"We're concerned about the country," Romney/Ryan supporter Tom Louderback said. "We're concerned about we're going down, in terms of enterprises, jobs, families."

"I would like to hear a little bit more about the military and what his plans are," Romney/Ryan supporter Amy Moyer said.

"Not that we just need to create jobs but how they would actually do it and what they would use to pay for it," Dorman said.

One man told us he'll watch the debate for a while and if he gets bored, he can always change the channel to a baseball game.

Afterall, it is October.

You can watch the debate tonight starting at 6pm right here on Channel 2.

Live coverage starts at 6pm. Topics will include foreign and domestic policies and will be held in Danville, Kentucky.

The Romney campaign will hold a debate watch party at its Team Nevada Reno Headquarters located at 3702 S. Virginia Street, Suite G1, starting at 5:45pm. Governor Brian Sandoval will host the event.

The Obama campaign will hold their own debate watch party at President Obama's campaign headquarters located at 141 East Pueblo Street in Reno starting at 5:30pm.

A third debate watch party will be held at John Ascuaga's Nugget starting at 6pm in the casino cabaret. The Dan Mason Show News Talk 780 KOH will do a live broadcast and pre-debate show interviews with local candidates. For more information visit janugget.com or call 775-356-3300.

After that debate, you then can check out the second U.S. Senate debate between Senator Dean Heller and his Democratic challenger, Shelley Berkley at 8pm.

Then next Tuesday -- President Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney will square off in their second debate. Live coverage starts at 6pm on Channel 2.

Lastly, Vice President Biden will campaign in the Reno area on Monday.

The Vice President will also attend a campaign event in the Las Vegas area on Tuesday, October 16 and will then travel to the Boulder, Colorado area for a campaign event later the same day.

It's the vice president's first visit to Reno since January when his speech at Galena High School was cut short because of the Washoe Drive Fire.

No other details have been released.

Tonight's programming schedule is:

5:00 Channel 2 News at 5:00
6:00 Vice Presidential Debate
8:00 Nevada Senate Debate
9:00 The Big Bang Theory
9:30 Two and a Half Men
10:00 Person of Interest
11:00 Channel 2 News at 11:00

Written by Paul Nelson
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