There is more focus on the vice presidential debate this election year.
Millions of people will be watching Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan cross swords tonight after the presidential debate that ended so decisively in Mitt Romneys favor.
As analysts have noted, the event will provide a chance for the Obama forces to regain some ground while Republicans view it as an opportunity to strengthen their case if Rep. Ryan does well.
Both participants are experienced in politics and government, especially Vice President Biden who is knowledgeable about foreign and domestic policy. Like the president, Mr. Biden has a record to defend.
Mr. Ryan chairs the House Budget Committee, has served seven terms in Congress and is a genuine leader in his party.
The debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky., should be substantive and thoughtful.
Mr. Ryan has never debated before a national audience. Mr. Biden debated Republican Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCains running mate, in the last election. This should be good.