Vice Presidential Debate

Local News
3:05 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Centre Officials Tout Return on Debate Investment

Centre College officials say their moment in the national political spotlight was worth the Kentucky school's investment in hosting last week's vice presidential debate.

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8:31 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Reviewing the Vice Presidental Debate at Danville

John Yarmuth and Rand Paul at the Vice President debate in Danville
Phillip Bailey WFPL News

The vice presidential debate at Centre College on Thursday night was viewed by millions of television viewers worldwide.  Two of our own reporters - WFPL's Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston - were there in person to watch the 90-minute debate between vice president Joe Biden and Republican nominee Paul Ryan. They were also part of the media throng at Centre College for several hours both before and after the debate. Bailey and Colston talked about their experience this past Friday on Byline.

3:15 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Second Successful VP Debate Has State Officials Hoping for Presidential Debate Next Time

As the dust settles on this year’s vice presidential debate at Centre College, local officials are saying the school is ready for the next step. 

Centre College has now held two vice presidential debates: this year’s and 2000's.

Those debates will be historically known for two different styles between candidates—Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Joe Lieberman were cordial in 2000, while Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan were much feistier this year. But behind the scenes, both debates are known for how smoothly everything ran.

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1:45 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Despite Lack of Local Issues, Kentucky Officials Pleased With VP Debate

Congressman John Yarmuth and Senator Rand Paul
Phillip Bailey WFPL News

Even though the candidates for vice president met at Centre College in Danville for their debate Thursday night, Kentucky issues such as coal and the auto industry weren’t heavily addressed.

Kentucky is affected by many of the national issues that were discussed, but Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had little to say on topics specific to the commonwealth, such as coal and the auto industry.

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5:24 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Rand Paul Previews VP Debate

U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Rand Paul says Congressman Paul Ryan doesn’t have much pressure on him to win tonight’s vice presidential debate.

The debate, held at Centre College in Danville, will have Ryan facing off with Vice President Joe Biden.

After Republican nominee Mitt Romney rejuvenated his campaign in the first debate, some pundits have said the pressure is on Ryan to continue the momentum. But Senator Paul says Ryan should do just fine.

Local News
3:06 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Danville, Centre College Sprucing For Debate Visitors

Photo from City of Danville

Politicians aren't the only ones looking for a debate-related boost when Joe Biden and Paul Ryan go toe-to-toe in Kentucky this week. All of Danville is hoping to benefit from the vice presidential debate Thursday.

Streets have been repaved, flowers planted and new signs erected around the central Kentucky town of about 16,000. One bar is prepping cocktails named for Ryan and Biden while stores have stocked up on politically themed merchandise.

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10:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Organizations Team Up to Teach Civics Ahead of VP Debate

As Centre College prepares to host next month's vice presidential debate, several groups want to prepare Kentucky students for the event.

The Secretary of State and the non-profit Kentucky Youth Advocates have partnered with students from Bellarmine University to create lesson plans for Kentucky teachers. The lessons focus on basic civics and include information on political debates.

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2:55 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Political Junkies Excited for Biden-Ryan Matchup at Centre College

This year's vice presidential debate at Centre College is shaping up to be a policy wonk's dream. 

Both Vice President Joe Biden and newly-minted Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan are longtime lawmakers who are steeped in policy. 

“I think it will be a substantive debate, meaning that these are both serious policymakers and they both have substantial voting records and careers to discuss, even though Congressman Ryan is relatively young at 42, he’s been in Congressman since January 1999,” says University of Louisville professor Jasmine Farrier.

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