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The Vice-Presidential Debate is set to commence Thursday evening as polls suggest that the race for the White House is getting tighter. Vice-President Joe Biden and his Republican opponent Paul Ryan are set to meet in their sole debate together to see if they can sway the support of swing voters their way.
The debate is scheduled to last for 90 minutes and can be watched online through live streaming right here on The Christian Post via the video player below. The debate will start at 9 p.m. ET with pre-debate analysis also set to take place from 8 p.m. ET.
Today's debate comes from Danville, Kentucky and is an opportunity for Biden to repair some of the damage from last week's debate where President Obama was widely seen as below par, and allowing Mitt Romney the chance to turn undecided voters' heads.
As an excuse for his poor performance last week President Obama has come out to suggest he had simply been "too polite" to Romney. However, over the past week he and his Democrat Party have gone into damage control by attacking Romney, saying he had lied to the American people and was shifting his policies.
Biden has extensive debating experience and he will not be fazed by the big stage. Ryan lacks the similar experience as Biden but he has also been praised for his public speaking in the past, and he will not easily make way for Biden to command the stage.
The debate will be moderated by ABC News' Martha Raddatz. It will be the first time that she has been in the moderator's seat, and will be the third time a woman has taken the role as moderator of a vice presidential debate.
The format of the debate will be different to that seen at last week's first Presidential Debate. This one will cover foreign policy and domestic policy in nine 10-minute segments.
The candidates will be given two minutes to respond to the moderator's leading question, before they are given the floor to continue the discussion more openly. It will be up to Raddatz to ensure that the candidates are afforded roughly equal time in the follow up debates.
Since last week's Presidential Debate - the first of three - several new polls have suggested that Obama's lead in several key swing states had been eroded.
According to an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released today, Romney had made gains in three pivotal states he must win if he is to fulfill his goal to enter the White House. It now appears as though the two presidential candidates are tied in both Florida and Virginia. In Ohio Obama still leads, but his lead has been significantly reduced since a few weeks back.
To maintain momentum in Ohio, Romney has added a number of campaign stops there in the coming weeks leading up to the election next month. For Romney it is virtually essential that he wins Ohio - no Republican has even won the presidential election without winning in that state.
The official Twitter hashtag for the debate has also been announced, and will be #debates.
Each party has also formulated a special page dedicated to tonight's eagerly anticipated debate. The Mitt Romney debate page can be found by clicking here, where as the Barack Obama page can be found by clicking here.
The debate kicks off at 9 p.m. ET and can be watched through the various televised outlets or alternatively can be watched online through live streaming right here on The Christian Post via the video player below. Coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET.