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October 11th, 2012
06:17 AM ET

Could Vice Presidential debate shift momentum in race? Ana Navarro and Richard Socarides on what the candidates need to do to win over voters

Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan will duke it out tonight in the one and only 2012 vice presidential debate leading up to Election Day.

President Obama has admitted to letting supporters down in his first faceoff with Republican opponent Mitt Romney, saying that he had a “bad night.” Romney has seen since a bounce in poll numbers in key battleground states. Although Obama holds a lead in many polls, some argue it’s up to Biden to widen the gap once again.

Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and Democratic Analyst Richard Socarides join “Early Start” this morning with their take on tonight’s upcoming debate.

Socarides stresses the importance of Biden’s performance tonight. “I think he needs to do well, for the important reason that the momentum is clearly with Governor Romney now after the debate he had with President Obama,” he says. Socarides says Biden needs to “try to stop the momentum that Governor Romney has, and if he doesn’t, it’s gonna be a problem, because there’s another week to go before President Obama has a shot at it himself.”

President Obama has told ABC that “Joe just needs to be Joe.” Navarro hopes that’s the strategy tonight.

“If Joe is Joe, we’ll end up getting gaffes, we’ll end up getting jokes, we’ll end up getting emotion, we’ll end up getting maybe some off-color remarks,” she says. “I’m expecting a more entertaining debate than what we had the first debate between Romney and President Obama.” Navarro emphasizes that this still a serious debate because “there’s no do-over,” Navarro says.

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