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October 12th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

Debate advisor Brett O’Donnell on VP debate strategy: ‘Vice President definitely rallied his base’

It was the battle of the running mates. Both Vice President Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan brought their A-game. So whose debate strategy worked? Presidential Campaign Debate Adviser Brett O’Donnell answers that question on “Early Start” this morning.

O’Donnell has worked with Mitt Romney, as well as Former President George W. Bush, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in the past. A debate expert, O’Donnell thinks last night’s debate was “a lot more lively” than last week’s presidential debate. “Both men came ready to advance their positions, ready to defend their bosses and both were very aggressive in doing so,” O’Donnell says.

However, he thinks that Biden went a little overboard with the expressions and may have even 'crossed the line' at some points. “I think that the Vice President wanted to show that he was ready to fight,” which he thinks will please Democrats. “But I think that the folks in the middle and, certainly the folks on Paul Ryan’s side, will think that his performance may have been a little over the top in terms of interrupting, the rolling the eyes, the sighs.”

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