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Vice Presidential Debate to take place Thursday night

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DANVILLE, Kentucky -

(10/11/12) - It's their one and only chance to face off on the issues.

Vice President Biden and Paul Ryan will take to the stage at a small liberal arts college in Kentucky Thursday night.

Foreign and domestic topics will be on the table.

A lively debate is expected. The candidates have a lot to talk about. Both sides say they are going to come out swinging.

ABC12's Ted Fioraliso talked to voters in Downtown Danville to find out what they want to see.

Centre College is advertising the debate like a boxing match.

In one corner - Vice President Joe Biden, a man with nearly 20 debates under his belt. On the other side of the ring - VP hopeful Paul Ryan. The number cruncher - the wonky congressman from Wisconsin.

"He can say whatever he wants to. And so can Ryan. That's what we want him to do - speak their minds. We don't want stealth candidates. We want people who want something real to say and can say it with conviction," said Jim Mender, Independent Voter from Danville.

They're both expected to be fiery. But the vice president is known for his off the cuff - often foot in his mouth - kind of rhetoric.

"Biden will be colorful, but he's well-versed on foreign policy. We need someone who can do that," said John Hilley, Obama/Biden supporter.

The 'Thrill in the Ville' is a rough 'em up kind of match because the candidates have to talk about both domestic and foreign issues in just 90 minutes.

"On Romney's end, Congressman Ryan needs to come out and capitalize on the momentum Romney generated in the first debate here. For Vice President Biden, the stakes are high to somehow stop the momentum that was generated by the Romney campaign," said Benjamin Knoll, Centre College Professor.

But not everyone who's watching is looking for victory.

"I think we look at the issues and how they would solve the problems we're facing. That's much more important to me than winners or losers," said Gail Waddell, Obama/Biden supporter.

Students at Centre College, some who are voting for the first time, are in the middle of the action. They'll be watching and they even have some advice for the VP.

"He has to be calm, cool and collected. Paul Ryan - he's no joke," said Vivian Doyle, Centre College sophomore.

Experts say during VP debates, the candidates are often able to get away with being more real, saying things that a presidential candidate can't. That's why this could get a little more feisty than the last debate we saw.

In 2000, the VP debate was also at Centre College, and two 19th Century vice presidents actually graduated from the college. We talked to a lot of democrats here, but remember, this is a red state. Kentucky is expected to vote for Mitt Romney.

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