Red, White and Blue

Ryan readies for Thursday VP debate

CREATED Oct. 7, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - All the focus shifts to the VP debate this week.

"I've known Joe a long time, we've actually gotten along pretty well," VP nominee Paul Ryan told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Charlie Sykes.

Janesville Congressman Ryan is getting ready for the biggest debate of his political career. He's known as Capitol Hill for his wonkish ways, but he expects to be tested Thursday night in Danville, Kentucky.

"We think he's going to come at me like a cannonball," Ryan says. "[There will be] more pressure because Mitt Romney put on such a great performance and the bar is pretty high. There's also pressure because Joe Biden had been doing this for 40 years."

Republicans have been hammering President Obama on the lack of jobs and an unemployment rate that has not dropped below eight percent until last week.

Democrats see that as a sign the economy is getting better. Ryan sees it differently.

"My job, as I see it, is to show the country how we have better ideas and how we are going to take this country is a better direction and get us off this track," Ryan says.

While polls suggest Romney and Ryan are behind, Ryan compares the Presidential race to Governor Walker's recall win.

"Wisconsites said they like what this leader did," Ryan says.

"He said he was going to do something and he did and it was good reforms that worked. That's exactly what we are saying."