Add David Brooks to the list of pundits who believe the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate at Centre College will be good political theater starring two compelling candidates.
The columnist and author thinks it might actually be meaningful as well.
Brooks said both candidates will fulfill their role as surrogate attack dogs by “aiming above” their opponent to take shots at the men running for president. However, the debate also should present an opportunity for Paul Ryan in particular to provide some substance and clarify what he believes.
“The Ryan Budget is so ill-defined; if he’s given the chance to make the case for his budget, that would help answer some of the Clinton criticism,” Brooks said, referring to what he believes has been the former president’s unchecked critiques of a plan that cuts spending and calls for major reforms to federal programs. “This might be the only forum he has especially on issues like Medicare.”