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Kudlow: VP Debate Will Be Must-See TV

Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:26 PM ET
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Past VP debates have been must-see TV. And Larry Kudlow thinks the debate on Thursday will be no different.

With GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney generating significant momentum from last week's Presidential debate, the stakes will be much higher than in past years.

According to the last NBC-WSJ poll , Republicans are closing in on President Obama in three swing states. Thursday's VP debate could extend the momentum and potentially change the course of the election.

Or the momentum could come to a screeching halt.

Looking ahead to the VP debate, in which Larry Kudlow will welcome former Speaker Newt Gingrich as his special guest, Kudlow thinks Paul Ryan has a few distinct advantages over Joe Biden.

According to Larry Kudlow – Paul Ryan is…
- smarter than Biden
- better informed that Biden
- younger than Biden
- cuter than Biden

Biden, Ryan Set to Square Off
CNBC's John Harwood reports the stakes are high for the U.S. vice presidential debate tomorrow; and Karen Finney, The Hill columnist, and Kate Obenshain, author of "Divider-In-Chief," discuss whether republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan can keep Romney's momentum.

"I think that Paul Ryan's youth will make a very positive impression, " explained the host of The Kudlow Report . "And not only for the younger voters that Romney needs. In general the contrast between Biden's age and Ryan's youth will be enormous."

Needless to say not everyone agrees with Larry Kudlow.

"Joe Biden will hold Paul Ryan's feet to the fire in a way that nobody else has, " said Karen Finney columnist for "The Hill." "Paul Ryan has said previously I don't have enough time to walk you through the numbers (when talking about his budget plan), Now he'll have to walk the walk."

Another Reason to Watch
Even if you're not a politico, Larry Kudlow says there's another reason to watch - typically VP debates are fun.

Who can forget when Dan Quayle said, "I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the Presidency."

And Lloyd Bentsen replied, "I knew Jack Kennedy, he was a friend of mine. Senator (Quayle) you're no Jack Kennedy!"

* Larry Kudlow will kick off CNBC's all-star coverage of the debate tonight at 7pm with special guest Newt Gingrich.

Tune in:

"The Kudlow Report " airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET.

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  • Lawrence Kudlow is a CNBC senior contributor. Previously, Kudlow was anchor of CNBC's prime-time program "The Kudlow Report"