A small sliver of the voters will determine the outcome of a tight presidential race. Yahoo! News asked a handful of undecided voters to keep a running diary: What news stories and events are coloring their choices?
COMMENTARY | After President Obama's first debate performance, many Democrats are placing their hopes on the upcoming vice-presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan to stop the building momentum of Mitt Romney's campaign. While it's certainly true that the Vice President is the proverbial one breath away from being leader of the country and the free world, how truly important is this role that Franklin Delano Roosevelt's infamous Vice President, John to as, "a pitcher of warm spit?"
Aside from being ready to assume the mantle of leadership should it become necessary, the vice president votes in the Senate to break ties and that's about it. It is the President's policies that are promoted, not the Vice President's, and few Presidents have ever been content to share the limelight much less risk being upstaged by "the back-up," the man sitting on the proverbial bench.
While the debate performances of both Biden and Ryan should be interesting, I don't think it will have that much impact on my choice as a 44-year-old undecided voter in Roanoke, Va., except to emphasize to undecided voters how truly vulnerable the President feels to now be relying on "the back-up."
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