Call it The Big Eds' Debate.
Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the chief architect of the Republican budget, debated across the Piedmont this week.
It started when Ryan made a campaign appearance Tuesday at Bid Eds, a downtown Raleigh restaurant, on behalf of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“We have a choice,” Ryan told reporters outside the restaurant. “Do we want to go on the current path we are on, that President Obama has put us on – a nation of debt, a nation of doubt and a nation of decline with a terrible jobs result."
“Or are we going to elect a new president who will tackle these fiscal problems, who will get the economy turned around who will get job creation and who will prevent a debt crisis so out kids will have debt free nation and our seniors can rely on the promises that have been promised to them," he continued.
On Wednesday in a speech at Wake Forest Biotech Place, Biden mentioned Ryan.
“He is a bright, handsome guy from Wisconsin," Biden said. " He is a fine guy. But I think his ideas are not nearly as fine. I believe the Ryan budget would have a devastating impact on America.''
He said the Ryan budget would make huge cuts in education, research and technology. He told the three-story atrium – many of them filled with scientific and medical researchers – that the Ryan budget would cut 19 percent of the National Science Foundation budget.
“Do you think China is cutting their equivalent of the National Science Foundation?''' Biden said.