|Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan|
Four years ago, when former Alaska governor Sarah Palin burst onto the scene as John McCain's vice presidential candidate, the country took notice. Whether Americans loved her or loathed her, Sarah Palin captured the country's fascination.
Case in point: The Oct. 2, 2008 vice presidential debate when 69.9 million people tuned in to watch Sarah Palin debate vice president Joe Biden - the largest audience ever for a vice presidential debate, according to Nielsen.
Tonight at 9pm Eastern, Paul Ryan is facing off against Biden and there's a good chance tens of millions of people will watch.
A week or so ago, just about no one could have imagined that the Paul Ryan vs. Joe Biden debate would capture the attention of anyone but hardcore political junkies.
Then, last week happened.
Specifically, president Barack Obama appeared to be under-prepared to face off against a polished, well-rehearsed Mitt Romney. Just over 67 million people watched the debate, and the ripples have reached many millions more. The debate has staked a claim on presidential history.
Romney's poll numbers zoomed, giving the former Massachusetts governor a shot at defeating Obama.
Tonight, all that post-presidential-debate buzz and attention shifts to Ryan vs. Biden. By tomorrow, we'll know if Ryan vs. Biden draws a comparable audience to Palin vs. Biden four years ago.