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JUST ONE QUESTION: Putting America's Warriors in Harm's Way

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP/WMOT) — Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan meet tonight in a vice presidential debate that’s mushroomed in importance following Mitt Romney's strong showing in the first presidential debate.

This time, it's the Obama team looking to put the brakes on the other guy's momentum.

The veep showdown tonight at Centre College in Danville, Ky., matches up two skilled politicians with strong policy credentials and very different styles.

WMOT is asking Tennesseans from all walks of life to offer just one question they would ask the candidates if given the chance.

Today we hear from Matt Laubacher. Major Laubacher recently retired from the Air Force after 21 years of military service. He's now started a second career as a Senior Financial Analyst for a firm in La Vergne.

“I would like to ask them about the process they go through to actually put our soldiers in – make the decision to put them in harm’s way. How do they personally handle that with their faith and, you know, the conscience that they – the decision that they have to make to be putting somebody’s life on the line.”

Laubacher says it’s been hard in recent years to see so many military families torn apart by the death of service members in the line of duty. The Major concludes that there’s a “true price" that they’re paying for their service to the country.

Tonight’s meeting will be the only time the vice presidential candidates debate, but President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will face off for their second of three debates next Tuesday.