How Biden will be in the upcoming Democratic debate

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  • Democratic presidential candidate debate is October 13
  • Hilary Rosen: Clinton is going to have to call out Bernie Sanders at debate

Hilary Rosen, a CNN contributor, is a Democratic political strategist and managing director of SKDKnickerbocker and an adviser to the Democratic National Committee. The opinions in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)Hillary Clinton has one job in the upcoming CNN Democratic debate: She needs to convince Democrats that we don't need Joe Biden to enter the race to keep the White House. So, whether or not he shows up in Las Vegas on October 13, (CNN rules allow him to enter as late as the day of the debate), his presence will loom large.

Will Clinton be able to get the job done? It's a tall and complicated order for just two hours.
Hilary Rosen
For a start, Clinton will have to create enthusiasm for her pragmatic and deeply thoughtful policy-centered candidacy versus the leftist, pugilistic, feel-good rhetoric of Bernie Sanders. And she will need to do this even while fending off attacks from three candidates who have gotten zero attention, but who will still be participating in the debate: Lincoln Chafee, Martin O'Malley and Jim Webb.