Veteran Debater Joe Biden Readies for Vice Presidential Debate

Debate set for Thursday in Danville, Ky.

DANVILLE, Ky. - With 40 years of debating experience under his belt, Vice President Joe Biden hunkered down for several days of intensive preparation in his hometown of Wilmington, Del. this week ahead of his duel with Rep. Paul Ryan in Danville, Ky., this Thursday.

The vice president has been studying and watching videos of Ryan’s interviews and speeches, and he has read a book co-authored by Ryan and Reps. Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy. Biden has incorporated portions of the book he disagrees with into speeches on the campaign trail.


Biden has held mock debates against Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, with Biden’s communications director and former Washington Post reporter Shailagh Murray playing the role of the debate moderator, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz.

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