Ryan taps legal scholar Olson for debate prep
September 15th, 2012
09:54 AM ET
6 years ago

Ryan taps legal scholar Olson for debate prep

(CNN) - Conservative legal scholar Ted Olson has been tapped to play the role of Vice President Joe Biden in Paul Ryan's debate prep sessions, Mitt Romney's campaign said Saturday.

The two men participated in their first mock debate session this past week.

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Olson is one of the fiercest legal minds of his generation and successfully argued for George W. Bush in the landmark 2000 Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore.

But he has also become a staunch advocate for same-sex marriage in recent years and has argued in federal court against California's Prop. 8, which banned the practice. That earned him the enmity of some conservatives who saw him as a sell-out.

Olson served as solicitor general under President George W. Bush and has argued 58 cases before the Supreme Court, winning three quarters of those cases.

“Joe Biden has been in elected office for more than 40 years," said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Ryan. "There are few people in politics with more experience debating the issues than Joe Biden, so we are taking this process seriously. Mr. Olson is one of the most skilled, intelligent, and successful litigators in America – just the kind of opponent needed to prepare the Congressman for Mr. Biden."

Ryan and Biden will square off in the Vice Presidential debate on Oct. 11 in Kentucky.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. jpmichigan

    I don't believe Ryan will have any problem, but then Bidens another story. I won't miss that debate!

    September 15, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Hank

    Lots of luck, radical Ryan-–neither you nor alexithymic Mitt will see that Oval Office anytime soon.

    September 15, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Pete

    Ryan can bring in a Tibetan monk for enlightenment for all we care,yah can't make chicken salad out of chicken s_ _t.Ryan is so sure of his chances with Romney in this presidencial election that he's now campaigning in Wisconsin for his old congressional seat ,boy nothing like being positive isn't it!!Ryan like rats sense trouble and he knows his political career and government meal ticket is soon being threatened,so he might in the future distance himself from the Mormon multible choice candidate,he'll have to lie to Romney about that too won't he!!Remember Ryan let Romney down easy about his political boat sinking ,he is the captain isn't he!!

    September 15, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. Lyla M

    This liar has no hope. No coaching in the world can take the sleaze out of sleazy. Go best your time on another marathon, Lyin' Ryan!

    September 15, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Gracie

    It won't matter, just like it doesn't matter how many billionaires pour money into the Romney/Ryan campaign.. This scholar is NOT the one going to be on the debate stand and the mere fact that they need BIG HELP is proof they are clueless.

    AMERICANS ARE NOT FOR SALE!!!! Americans have proven that reality in the polls. WHEN Romney/Ryan loses in November, the Koch brothers and others are going after Mitt and Paul's balls and serve them up on the billionaire platter for sure!!! Both Mitt and Ryan will be FINISHED in politics, no one will support them.

    September 15, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. GI Joe

    In Eastern PA, parts of VA, and FL, some republicans are writing elderly people telling them to send their driver's licenses back to THeM because their doctors have determined them too old to drive.


    September 15, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Andrew broering

    Awesome. Ted Olson is a hero to moderate Republicans.

    September 15, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Susan Wade

    Certainly hope Olson advises Ryan to stick to the truth this time because Joe Biden will shred him if he doesn't!

    September 15, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. garden1


    paul ryan does not understand people / public/american people. he does not have much knowledge for human aspirations, god and religion. he thinks himself as a prophet and a great leader, who can convince american people what is good dor them and how to succeed in life. He and mit romney only know enough for their respective success, even thoug success is only partly. with romney's birth and opportunities, he had, he could have been a billionaire like bill gates, warren buffets and the like but he failed to reach that status because of his lack of business ablities. paul ryan however made some success in limited way through his abilities. american people are always working hard for their success but other factors, affect their lives, not being looked after by govt(s). with some help from riches and through their prayers, they can advance further. god help those, who help themselves. american people know this and depend on that. american people are not dependent on big govt. as claimed by paul ryan and mit romney. in fact they themselves depended on govt. indirectly not being investigated meeting govt. regulations. american public are hard working people and make good money by their own effort, only to be helped via mass education and mass health care. rest the american people can do and doing. ordinary public are more kind and generous to help those in need. mit romney's help towards a young lady is insignificant compared to other americans doing and helping every day within their limited means. romey and ryan failed to achieve their goals in their lives, so they are trying to become leaders to serve american people, infact only desiring to serve their egos to fill the gaps in their career. americans can not be fooled by their soft spoken lectures. american people need motivation, inspiration, education and better healt, so that they can do the rest.

    September 15, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    This Very Pathetic Animal needs GURU to back up and teach lessons to debate, whereby this idiot tackle the questions. In this case, why not he put this legal idiot in that debate???? Are these animals playing with people of USA for their lack of education???? How pathetic and vulnerable we as a nation are and we Americans are!!!! God bless USA and obama12.

    September 15, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Lyin Ryan OS no scholars and Joe will mop the floor with the hot dog car driver and even if the dems lose all three debates, their still going to win in Nov after all ,who's going to vote for romney the tax cheat and lier and lyin Ryan the bribe taker in his home state for s casino licence. Ryan, does 60,000 dallars ring a bell?????

    September 15, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Nothings going to help the lyin idiot Ryan ,how about that 60,000 dallars in your home state Ryan ?????

    September 15, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. GI Joe

    Lyin Ryan wanting to cover his butt legally. Which lies are legal, Mr. Olson?

    September 15, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Oh, good. Mr. Ryan can debate his beloved Russian Ayn Rand's economic plans of austerity for America's elite while at the same time tout Mr. Romney's newest economic plan for American economic growth - coined appropriately: "I will not take In God We Trust" off ours coins". Ought to worth a few laughs.

    September 15, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Reject Repugs

    ryan has a lot of work to do in order to cover-up the true intent of his budget- taking down social programs people want and need like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
    Better idea is to take tap dance lessons.....

    September 15, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    That should help with the gay marriage opponents, . . . oh wait, Olson is on the wrong side of Ryan. Olson did help the supreme court name Bush president in 2000.

    September 15, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Sorensen

    "Legal Scholar Ted Olson"!! What a joke. Nobody is bright enough to imitate Biden. Then again, Rubberface needs all the
    help, he can get. He is a walking disaster, as the GOP is finally beginning to realise.

    September 15, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. fredy ledesma

    Ryan is a joker; no one will mess with Joe.

    September 15, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. enuff

    Ah oh... Ryan using prep notes from a guy6 that goes against everything he stands for... Will he change his mind when it is all over?

    September 15, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Dave

    Obama wears an antelope hide to bed and packs red mud in his hair.

    September 15, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Dave

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 48% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 46% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. See daily tracking history.

    September 15, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Anonymous


    According to our friend Dave, Rasmussen Reports thinks we are. Poor Dave is going to have a rude awakening come November.

    September 15, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. GI Joe

    23 days to early voting in some states. I've already heard all I need to hear.

    Obama/Biden 2012 -- because it IS NOT MITT'S TURN Ms. Romney.

    September 15, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. GI Joe

    Rasmussen polls 60% republican 40% democrat in their polls. DUH!!!!

    September 15, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. the situation

    I don't believe Ryan will have any problem, but then Bidens another story. I won't miss that debate!

    September 15, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |

    Yeah in the amount of lies he will rack up. Just face it you Neocons, you leaders wouldn't know the truth if it bit them on the grapefruits.

    September 15, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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