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. the situation

    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 |

    Rasmussen Poll is primarily dominated by polling Repubs. Gallup is the longest and the most recognize polling. Their poll has Obama up by 5%, just like Faux News Poll and others within that margin.

    Nice spin though!

    September 15, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    SO... I guess the winner of this debate will swing the Presidential election?!? Come on people... It's theater.

    September 15, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Kr55

    Ryan has given Biden a lot of ammo with all his lies in the campaign so far. Also, Biden can try to move topics toward arguing about the moral merits they have. We all know Ryan basically has no soul and will look like a complete tool when he has to talk about anything to do with morals or ethics.

    September 15, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. g

    The Rasmussen poll will show whatever the republicans who sponsors it wants it to show.

    September 15, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. R1983

    This little boy scout is full of himself, every time he open his mouth lies come out. I am a senior living in Florida and I want
    Romney and Ryan to lay of my Medicare, oh by the way my children is in their forty, and I want them to have the same
    Medicare that they are paying into, no voucher.

    September 15, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Thomas

    @Palin Power
    We NEED Sarah Palin as our next President instead of Mittens and Obozo. She has vastly superior values, principles, morals, integrity over this flip-flopping RINO. Mittens can not beat Obozo, only Sarah Palin can.

    Palin 2016!

    Palin / DeMint 2016

    All the way !
    Now will fight for our children's right to have 40oz sodas and pink slim in our schools.

    September 15, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. B.

    This will not help a basically Amoral person that thinks it is fine to blatantly lie to the American people.

    Ryan has no moral credibility and all of the coaching he can find will not change that.

    September 15, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Prince Harry and William voluntarily serve in the military does that make Romney's five(5) sons KINGS who don't have to serve. Prince Harry is in Afghan and his unit was attacked today and 2 U.S. military personnel were killed.

    September 15, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    I think Munster should tap his parish priest to get a refresher on St. Thomas Aquinas, specifically when the Saint defined lying as a statement at variance with the mind and that lying, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, which defines a lie as a false statement made with the intention of deceiving.

    September 15, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. doug

    Funny to read all the lib hate comments here by the demo-drones. Each and everyone of dem not only doesn't have but cannot even comprehend the morals, values, integrity, and decency that Paul Ryan has and applies to his fair-minded policies and practical solutions that go above and beyond the divide and conquer hate fest that has been all the Democrats have offered America since the start of their great society trap in the 1960s.

    Every American who has good in their heart has a moral obligation to vote Republican, that fact is proven each and everytime a Democrat opens its mouth or types their hate and lies.

    September 15, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    I think Munster should tap his parish priest to have a serious conversation as to how Ayn Rand's anti-God, anti-social justice, anti-social service fits with Catholicism's social teachings of doing good works for others, the call to Catholics to recognize the Christ in the poorest among us and the belief in the triune God whose very nature is communal and social.

    September 15, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    I think Munster should call Sister Simone Campbell who led the "Nuns on the Bus" tour for social justice this summer and tell her to her face how his budget, which targets the most vulnerable among us, fits with his supposed "pro-life," "pro-family," and "fair" political posturing.

    September 15, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    All VP Biden has to do in his debate with Munster is point out all the lying Munster has done, from his marathon time to the amount he claims President Obama "stole" from Medicare.

    September 15, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. PixieDust

    The fix was in for Bush v. Gore. Since Ryan is such a genius why does he need help? The intellectual mind of the Republican Party who believes in a novel by an atheist to form his beliefs. Isn't that novel? A career politician who rails against government. Isn't that novel? Someone who is supposed to be honest and forthright that has been telling nothing but lies. Isn't that novel?

    September 15, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Larry L

    "Lyin Ryan" made a bad choice when he agreed to join Romney in what is now clearly a losing race. Still, a couple of years from now when he has been totally forgotten he'll be able to tell people he won... just like his sub-three hour marathon...

    September 15, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. John Oboho

    Not just debate prep,bt to also be on standby to defend ballot-rigging.

    September 15, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. PJ

    @GI Joe:
    If that driver's license thing is true, and I don't doubt you, I hope it is being investigated. Nothing the Republicans
    do would surprise me, but this is beyond dirty. They are trying every trick in the book, apparently because they
    know their candidates are weaklings and need all the help they can get. This is just terrible.

    September 15, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Uhm!

    Not going to help. These guys are cooked.

    September 15, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. marioacc1

    it does not matter who gives you the training ryan, it is the ideology, you represent, that strikes you out

    September 15, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Indy

    Get that heavy duty lie O meter out and watch Ryan break it within the first five minutes of the debate. Joe Biden will kill Ryan with the truth and Ryan couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it so the truth will prevail as the winner which pretty much disqualifies Ryan at the get go.

    September 15, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Dee

    Lyin Ryan can get a coach all he wants it is experience that Joe Biden has that will eat him alive.

    September 15, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Bush's guy that got the crooks off with nothing but a slap on the wrist. NOT a good idea to be paling around with him.

    September 15, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Michael

    This man need a lawyer, Pastor, lie detector, truth serum, and Jesus, and I still think he'll lie, its in his DNA (conservative mainstream media manipulation), to ignore facts, truth, history, and reality!

    September 15, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    23 days to early voting. I don't even need to watch the debates.

    Romney on another long-week-end (every week-end).

    He tires easily ~~~ Ann Romney

    We don't need no tired old man in the WH. Especially a tired old mormon man (?) - I use the term man loosely.

    September 15, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    Mitt the twit and Alfalfa(lyin)Ryan are going down in flames. Olson can't help them

    September 15, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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