FIRST ON CNN: Biden debate prep photos
October 11th, 2012
12:11 PM ET
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FIRST ON CNN: Biden debate prep photos

Danville, Kentucky (CNN) - CNN has obtained exclusive pictures showing Vice President Joe Biden practicing for the vice presidential debate against Rep. Paul Ryan in the Sheraton Hotel in Wilmington, Delaware where Biden spent the last four days in an intensive debate camp.

This look at Biden's practice set up shows the lengths his team went to replicate the debate conditions he will experience tonight as he squares off in his only debate against his Republican opponent at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

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A second floor ballroom in the hotel was staged to resemble the debate conditions, complete with a similar blue backdrop, red carpet and a semi circle-shaped table like the one he will share with Ryan.

As seen in the photos taken Wednesday, Biden is seated on the left in the debate. Paul Ryan, played by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, in the mock debates, is seated on the right.

Across from Biden and Ryan is moderator Martha Raddatz, played by the Vice President's communications director Shailagh Murray, who is a former reporter with The Washington Post.

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soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. myviewis

    Biden has been around for way too many years and unfortunately he will shred Paul Ryan to pieces. Biden is like the best used car salesman anyone could come across, this type of man is an attack dog, tiger ready to pounce. Paul Ryan is about debating numbers, his brainy, his more of showing charts, figures.

    October 11, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Ronnie Jackson

    I have to agree but I guess we will see.

    October 11, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Yellow-Bird...

    The Big-Bird story is that Obama...Biden are Birds of a Feather....Ryan will shrink Biden-the big bird to size and cage him.......PEEP>>>PEEP.....

    October 11, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. imsickofitall

    Apparently liberals have no memory or at least any appreciation of history as they talk about Ryan's "big lie" as they cite his exaggerated his marathon time...wow stop the presses...and yet no mention of the following.. Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr., a U.S. senator from Delaware, was driven from the nomination battle after delivering, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock. A barrage of subsidiary revelations by the press also contributed to Biden's withdrawal: a serious plagiarism incident involving Biden during his law school years; the senator's boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event; and the discovery of other quotations in Biden's speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians. So please tell me again who is the unethical person is this debate?? Oh ya...the old guy.

    October 11, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Bidenthegaffemaster

    The middle class has been buried the last 4 years

    October 11, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Sueb

    I love Joe Biden! Go Joe!!!!

    October 11, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    @ myviewis The problem is that Ryan couldn't explain his math simply. I think that is because it simply doesn't work. The major assumption is that cuts in taxes will automatically improve the economy. It doesn't always work.

    What the country needs are people elected to office willing to talk to each other and aren't signing pledges to anyone but the people they represent. We also need to look at government to see what programs can be reduced, moved around and eliminated and the results of doing that.

    October 11, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Guest

    Round 2 coming up! I anticipate another liberal azz kicking by soon to be VP Ryan!!

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012

    October 11, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Critical Thinking

    I think Clint Eastwoods empty chair could beat Botox Joe Biden in a debate.

    October 11, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Dustin

    I wonder how many times Paul Ryan laughs at Biden tonight

    October 11, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. cyclonus11

    People seem to think Biden won't do well because he's known for speech gaffes. He's basically the opposite of Obama – not that smooth with speeches, but a brilliant debater. Add the fact that Obama's debate was less than stellar, and he will be ready to go.

    October 11, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. cyclonus11

    People think Biden will do poorly because of his speech gaffes. He is basically the opposite of Obama – not that great at speeches, but brilliant in debates. Add in the fact that Obama had a less than stellar debate last week, and Biden will be ready to go. I do not envy Ryan one bit.

    October 11, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Scott

    Ryan is going to eat him alive, the whole world is going to see what a buffon he is. Old Joe only knows one thing how to lie his pants off. Thats not going to cut it during the debate.

    October 11, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. myviewis

    S.B. Stein E.B. NJ
    We also need to look at government to see what programs can be reduced, moved around and eliminated and the results of doing that.
    -------------------------–

    We can start by cutting funding to abortion inside our country as well as taxdollars going to foreign countries to support their abortions.

    October 11, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Scott

    Old Joe has nothing to run on, all of his bosses policies and programs are failures. All he will be able to do is call Ryan names and a liar. Sorry Joe the people of this country deserve better then you.

    October 11, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. TimH

    Paul Ryan is going to slaughter Biden. Ryan is smarter, quicker witted, and has the facts, while Biden... well he doesn't.

    October 11, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    I've seen Biden debate. My money is on Paul Ryan. One problem is Biden has a failed Administration to try and answer for. He has no plan forward. Their campaign is built around personal attacks. It does not play well on live TV.

    October 11, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. JACK

    How about we meet back here Friday and see how bad Ryan gets "shreded"? Not going to happen!! A "used car salesman running the country should something happen to the President. Interesting.........but I will take the brainy by the numbers guy anytime.

    October 11, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Scott

    Biden: What's the phone number to the website?

    October 11, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Mitt

    Biden's "put y'all back in chains" wont stand up in front of Ryan.

    October 11, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. teej

    Go Biden! Be honest... and a little scrappy") I prefer honesty over showmanship any day!!!!

    October 11, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Here's Biden's debate prep..."Don't say anything stupid...like you usually do". Of..."You know how you are? Don't be that way."

    October 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Lisa in Ga

    I do believe that this VP debate will go down in history. I also believe that Joe is going to eat Lyin Ryan up, Joe will not stand for those lies.. we will clearly see the frustration on Ryan's face when Joe starts to throw his punches.....he will not be able to walk out or end this by taking off his mic... oh I am waiting on Ryan to say it will take toooooooo long to go through the math of his \Romney's so called tax plan... but we all know that Mittens has told Ryan to say that they don't have one whent hey have been running on it this past year............. this one will really be interesting....

    October 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Doug

    Comments directed at Stacey Dash. The lib teachers attacking students that support Romney....the list goes on.

    If Biden wants to fire up the base then he needs to talk about killing all Americans who lean to the right, after all this is what every Democrat wants, just listen to 'dem. Hate and lies, wishing death on people for their views, and wanting to take away our rights if we don't drink the blue kool aid, this is all that has come out of the mouth of each and every Democrat, nothing else. Facts are facts, libs have none so hence the attacks. People with good in their heart vote Republican.

    October 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. New Yorkers against Trump

    go get him Joe Biden and rip Ryan a new one!!!!!

    October 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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