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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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Vice presidential debate
soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Bill

    so does Ryan get the questions ahead of time also??

    October 11, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. karek40

    Can Ryan get a fair shake from a liberal moderator?

    October 11, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Dave

    Joe's gonna send Ryan back to Mittens with his tail tucked between his legs. Re Tardicans can lie all they want but come November they are finished as a viable party.

    October 11, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. zandhatcats

    Biden is an Idiot. No one cares about VP debates. He has done NOTHING as a VP.

    B/c you are so disconnected and only addicted to certain news source.

    October 11, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Opposition

    Outcome of debates are decided by the Moderator. Anyone on the opposite end of a Gish-Gallop has no defense if the moderator allows debaters like Romney to spew out rapid fire bu11sh1t and half truths.

    October 11, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Hollywood

    The old war horse vs the young thorougbred. It should be an interesting race.

    October 11, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. David

    i heard Biden thought he was debating Obama... heard Biden saying " I should have been President... what time is dinner"....nuff said

    October 11, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Nameike umeh

    i know that the debate will be a far cry from the egg that was laid in the presidential debate. issues will be better presented by both debatants.

    October 11, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Justin

    Biden has zero chance of winning this debate. The best outcome for Biden would be a draw, but with almost 4 years of failed economic and foreign policies, it seems to me he will be on defense the entire debate just like Obama was last week.

    October 11, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Kevin

    It doesn't matter if he practices 7 days or 70 days. He is incompetent and not prepared to be President and lead this country. Obama and Biden have had 4 years and they have failed miserably. There is no integrity, class or openness with Obama-Biden Time for regime change.

    October 11, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Kevin

    LOL Biden looks funny in the pic. He does not look presidential and definitely not ready to lead.

    October 11, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. jmmjr49er

    VP Joe Biden on the wrong side of every issue. Still graduated 79 out of 86 people from Law School which in Joe's head that is the top 1/3.

    Joe wants to put Y'all back in chains.

    Funny, Joe supposedly grew up in Scranton PA and lived in Delaware. Not "y'all country."

    October 11, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. John

    So Biden is holed up practicing for a useless debate. I can assume all the problems in country are solved.

    October 11, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Guest

    Yeah, we all know who lies. Now days I cant even watch news around my kids. The other day my 6 year old lied to me and when asked him not to . Surprisingly he said that “The white guys (Romney) on TV lies all the time and when he gets caught he says I changed my mind and all his people support him. Well as I got caught now I changed my mind too”. That’s the world we are living in. These Republicans wants to stop the funding for big bird which teach moral to our kids and start showing them selves lying through their teeth all the time on the national TV. What in the world is happening Threatening employee to vote in a certain way other wise you will be fired?. Gosh, Get a life. Think with your brains.

    October 11, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Chip

    Biden takes an Hour and a Half to watch 60Minutes.

    October 11, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Socailismsux

    Joe would be more comfortable if that biker chick was sitting on his lap? What DID Jill have to say about that "campaign stop?"

    October 11, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Mindie in Indie

    @zandhatcats
    Biden is an Idiot. No one cares about VP debates. He has done NOTHING as a VP.
    ~~~~~
    Well son, this proves you know nothing about your VP.
    Did you know he was the person who negotiated the Iraq withdrawal? Biden was also intremental in getting lower interest rates for college loans. He's been a champion of crime, especially crime against women his entire career.

    You really should do some research before spouting your mouth.
    But then ignorant folks vote for the lies and distortions Robme is toting these days, so you Mr. Zandhatcats, fit right in!

    Gees...get some education

    October 11, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Kevin2

    Hey Kevin, While I don't think Biden could handle the job as president, just like his boss can't, what does it mean to "look presidential" and to look "ready to lead?" Are opinions of someone's ability supposed to be based on how they appear? Please get some substance in your decision-making process.

    October 11, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Chaban

    So, is Paul Ryan debating Joe Biden tonight of Neil kinnock?

    October 11, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. penny wright

    According to Fox News columnist Sally Kohn, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday "was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech."

    October 11, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Liberty

    Wouldn't be surprised if Biden was given the questions ahead of time just like President Obama's first press conferenceas a president when he was given one question 2 days ahead fo time by the correspondent and had a 5 part detailed response but fumbled through the resto fo the "spontaneous" answers. Everything is weighted against Rebulicans except people who must pay for their food and groceries and feel the pain of a devalued dollar from all the fed flood of worthless printed stimulus monies. Hey young people out there take note the at this old man Biden is selling your future and enslaving you to the chinese by borrowing form them to pay his voters so they will vote out of dependence. Biden/Obumer have sold out you future. Don't fall for the we will give you a few thousand in student loans now and then tax the chit out of you for 100X whatever we gave to buy your vote. Your futurwe is bad and any other Democrat who votes for these socialist should be ashamed of selling the children's futures for building their own power base.

    October 11, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. NE Union Guy

    Mr Biden will come across as arrogant and mean sprited as he attempts to regain the upper hand lost by the President's pitiful performace. Unfortunately for us, I am a Democrat, Mr. Biden will appear as the old party hack attempting to scare the old folks. I look forward to a more moderate party once Mr. Obama is gone in four years. Right now I hold my nose and vote for him as he has taken our party too far to the left.

    October 11, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. penny wright

    Romney + Karl Rove + Rush Limbaugh + Grover Norquist + super rich + $uperPACs = 1%

    October 11, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. HelloHello

    Did VP Joe Biden get all the questions ahead of time? Will the questions be mostly on Foreign Affairs, rather than, on Domestic Affairs and Problems? Biden is a member of the Council of Foreign Affairs. The question is? How well is the
    'Big Bird' connected?
    The moderator for the the Only VP Debate ,Martha Raddatz, was married to Julius Genachowski,) the wedding Obama attended. Obama appointed , Julius, to head the Federal Communication Commission when he became the President (The FCC's mandated jurisdiction covers the 50 States, DC, and US possessions). Martha Raddatz is currently ABC's Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent She reports for ABC;s World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, she is a frequent guest on PBS. Martha Raddatz's current husband, Tom Gjelten, ( a William Benton Fellow from Chicago University and he is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations ) covers global security and economic issues for NPR News. In addition to reporting for NPR, Gjelten is a regular panelist on the PBS program, which Martha Raddatz, his wife, is a frequent guest. .It appears "Big Bird" is well connected.

    October 11, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Sid Branson

    I hope Biden reaches under the desk and pulls our Bin Laden's skull, and Ryan reaches under the desk and pulls out Obama's college transcripts.

    October 11, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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