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. Chaban

    Does Biden still want to divide Iraq into three separate countries?

    What a genius botox/plugs Biden is!

    October 11, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. wth

    ...shows the lengths his team went to replicate the debate conditions...

    at the taxpayers' expense no doubt.

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

    If you rely on big bird to teach your kids morals, it is you that is failing america.

    October 11, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. IronBob

    So why didn't they just use Martha Radditz in the prep as well since the fix is already in.

    October 11, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Dee G,

    Joe is going to kick Ryan's butt all the way back to Wisconsin tonight!!! It's going to be an awesome sight to see!!

    October 11, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Archie Bunker

    Biden looks nervous, he makes gaffes all the time and he is being ordered to be Obama's attack dog. Tonight is going to be hysterical.

    October 11, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Chark

    Osama bin Laden endorsed Joe Biden before he was killed by our brave Seal Team 6 members. Love how the Demorrhoids try to defend Biden's daily/weekly gaffes, or Obama's record.

    This debate should win an Emmy for the Best New Comedy of the season.
    Go Paul Ryan! We can't afford 4 more years.

    October 11, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Gary

    In the first picture of Biden at the desk, it looks like he's having trouble pooping.

    October 11, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Archie Bunker

    If you put Joe in a checkered sport coat, he'd be a good vacuum cleaner salesman.

    October 11, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. rwblake

    Joe is a champion of crime, lol. And he especially wants crime against women, wow.

    I guess Sesame Street did not help your ability to write.
    And yes he was intremental? What word is that?

    October 11, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. 4tune8man

    wow…CNN has the only photo of Biden in a mock debate. What coup!

    October 11, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. AliVonGoldberg

    Joe's debate practice is trying to remember all the words that are synonyms for "liar". That's all he and Slobama have, isn't it.

    October 11, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Bart Johnson

    Yo Joe! Don't forget: Give me your vote, free undercoat!

    He's such a sleazy used car salesman, I'm astounded more people don't see right through him.

    October 11, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. cf

    Every word out of Paul Ryan's mouth is a lie. He gets away with it when giving speeches to his base, but I can't wait to see what happens when Biden is there to call him out on it.

    October 11, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Joe Drager

    Well? Who won the debate? Biden or Van Hollen?

    October 11, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Jimbo

    Wow what a scoop. A photo of Biden sitting at a desk with the back of someone sitting in front of him and another guy sitting next to him. Way to go cnn, this incredibly in depth finding sure makes me want to check your site for news.

    October 11, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Mark

    Biden negotiated the Iraqi withdrawal? hahaha

    October 11, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. dscon

    Howdy Doody and Pinochio=Biden and Obama

    ROTFLMAO

    October 11, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Jeff

    I'm looking forward to the headlines tomorrow. Joe Biden over-prepared for the debate.

    October 11, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. donna

    Remember when Palin asked if she could call him "Joe", since they had not formerly met, but then used it against him, "Say it ain't so, Joe." ? That was rude and pathetic.

    October 11, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. bob litfin

    Does any American give a crap about Biden???????

    October 11, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. jpaq68

    If Biden can rememebr his own name and what city he is in it will be a major victory for the Obama campaign.

    October 11, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. MASTER INFORMER of all the LESS-INFORMED

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    less please

    October 11, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. B Chan

    Ryan needs to ask Biden why he thinks it's acceptable to charge the Secret Service $$$rent while they protect him at his own home!!!

    October 11, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Vote 2012

    No holding back "Let Joe be Joe"!

    October 11, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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