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. America2012

    These comments are entertaining! I hope biden is really polite to Ryan... Just like that muslim was to Romney. Hopefully Ryan doesn't talk too fast or sound too confident. Lets not forget about why biden will not perform well: jet lag, headache, Bush messed up microphone even though b.h.o used it last, etc.

    The best excuses come from Debbie W.S.... you should youtube her
    Dems thank you for always entertaining me your comments are so funny

    October 11, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. mirted

    How do they gather, submit and choose what questions to ask of whom?
    With an obvious Obama adorer involved, one has to be concerned about
    covert bias.

    October 11, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. wibbys1

    Let's see--according to obamster the joe just needs to be joe. May I interpret? The "idiot" just has to be the idiot! The strategy seems lacking..

    October 11, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. DWB

    It is strange that the Ryan /Rumney bunch only does interviews with stations that are fried dly towards them and have mostly Republica s running things @ Cnn. This shows that those @ FOX. and CNN are Republicans. Even Rom dy will appear with Republicans .President Obama and Joe Bidden appear on all Networks. The networks they do not appear on are being included in the 47 Percent that the Ryan /Rumney team will represent if elected.

    October 11, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. wibbys1

    Let's see–according to the bumster, joe just has to be joe. Let me interpret–"the idiot just has to be the idiot he is." something seems lacking in the strategy.--but that's just my humble opniion

    October 11, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. MaxNastic

    So Joe gets to practice? Must be nice to have nothing important to do for basically a week but sit and practice the 'hard hitting' questions Crowley is sure to ask. Oh wait, CNN probably provided Joe with an advanced copy of them so he can be sure to stay on message instead of putting both feet in his mouth.

    Regardless of the outcome, this is a VP debate and nothing will undo the massive failure that is Obama/Biden except a boot from office.

    October 11, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. natgrenadine

    I wish there was audio–I really can't wait to hear Biden make a fool of himself tonight.

    October 11, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Lillie

    Do not be surprise, hate to tell you this you all call Joe names but you fine out tonight just how smart he is and he is the peoples person down to earth and tell it like it is.

    October 11, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Lightrider

    My autistic daughter could out debate Joe the Bumbler!! (with ease)

    October 11, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Name s kel

    I see that lier ryan has his stupid rah rah supprters out here today. I read what mitts trool "roberts" wrote . " you libs kill me????" Ha ha if only so. Pres Obama put it this way to all you republican trash out there "this debate only showed he(mittens) was not a good leader, only a good salesman" and only u conservitive fools bought it.

    October 11, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. James1114

    Ryan and Romney stink. There is no reason for anyone to vote for them at all, unless they are in the roughly $4,000/hr income class, and greedy members of it at that.
    All that they are offering you is the exact same policies as Bush. It wont fix ANYTHING.

    October 11, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Clivus

    Here it comes, Geritol Joe

    October 11, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. SkipTwo

    @Lillie – Do not be surprise, hate to tell you this you all call Joe names but you fine out tonight just how smart he is and he is the peoples person down to earth and tell it like it is."

    Ha ha. The guy doesn't know what state he's in, tells a cripple guy in a wheel chair to "stand up so you can show yourself", talks about Obama's "big stick" and race baits with his "ya'll in chains comments". Yea, real smart guy.

    October 11, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Tree

    Lay off of Jo he is the must real of them all.......I like him he is for the middle class and been fighting for years for us. Don't mess with grandfather........................

    October 11, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. Name j..gross

    I wAnt joe to win dems represent working man

    October 11, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. TY

    Lightrider

    My autistic daughter could out debate Joe the Bumbler!! (with ease)

    Shame on you now you making fun of your daugher......................way to go goper..................

    October 11, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Sione

    Go Biden!
    R and R want to take woman back a few centuries.
    Give him hell Joe, my body's counting on you!!!!

    October 11, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Hope they talk about cheap clean natural gas - and discuss the high number of deaths from black lung disease among coal miners. It's one of the most painful deaths you ever want to see. People still breathe, but no oxygen gets thru the black dust into the blood. VERY painful and goes on and on and one. NO CURE.

    October 11, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. LR

    Crowley was in the tank for McCain and she's in the tank for Romney. Let's see how she handles her bias toward republicans tonight.

    October 11, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Answeringthosestillinthefog

    Name s kel said: "Pres Obama put it this way to all you republican trash out there "this debate only showed he (mittens) was not a good leader, only a good salesman" and only u conservitive fools bought it.

    If that be true (and it’s not); what kind of fool be you, that nearly 4 years later, your Roth-Rock-O still can't do either, "Lead, nor Sell it ... and (yet), you and your ilk are still buying it?" ... I could say more, but I'm being too polite! ... :)

    October 11, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Lightrider

    To Still in the fog..Your STILL IN A FOG!!

    October 11, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Arkansas

    They have to give him a head start and study all of the answers. But how is this an exclusive story? Only happens at CNN.com

    October 11, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Linz

    Is Joe going to show up? I thought he went into the Federal Witness Protection Program when Ryan got named the next VP.

    October 11, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Lightrider

    To Line (Bottom) Feeder.don't hold your breath!!

    October 11, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Lightrider

    Biden the Bumbler couldn't debate Big Bird on his best day.

    October 11, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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