Washington (CNN) - Paul Ryan has a constant companion on the campaign trail - a weighty burden he clearly can't live without.
It's an oversized, well-worn brown briefcase that holds about 40 pounds of paperwork that he's been studying nonstop to prepare for his debate with Vice President Joe Biden.
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Danville, Kentucky (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, will share the stage in Danville, Kentucky, in their only debate. Biden and Ryan's debate follows the top of the tickets' first of three debates last week, in which Obama turned in a lackluster performance, upstaged by an aggressive and vibrant Romney.
Here are five things to watch for on Thursday night:
New York (CNNMoney) - On Nov. 6, there's a very real possibility that many Americans with disabilities will not be able to vote because their local polling places will be inaccessible.
Advocates for the disabled are worried that local governments aren't doing enough to prepare - as are some of the small businesses that outfit polling sites with ramps.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan go head to head Thursday in the first and only vice presidential debate. The two face off at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky at 9 p.m. ET.
Elsewhere on the trail, President Barack Obama travels to Florida for campaign events, while Republican nominee Mitt Romney heads from Ohio to North Carolina for an evening rally in Asheville.
See a full schedule of the day's events after the jump.
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CNN’s John King: VP debate no game-changer, but could shift momentum
Yes, the debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan is sure to be entertaining, and it comes at an important moment in a highly competitive presidential campaign. But let's not get carried away. Some healthy context, courtesy of Republican pollster Whit Ayres: "Dan Quayle got his clock cleaned in his VP debate and still ended up as vice president." That's because Americans pick presidents on Election Day, not vice presidents.
CNN: Ryan's debate prep as meticulous as he is
Paul Ryan has a constant companion on the campaign trail - a weighty burden he clearly can't live without. It's an oversized, well-worn brown briefcase that holds about 40 pounds of paperwork that he's been studying nonstop to prepare for his debate with Vice President Joe Biden. Ryan sat down for an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dana Bash to give some insight into how he is getting ready for his 90-minute face-off.