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. seth

    Dave: You better get ready to get off the couch, wash your pizza stained shirt, pick the fleas out of your beard.....cause when Ryan completes his humiliation of "Crazy Uncle Joe" and Mitt finishes off Obama in the debates, you will need to get out of the house and look for a job. The days of supporting you Obama leeches is almost over, and not one dime to soon.

    October 11, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. fart breath

    What a joke Biden is! This is going to be an even worse ass whipping than the 1st Presidential debate.

    October 11, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    he couldnt beat Palin who was a noobie, he isnt going to beat Ryan who is much more prepared.

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

    Gee. I don't think I'd be touting a "champion of crime". Biden's supporters are as gaffe-prone as he is! And haha "Robme". Juvenile too. How old are you?

    October 11, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Gregory Faith

    Biden is a BOOB -- Ryan is a Numbers Guy. Got the Popcorn and beer all ready for a Ryan Sweep!

    October 11, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. AZTXBoy

    From Guest "These Republicans want to stop the funding for big bird which teach moral to our kids..,". My God man. If we as a society are teaching morals (and educational skills for that matter) via Sesame Street, then we deserve Obama and his ilk. In fact, let's just make Elmo our dictator.

    October 11, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Gregory Faith

    Ok, I'll try this again CNN..

    Biden – is a (no comment) Mr. Ryan is a numbers guy and will wpe the floor tonight with the VP

    October 11, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. ouldbollix

    Mindie in Indie
    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 |

    You sir have to be on the bamster/biteme re election team.
    There's not a fair minded person in the country that thinks biteme even has a brain.

    October 11, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Gregory Faith

    Ok one more time CNN

    Biden – Ryan is a numbers guy. I'll take hm!

    October 11, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Big_D

    Hero who served his country against a pathological liar. This should be fun. Romney, Ryan and there entire families have never served a day in defense of this country. Mitt's family defected to Mexico when they didn't like the US laws. Biden and all his surviving sons have served with honor.

    October 11, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Bill Owen

    Why the ultra liberal Candy Crowley as moderator for the VP debate?

    October 11, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Sick sad world

    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.
    Was Big Bird just brought up as a major reason not to vote for republicans? Threatening employees to vote a certain way? is he talking about workers unions? What on earth is this person talking about?!?!?!?!

    October 11, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. CurlyBill

    Mindie in Indie

    So according to you, VP Biden has "been a champion of crime, especially crime against women his entire career." I did not know that. How can anyone support a man who is a champion of crime against women? I would think any right minded person (other than a criminal), would refuse to vote for anyone even associated with a person who is a champion of crime. Perhaps you could elaborate. Which type crime of crime does VP Biden most strongly support? Economic crimes like robbery, burglary, auto theft? Or does he prefer to champion violent crimes like assault, battery, manslaughter and murder? As for the crimes against women that Mr. Biden champions, what are those?

    Anyway, thank you for curing me of my ignorance. I just thought he was a mediocre legislator and a bad vice president. I had no idea he was a champion of crime, especially crime against women. I now don't see how I could vote for any ticket of which he a part.

    October 11, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Mike Hawkee

    They should have Uncle Joe sitting on a tall horse, wearing a cowboys-n-indians Halloween costume, firing off his cap gun everytime he flings off a zinger.

    October 11, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Pete

    Quote:"so does Ryan get the questions ahead of time also??"
    You're an idiot if you think he got the questions ahead of time. He's practising before the debate and they discuss topics that they think the moderator is going to ask. ALL presidents, candidates and vice presidents do this BEFORE the actual debate, but none of them get the questions ahead of time.

    But of course if Faux News says that Biden got the questions ahead of time all you right wing extremist bots will believe that because that's what Faux News said.

    October 11, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. brian

    Hah..I wouldn't be surprised if he had every question the reporter is going to ask already given to him so he can try and look even better tonight..

    October 11, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. DutchUncle

    Sneak Peek???? More like give him information on how to handle the debate. The whole thing stinks. Why aren't there any conservative,,,(actual people who like this country) comentators. I am sick to death of the libeal puke dictecting he debate and guiding the Dems around the hard questions.

    October 11, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Lightrider

    Joe the Schmuck!!

    October 11, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. billy bob

    This is an exclusive??? WOW.

    October 11, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Ibulena

    Remember Biden's plagiarism!!!!!

    October 11, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Lightrider

    To DAVE...your a dreamer.

    October 11, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. ajhnson

    Well what can I say? If you're a patriot and you love America you'll vote for Romney/Ryan. If you're a communist and hate American exceptionalism you'll vote for the thug and his water carrier... Obama/Biden.

    October 11, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Bob

    Someone please ask Ryan if he's being as truthful about his plans for Medicare as he was about his marathon time.

    October 11, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Zoney

    You KNOW the fix is in on this one. Especially after the disastrous performance of Dear Leader in the first debate, the shills in the mainstream media will be doing everything possible to prop up crazy ol' Plagiarizin' Joe Biden, up to and including leaking the questions (would that *honestly* surprise any of you?), the moderator steering the debate, and all the useful-idiot shills doing everything possible - both directly and obliquely - to make crazy ol' Plagiarizin' Joe look as best as they can make him look.

    And at the end of the day, Ryan will still have cleaned his clock with aplomb, to the predictable strident denials and interference-running of the sellout hacks in the media.

    October 11, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. fred

    Right off the bat I see a problem Biden's handlers pick to play Ryan. They chose a weasel vile impersonator in Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland. I suppose Biden will claim that he was shocked and is the reason he lost the debate because "this is a different Ryan then the one he was expecting". Like president like VP.

    October 11, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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