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. David Hall

    Goofy Joe and his political lie machine.

    October 11, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. actandurg

    sure glad we are spending money "replicating" while Americans are "buried"

    October 11, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Lightrider

    " Please pass the cranberry sauce and stuffing. Oh yes, and if you don't mind, BIG BIRD'S leg. Thank You

    October 11, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Robert

    I love how libs recycle the same insults about repubs...calling Mr. Romney Mittens or Robme. Please be more clever. And to the "guest" who said Big Bird teaches morals...Bert and Ernie being gay is certtainly morals that young children need to learn. Oh and calling Fox News Faux News...again please be a little more creative. LAst note...Ryan should clean Bidens clock this evening.

    October 11, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Doc

    @Mindie in Indie "id 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."

    Do you really believe that crap. The exit was negotiated by the Bush administration and only carried out by the Obama administration. Also, yes he droned on about interest rates, but it was the take over of the loans by the federal government or the Congress that did it not VP Biden. As to caring about crime, you must be confused. That is all Biden does is talk. The problem is he doesn't do anything but talk. Look at how charitable he is on his taxes. i give more than him by 10 times and I am not rich. It will be an interesting show, but I am guessing Biden will be talking in the wrong direction and be his typical gaffe machine self.

    October 11, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. jc

    WOW....macho joe....I hope his uncontrolled anger gets the best of's incredible we have such a dope as our veep

    October 11, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Gary

    Let me get this straight. The ranking Dem on the house budget committee, appointed by the people to represent Maryland has 4 days to role play ?? Do we the taxpayers get a refund?

    October 11, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Christine

    The visuals.. Old guy vs Young guy. It is Ryan's generation that will inherit our massive debt.

    October 11, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Lightrider

    To Robert...Clean it?? He is gonna wipe the numbers off his goofy looking face!!

    October 11, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Northstar

    Joe Biden ..Four day debate prep .In other words they are hopeing to dry Joe out in four days ..

    October 11, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Jen

    @Mindie in Indie

    First of all, it's "instrumental", not "intremental". Generally, educated people proofread and know how to spell.

    Secondly, I wouldn't use the Iraq withdrawal as proof of Biden's expertise, considering how badly the administration bungled that.

    Third, The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 reduced the interest rates on college loans, and Biden did not sponsor that bill. The agreement to extend it was non-partisan.

    Finally, yes...Biden is great with women's issues. Unfortunately, he has not extended that during his VP term. His wife, Dr. Jill Biden, has been doing the heavy lifting in that regard.

    Biden has actually made almost no mark on the Vice Presidency. Unless you count saying incredibly stupid things at incredibly inopportune times. I live in Delaware and believe me...that's the Joe Biden you're going to get.

    October 11, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Doc

    @guest, if you leave teaching your children morals to Big Bird and the TV it is no wonder your kid lies to you. Gov. Romney was spot on in his comments. Fact checks show there are 47M on food stamps. The labor force has 23M unemployed and underemployed. The problem is that President Obama couldn't refute facts. Those numbers came out of the BLS and SS administration. Also, the Princeton professor that Obama sourced the next day on the $5T tax cut says that the President is misrepresenting his paper. He stated Gov. Romney could pay for tax cuts through closing loopholes and cutting federal spending while balancing the budget. Here is a clue don't give 500B to companies like Solyndrra and stop wasting money on Big Bird. The Children's Television Workshop is pretty profitable and doesn't need our taxpayer money. Neither does Planned Parenthood. They can get support from private organizations. The government shouldn't be in the business of social engineering.

    October 11, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Obamao

    If there's one person who really NEEDS to practice for this it's stumbling mumbling bumbling JOE.

    October 11, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. WallyG

    Old tired guy with nothing new and limited intellect but an experienced long winded gasbag vs someone who actually knows what's in the bill the doomocrats didn't read but passed! Foreign policy? Expert Joe? And if Joe say Ryan's got no experience, just remind old Joe he said the same about Obama the inexperie3nced still in over his head methane cloud that is President today! LOL, debate? Biden's just going to use all the quips, snaps and insults Barry was too lazy to remember!

    October 11, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Johnny Dangerously

    Joe Biden killed my puppy... Oh Crazy Uncle Joe, he's at it again..

    October 11, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Barry bin Inhalin

    BFD on all...and Chris Van Hollen wouln't know a true fact if it bit him on the back side.

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

    Biden will need a lot more than a room that looks similar to his practice room tonight. He's going to need to bring his brain and facts to beat Ryan. Now where did he leave that brain................

    October 11, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Anyone who takes Biden seriously is not paying attention. The man is a serial liar.
    Lied about having three undergraduate degrees. He has one.
    Lied about going to law school on a full merit-based scholarship, when he went on a half-scholarship based on financial need.
    Biden admitted to plagiarism in law school and plagiarized a speech while running for president in ’87
    There are others but how much do you need to know to be done with a serial liar??????

    October 11, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Robert Thornton

    Practice, practice, practice, to no avail. There is no cure for stupid.

    October 11, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Del

    Debates don't win elections. They sway those that sits on the fence weeks before election which to me is puzzling because from when both parties nominated a candidate everyone should have had ample time to make up their mind based on the facts that the candidates put out during their campaigns rather than the lies they will say during debates. Those making up minds from debates are the one's that keep getting this nation backward since they come in last min and believe in the lies the hear on the air.

    October 11, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Richard

    Van Hollen debates himself everytime he does an interview. If Biden can get the eye rolling to look into his skull to read the notes that are inscribed there, he will have his cheat sheet and will not go off script.

    October 11, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Ben Jones

    I actually look forward to every story about Joe because when you think he has reached the pinnacle of stupidity he tops himself with another moronic statement.

    October 11, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. xfiler93

    Ryan is gonna get some red meat tonight!!!

    October 11, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. getalife

    The gop outed a CIA facility in their political hearing and admitted cutting funding 330 million to protect the embassies. The gop made a huge mistake playing politics with this issue.issa should resign now.

    October 11, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |

    dey re both lair.

    October 11, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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