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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soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Lightrider

    Watch The Biden Smack Down @ 9 PM. Ryan 's gonna put an intellectual head lock on "Bumblin' Joe the Schmuck"

    October 11, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Economic Democracy Now

    Please don't be a racist. Vote Obama/Biden 2012.

    October 11, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. SpiffyMe

    In all seriousness the reelection of Obama – Biden will truly be a disaster for the future of the America we know.

    October 11, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. flipflopper mitttttttt

    Maybe this debate give Jon Stewart better material for next week's show.

    October 11, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. BengalsKuta82

    Im gonna go with the young blood. Ryan will tick Biden off and then Biden will screw up big time. Biden does worst when he is frustrated. I really do think Ryan will WIN this one. Biden and Obama cant run on their record and we all know that..Whats Joey Biden gonna say??

    October 11, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. AshkiaD

    To EconomicDemocracyNow : I am sick to death of Democrats who say that if I don't vote for Obama, I'm a racist. I don't like Obama for more reasons than I can count and not a single one of them has to do with color.

    October 11, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Larry L


    Watch The Biden Smack Down @ 9 PM. Ryan 's gonna put an intellectual head lock on "Bumblin' Joe the Schmuck"
    Lyin' Ryan will try the Oppie from Mayberry" crap on Joe and it won't work. Ryan is just another pathological liar who pretends to be something other than a Beltway Bandit. He's a lap-dog for the fat-cats and Joe will rub his preppie nose in it. Watch for Ryan's lies when he's ask about Medicare – something he's always planned to kill.

    October 11, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Now that Romney's Etch-A-Sketch is trying to paint him as a moderate how will that mate-up with Lyin' Ryan – the only person around crazier and more of a right-wing extremist than Michelle Bachman?

    October 11, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Smeagel4T

    Biden's the only one with family in the military.

    October 11, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. Smeagel4T

    It'll be interesting to see if Ryan can keep his lies coordinated with Romney's lies.

    October 11, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. Stuart

    Romney ALWAYS was a moderate! to say he's too conservative and covering it up is rediculous! That red herring was thought up by the anointed one to make up for his crappy debate performance.

    October 11, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. alyr

    Even in these pics he looks 90. Wait until the charismatic hunk Ryan sits down.

    October 11, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. Stuart

    I think obama and his cohorts have been telling so many distortions over the past few months they actually believe them! Ryan will mop up the floor with the gaff miester.

    October 11, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. CBR

    Mr. Ryan has his own agenda. Which will he bring to the debate tonight. Mr. Romney left his moderate roots behind to become a conservative. He changed some of his long-held positions to win this nomination. Will that mean that they will change positions once elected. The Dems would hope so. The republicans would hope not. Otherwise their very conservative agenda will lose.

    October 11, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Stuart

    to cbr That is a lot of baloney! ryan is a conservative that's true, but Romney is the samr as he has always been. even the actual policies he espouses are moderate. You just listen to the spin Obamhead and his minions attach to it. try some other news outlets besides MSNBC and you will see the light!

    October 11, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. jeff

    Ryan, said that Iran does not have the way to deliver a bomb. Does it take a rocket, ***********, No all it takes is a person willing to carry a brief-case, or drive a truck, or fire a mortar. What about, a light plane, or small boat.
    Are we willing to wait to find out the next trick to cross our borders, or on our Allies.

    October 11, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Gupta

    Loving Biden right now

    October 11, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. jeff

    Romey, Ryan, Their polical program should be EVADE< EVADE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>...

    October 11, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  19. Stuart

    I think biden has althiemers disease, hes acting like an idiot on the debate...interrupting, wild gestations and general dislexia. It will be good to see him retire in a few months.

    October 11, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Stuart

    I like jeffs remark. How can Ryan evade? gaffman won't let him talk!!!!

    October 11, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. Red White and Blue

    WOW! Biden has crashed. I think he was wired on CRACK at the start of the debate. So unprofessional of Biden to be rude. I truly believe anyone backing this crack head need to have their head examined.

    October 11, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. jeff

    Every President, since FDR, and Roosevelt, has promised to lower the Budget..... Why blame Osama, The problem is
    that we all want more, more, more...... We as the people have to exspect less, and DO more........
    We have to get our lives, in order, and ask less from our goverment, Less police, less Fire-departments, less Courts.
    -We would rather scream for help, than do it our-selfs
    Why not let Mexicans in? They want to work, and don't need workers comp, for every time they need a band-aid, they just want a job............ what about Education, Why pay Bosses 100,000 ayear, when they don't have teachers to fill the positions that need to be filled. they need to pay the teachers, then find people to micro-manage, how to fix any problems, not the other way around.
    And why not let crime-breakers serve in the military VS Jail

    October 11, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
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