Danville, Kentucky (CNN) – Senior Democrats are predicting a scrappy competitive debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan when they meet onstage in Kentucky Thursday. But both men are collegial people so don't expect a fight club atmosphere.
With polls tightening and new pressure to energize Democrats after last week's presidential debate, Biden has been off the campaign trail for six days hunkered down in debate prep since the weekend.
He's been working out of the same hotel in Wilmington, Delaware that housed his 2008 prep. Each day since Sunday he held a full 90 minute mock debate plus additional work sessions, all run by debate expert and former Biden chief of staff Ron Klain. The vice president's current chief of staff, Bruce Reed, was also present.
Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen played the role of Paul Ryan; he knows Ryan from their work together on the House Budget Committee. Biden communications director Shaliagh Murray played the role of moderator Martha Raddatz, according to senior Democratic officials.
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All eyes are on the stage of the Vice Presidential debate tonight in Danville, Kentucky where Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will face-off for the only time in this election. But President Obama will be doing his own thing as he travels to the politically important state of Florida. Today's trip is his 12th trip there. New polls are out in the Sunshine State which have the race virtually tied so with 26 more days until Election Day, the events in south Florida are important. While there, he'll have two campaign events- the first is a big grassroots event at the University of Miami's BankUnited Center. Later, he'll attend a smaller fundraising reception at the JW Marriott in Miami. He'll return to the White House by the time the Vice Presidential debate has ended but chances are he'll be watching aboard Air Force One.
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