A competitive Biden expected in tonight's debate
October 11th, 2012
01:14 PM ET

A competitive Biden expected in tonight's debate

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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  1. BLKMANnAmerica

    Give em heck JOE, your the best VP ever. Long live Joe Biden a true and honest man.

    October 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • California Consevative

      You're obviously a paid troll and not a very good one at that.

      October 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • rosco

      Drug problem??

      October 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Howard

      Biden is an honest man??? Are you kidding ??? The biased, partisan, main stream media has consistently promoted and sold Obama to the American public ... while trashing and demonizing his opponents. Along with the brain washed Obama zombies, they have catapulted Obama into the role of 'Fuhrer' ... and of 'Dear Leader'. The Obama Stooges love Obama more than they love America. Obama is destroying America. America is more important than Obama. Obama is expendable and replaceable ... America is not. Save America ... Elect Romney and Ryan in November !!!

      October 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
      • Lady Dianna Cunningham

        If you think Romney and Ryan are going to save merica, You MUST be ONE of the MLLIONAIRES, Biden cleaned the floor with Ryan,even with Ryans taking all the talking time, Get REAl

        October 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
      • SafeJourney

        Howard, all that hate will eat you up inside and you will Die a miserable old man

        October 12, 2012 at 12:00 am |
      • John

        Strange how the haters always accuse others of hating when they disagree with their stance. You blind followers need to wake up and smell the economy...

        October 12, 2012 at 7:45 am |
      • SafeJourney

        same for you John

        October 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Sancho

      Go Joe Go! Great job in peeling back the onion of deceit being put out there by R&R.

      October 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm |

      I will have to say that no matter what political party you are thinking of voting for... Mr. Biden has been a complete embarassment to our country tonight!

      October 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • wolfen

      I fell he was very rude with the laughs and the rolling of the eyes. Him and Obama has had 4 years to change things, I don't see any changes except his healthcare.

      October 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      Best VP ever? Other than delusion and partisanship, what do you base this statement on?

      October 12, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • John

      WHo knew he really is "crazy Joe"?

      October 12, 2012 at 7:40 am |
    • Caramon

      I remember in 2008 when Candidate Obama won the election. There were a serious number of posts claiming he was our best president ever. The only problem is that he was not yet the president. The best is something you would need to earn.

      I was once told by my mother who voted against Harry Truman that if Truman ever said anything, you could believe it. He was honest as president and vice president. Sorry, I just don't believe VP Biden compares.

      October 12, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  2. rosco

    joe, scrappy then how is it when oblunder had his A$$ handed to him in a sling that Mr next pres was rude,
    sorry i dont get it

    October 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  3. MTATL67

    Crazy Joe, Statesmen Joe...I like'em both. He is a great VP.

    October 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Howard

      There's two Joe's ... you know ... JOJO ... you wind him up, and he makes lots of meaningless, obnoxious noise, banging his little cymbals together.

      October 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  4. California Consevative

    Wasserman Schultz: Wrong Statements About Libya Doesn't Mean They Were False

    California left out of the unemployment numbers.

    Obama playing the Big Bird card?
    The desperation in the Obama administration is astounding and quite pathetic at the same time.

    October 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  5. demwit

    I can just hear Joe now.. "I knew Theodore Roosevelt , and you son are no Theodore Roosevelt" .

    October 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  6. EdR

    You might see a combative Biden, but not a competitive one. Joe cannot resist letting his alligator mouth overrun his hummingbird tail. It was cringe-inducing to watch Joe gloat during the convention about 'GM is alive and Bin Laden is dead'. The truth is that Ol' Joe was opposed to the operation (he was against it before he was for it). Now we see the Chevy Volt battery plant closing and thousands of little Bin Laden wannabe's running around the Middle East with RPGs on their shoulders. Anyone remember the real Joe Biden – the guy who plagiarized a speech and was forced to drop out of a presidential campaign and shouted out that ObamaCare was an effing big deal? The guy is a big-mouthed dimwit. He was a lousy senator who put in half-time weeks so he could go home to Delaware for three and four day weekends – every week for thirty-six years.

    October 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  7. RealityBites

    Meanwhile.., in real news.
    The very same State Department that turned down an Embassy budget request for security in Lybia. Spent $108,000 for Chevy Volt charging stations in Vienna and $45,000 for a single Chevy Volt in Oslo and then promoted it as part of their "Green Energy" program.

    October 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  8. RealityBites

    Not that CNN has shown any interest in the security of our Embassys and their staff..

    October 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  9. Howard

    President Obama changed military funerals ... instead of traditionally reciting: 'On behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation ... Obama has changed it to: 'On behalf of the Secretary of Defense and a grateful nation...'

    October 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • jerry

      your mistaken if you really believe obama is an America..he is no more an American than he is a Christian. No American brain and a hatred for Americans and all that is good.

      October 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
      • John

        I totally disagree with the majority of Obama's policies, but he is as American as any of us. He and his lib friends have a very different point of view than me, but that doesn't make them "unAmerican".

        October 12, 2012 at 8:23 am |
    • jean2009

      @Howard Pinnochio who never checks his viral email based posts with Fact Check, or any other source... as usual your post is another lie.
      From FactObama orderedcheck .org
      Change in Military Funeral Protocol?
      Q: Did Obama order the military to drop the words “on behalf of the president of the United States” when presenting the flag to the next of kin at funerals?

      A: A chain email that makes that claim is wrong. Spokespersons for the Defense Department and the armed forces say that no change was ordered.

      October 13, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  10. rudyG

    So, since Obama laid an egg, and showed what a hollow, empty fraud he is, now the press is trying to make this debate bigger than what it is! Funny how most of the media is giving Biden advice.....Someone please give Chris Mathews some pills or something. The man is going to have a meltdown!

    October 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  11. jerry

    Biden stopped being anything of value years ago. He has been in DC since 1973 and is PART OF THE PROBLEM he needs to go...and on top of that he is an idiot!

    October 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • jean2009

      Joe Biden is down to earth and honest....Ryan is a slick weasel that can't even be pinned down to give an honest answer.

      October 12, 2012 at 10:03 am |
      • Jay in NC

        "slick weasel" sounds like hate speech. Name calling is all Social Liberals have left.

        October 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Caramon

      Well Jean, my father who watched the entire debate would disagree. Especially the part where the Vice President looked into the camera claiming medical costs did not rise for seniors during the past 3 years. At least for some, they have. I guess you will have to decide for yourself who you want to believe. I personally thought this "down to earth" Biden was simply rude while Ryan listened intently.

      October 12, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • jean2009

        @ Caramon-As a senior, then I will tell you your father is not being factual as my costs have gone down over the last four years by a considerable amount.

        I'm also one of those persons who over the last 4 years has experenced more of any medical .system than people ever wish to..During that period of 4 years I lost a husband of 58 years to cancer...which included rounds of chemo & radiation, hospital stays, nursing home stays, and hospice care. I can look at an office binder full of medicare & seondary insurance statements and I'm very grateful for both being available, and for making my burden less.

        So, I can personally tell you for the person who is not independently a millionnaire... it financially can't be done without Medicare.That Medicare is essential, and the cost is reasonable, and it should never be converted to a state run voucher system..

        October 13, 2012 at 10:04 am |

    Biden's behavior tonight is an embarassment to our Country! What is he?... 5 years old?

    October 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  13. Lady Dianna Cunningham

    I would love to say if you think Romney and Ryan are going to save America, You have to be one of the MILLIONAIREs. Biden won so lets tell the truth for a change

    October 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  14. SafeJourney

    Biden did very well tonight, Good for Joe

    October 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Thought you would say that.... just a buch of kides on a play ground poking fun at anyone they can.... Just like you do!

      October 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  15. Idan Orita

    Joe Biden won,American needs to shine face from the republicans
    they full of liars.Job lost started in 2005 and nothing was done.War in Iraq
    and other places ended no one want to be back home(american)because of self fish interest.

    October 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  16. Frank Marshall Davis

    Biden looked like a cranky old geezer.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:36 am |
  17. John

    2 against one and Ryan still came out on top.

    October 12, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • John

      And that is different how?

      October 12, 2012 at 7:42 am |
  18. BikerbobTx

    Joe Biden is an idiot. He displayed it one more time. He was rude, condescending, and smug. He disrepected the debate, his opponent and the moderator like has never been done before since the televised debates began with Kennedy and Nixon. Al Gore shorely coached screw-up Joe on last nights performance. Way to go democrats !!

    October 12, 2012 at 9:19 am |

    Apparently senior democrats think arrogant and angry equal scrappy and competitive..,

    October 12, 2012 at 9:59 am |

    Not to mention the O-Media team.

    October 12, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  21. jean2009

    Lyin' Ryan looked like a slick used car salesman trying to sell the same failed policies of the past. He couldn't be pinned down or give logical answers to any of the questions asked.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • jerrylax

      put biden in a cheap sport coat and tell me what he looks like...hahaha

      October 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  22. jerrylax

    no surprise
    s for this debate. biden has been in DC since 1973...the same old tax the producers, grow govt and etc...and look at europe. He is a tired old baby kissing back slapping goof ball... Ryan certainly showed class and respect while biden interrupted, cussed, and generally make a fool of himself. Cant believe biden even threw one into our Intell agencies and still blaming President Bush...a real class act...whew! Time for a change...keep doing the same stuff get the same results...that is obama/biden in spades.

    October 12, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  23. MaryM

    Nov 6, 2012 is only 3 weeks away. Americans get off your butts and go VOTE.

    October 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  24. Bill in STL

    The word is condecsending ... not competitive... wow this is what liberals are.... look at them in this thread and others you can see the same arrogant condecsention from the president to the veep to all liberals... laugh away there Joey... you might get a surprise.

    October 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  25. Bill in STL

    seriously ... Idid not even use a curse word Like MaryM

    October 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  26. Bill in STL

    To sumarize.... the down your nose attitude displayed by the VEEP was typical of most all liberals...

    October 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  27. Bill in STL

    WOW... CNN has themoderation filter jacked up to HIGH today

    October 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  28. Bill in STL

    the d o_wN Th_ N__OSE Attitude o f the liberall debater seems T_Yp_C_AL of M_OST L_IB_ERA_LS

    October 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  29. Bill in STL

    I give up... CNN is moderating anything that might put Joey in a bad light

    October 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      they must be a little worried

      October 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm |