Reports: Van Hollen to Play Role of Rival Paul Ryan in VP Debate Prep

Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland's 8th District will stand in for VP GOP candidate Ryan, according to news reports.


Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD, will play the role of GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in practice verbal sparring with Vice President Joe Biden, who will face Ryan in a televised debate before the November election, two television networks reported late Thursday.

Van Hollen, who represents Maryland's 8th District, routinely confronts Ryan in exchanges on Capitol Hill where Van Hollen is the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, which Ryan chairs.

The two often clash over the same issues that will likely come up in the one televised debate between Biden and Ryan, CBS News and ABC News reported.

Van Hollen may know Ryan's controversial federal financial plan better than anyone, ABC reported.

"There's no place where Ryan could go that Van Hollen didn't go up with him toe to toe," a Democratic aide told CBS.

President Barack Obama's campaign officials told CBS that debate preparation has not begun but that Van Hollen has accepted the role of Ryan stand-in.

Biden and Ryan are scheduled to face off in Danville, KY, Oct. 11.

Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts will reportedly be Mitt Romney's stand-in for Obama's debate prep.

Concerned Citizen of Laurel August 17, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Somebody please let Chris Van Hollen know that it is only make believe! He will never come close to being as intelligent as Paul Ryan! Ever wonder why the Democrats have a JACKASS for a masot! JOE BIDEN is PROOF!
David Goliath August 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Let's just hope Mr. Van Hollen's advice to the Vice President is better than how he did when he decided he was clever enough to take on Frank Luntz (key message maker for the repubs). Yeah, Chris looked and sounded stupid going one on one with Luntz... let's just hope his ego doesn't mess this up, too.
Jo Ann Samaras August 17, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Mr. Timmerman is a far better choice to serve the people of the 8th district. He really cares about us.
B Allen August 26, 2012 at 02:31 PM
How do you know when VanHollen is lying??? he opens his mouth. I cannot believe how the people in his district can keep falling for his low life BS. He needs to go and let the door hit him in the butt on the way out. I also agree about the mascot thing, I have nbeen saying that for yrs. We need major changes in MD or this will become a third world republic, like CA.
B Allen August 26, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I cannot wait to see Ryan squish Biden and deflate his ego. Biden has such a big ego because Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.


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