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Ryan readies for first national debate

MADISON (WKOW) -- Paul Ryan spent some time at home and did some fundraising near home over the weekend, after days of preparations for his first debate on the national stage.

Ryan, the Janesville native and Republican vice presidential nominee will debate Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday night, at Centre University in Danville, Kentucky.

This weekend, Ryan said he expected Biden to come at him like "a cannonball".

"He's fast on cuff. He's a witty guy. He knows who he is and he's been doing this 40 years, so you're not gonna rattle Joe Biden," Ryan said. "Joe is very good on the attack. Joe is very good at trying to confuse the issues"

Biden says he's doing his homework.

"What I've been doing mostly, quite frankly, is studying up on Congressman Ryan's positions on the issues and Governor Romney has embraced, at least everything I can see. I don't want to say anything in the debate that's not completely accurate," he said.

This debate will include questions on foreign and domestic policy issues.

On CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus was asked how he thought his fellow Wisconsin native would fare in the debate.

"Paul is a smart guy," Priebus said. "He has committed his life to
understanding the problems of our economy, presenting a plan for the
American people, so I think that Paul is going to do - he's going to do a
great job, but I also think it's very important for people to understand,
and I think people realize that Joe Biden is a gifted or orator."


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