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Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen has been tapped to play Paul Ryan in Vice President Joe Biden’s debate prep for his upcoming battle on October 11, 2012.

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Report from ABC News:

Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland has been tapped to play his congressional arch rival, Rep. Paul Ryan, in upcoming rehearsals to prepare Vice President Joe Biden for his single televised election-year debate, Obama campaign officials confirmed to ABC News.

Van Hollen, the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, which Ryan chairs, is the party’s leading voice on budget policy in the Congress. He has studied Ryan’s signature plan and arguably knows it better than most on Capitol Hill.
An articulate and aggressive debater, he is also a regular on the TV cable news circuit and on the Sunday morning talk shows.

“I’ve said that Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to the ticket has definitely sharpened the debate and made even more clear the choice for the American people,” Van Hollen told reporters today on a conference call to discuss competing plans for Medicare.

If you’ll recall, President Obama has selected John Kerry to play the stand-in for Mitt Romney during the President’s debate prep.

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Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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