Van Hollen Has Ryan’s `Lines’ Down, Working on His `Gestures’

Photograph by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Photograph By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been channeling a little Paul Ryan lately.

The Maryland Democrat told reporters he’s already memorized the talking points he plans to use when he plays his Budget Committee adversary, Wisconsin’s Ryan, during vice presidential debate prep with Vice President Joe Biden.

Now he just has to prefect the finer points of his Ryan impression.

“I’ve got my lines,” Van Hollen said. “I’ve got to work on my other – on my gestures,”

Speaking to reporters just off the House floor hours before Ryan was to return to Capitol Hill for the first time since Republican Mitt Romney chose him as his running mate on Aug. 11, Van Hollen said he has an upcoming prep session with Biden.

“We’ll kick into higher gear in a little bit,” said Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee that Ryan chairs. He will play the role of Ryan in practices for the Oct. 11 vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Asked who Ryan should get to play Biden, Van Hollen laughed and said, “I hadn’t thought about it.”



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