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New Hampshire

October 5, 2012

Biden's son campaigns in Derry

He says father is ready to debate Ryan next week

DERRY — With the vice presidential debate on deck, Joseph Biden’s son, Beau, yesterday said his father is methodically preparing for his “very capable” rival, Paul Ryan.

The younger Biden, campaigning at MaryAnn’s Diner, near Pinkerton Academy where Ryan headlined a rally last weekend, said his dad’s mission is foremost about taking the Democratic ticket’s case to voters.

“What he’s most prepared to do, though, is not just be prepared to debate Congressman Ryan, but to speak directly to the American people,” Biden said.

Biden, 43, is sure people are interested in the differences between the two tickets.

“I think people will definitely take time to take stock in what the vice presidential candidates are saying about the ticket and about what the ticket’s vision is,” he said.

Biden’s visit to Derry comes only a day after President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney clashed in their first debate in Colorado. The vice presidential debate is Thursday in Kentucky.

“My dad is methodically preparing for the debate like he did in 2008,” Biden said.

His father never underestimates his opponent, he said.

“He knows that Paul Ryan is a very capable, smart legislator who has intimate knowledge of not just budget proposals he’s made but the U.S. budget and questions of tax, economy, domestic issues, entitlements, Medicare, Social Security,” Biden said.

“Paul Ryan is very, very informed. (My father is) working hard to prepare, as much as he can, to be able to have a robust discussion, a meaningful discussion,” Biden said.

Biden, 43, state attorney general of Delaware, is an Iraq war veteran who faults Ryan and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for the funding of veterans services.

“They have a different set of priorities in how we honor our commitment to veterans,” Biden said.

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