Van Hollen is working on his Paul Ryan body language

September 13, 2012

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who’s playing the part of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in Vice President Joe Biden’s debate preparations, says he’s got his lines down pat – but that his body language is still a work in progress.

“I’ve got my lines,” Van Hollen, Ryan’s Democratic counterpart on the House Budget Committee, told reporters gathered in the Speaker’s Lobby during votes Thursday afternoon. “I’ve got to work on my other – my gestures.”

Van Hollen said he’s had one meeting so far with Biden, who will face off with Ryan at the Oct. 11 vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

“We’ll kick into high gear in a little bit,” Van Hollen told reporters.

It's a topic Van Hollen discussed with the Post at the Democratic National Convention:

Ryan’s campaign is expected to make an announcement soon regarding who will play Biden in the GOP vice-presidential nominee’s debate preparations.

Asked Thursday whether he had any thoughts on the matter, Van Hollen laughed.

“I’m not going there,” he said with a grin as he disappeared behind the double doors leading from the Speaker’s Lobby onto the House floor.

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