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Ryan, Biden to debate Thursday


JANESVILLE, Wis (WSAU)  Republican presidential running mate Paul Ryan will soon get back to preparing for his debate on Thursday night with Vice President Joe Biden. But the Janesville congressman took some time off with his family yesterday, and made a couple of non-political appearances in Racine and Kenosha counties.

Ryan and his family spent an hour at Apple Holler at Sturtevant where they bought pumpkins, fed goats, and tasted caramel apples. In Kenosha, he bought seasonings at Tenuta’s Deli, which he’ll use to make venison if he bags a deer in next month’s hunting season.

Ryan then spoke at the Italian-American Society in Kenosha, where he congratulated a business owner who was being honored. He also said he was glad he missed yesterday’s Green Bay Packers’ loss to Indianapolis – and he wanted to get home to Janesville last night to tuck his kids in bed.

Ryan tried as best he could to get away from debate planning for a day. When reporters asked how it was going, he replied, quote, “What debate?” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus tried downplaying expectations yesterday, calling Biden a quote, “gifted orator.” Priebus was on C-N-N’s “State of the Union” program.