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2012 vice-presidential debate

Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential

Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shake hands after the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin met at Centre College in Danville, Ky., for the only vice-presidential debate of the 2012 election. The stakes were high, as the vice-presidential debate follows the first presidential debate of Oct. 3, in which President Barack Obama was widely seen as losing to the Republican presidential candidate, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, leading to a surge in the polls for the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Vice President Joe Biden, center, and his wife
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Vice President Joe Biden, center, and his wife Jill Biden meet with Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, right, his wife Janna Ryan, left, and son Charlie, center, on stage after the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden kisses his wife Jill
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Vice President Joe Biden kisses his wife Jill Biden at the end of the vice presidential debate with Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin held at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
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Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin kisses his wife Janna following the vice-presidential debate with Vice President Joe Biden at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential
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Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shake hands after the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential
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Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shake hands at the conclusion of the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee
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Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, right, engage in a spirited exchange during the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
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Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin answers a question during the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden listens to Republican vice-presidential
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Vice President Joe Biden listens to Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin during the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Moderator Martha Raddatz watches as Vice President Joe
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Moderator Martha Raddatz watches as Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin participate in the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of
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Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, right, and Vice President Joe Biden talk over one another during the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

This undated ABC News photo shows Martha Raddatz,

This undated ABC News photo shows Martha Raddatz, who by moderating the vice-presidential debate Thursday night between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, became the first woman in two decades to moderate a presidential campaign debate.

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential
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Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin debate one another at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
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Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaks at the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
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Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin answers a question during the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden answers a question during
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Vice President Joe Biden answers a question during the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden gestures during the vice-presidential
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Vice President Joe Biden gestures during the vice-presidential debate with Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
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Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin participates in the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee
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Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin interact during the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks during the
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Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks during the vice-presidential debate with Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden laughs during the vice-presidential
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Vice President Joe Biden laughs during the vice-presidential debate with Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden answers a question as
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Vice President Joe Biden answers a question as Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin listens during the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
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Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin makes a point during the vice presidential debate with Vice President Joe Biden at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden makes a point during
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Vice President Joe Biden makes a point during the vice-presidential debate with Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Republican vice-presidential
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Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan participate in the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin,
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Republican vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, left, and Vice President Joe Biden shake hands before the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan arrives at
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Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan arrives at the Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., in advance of the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Vice President Joe Biden exits Air Force Two
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Vice President Joe Biden exits Air Force Two upon his arrival at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., on his way to the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

Producers look at a television screen while testing
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Producers look at a television screen while testing stage lighting the day before the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Students posing as Vice President Joe Biden and
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Students posing as Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan shake hands during set up for the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Crews put finishing touches on the stage for
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Crews put finishing touches on the stage for the vice-presidential debate at the Norton Center at Centre College in Danville, Ky., where Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan will face off in the first and only vice-presidential debate on Oct. 11. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Supporters wave signs during a rally outside the
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Supporters wave signs during a rally outside the Norton Center on the campus of Centre College in Danville, Ky., where Democratic Vice President Joe Biden will debate vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).

Supporters hold signs in support of President Barack
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Supporters hold signs in support of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney at Centre College in Danville, Ky., the site of the 2012 campaign's only vice-presidential debate. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Students gather on campus ahead of the vice-presidential
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Students gather on campus ahead of the vice-presidential debate between Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Paul Johnson, dressed as George Washington, left, walks
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Paul Johnson, dressed as George Washington, left, walks past a barricade at Centre College in Danville, Ky., where Vice President Joe Biden will debate with Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks at
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Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks at the White House on April 12, 2011. At right, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan speaks on Capitol Hill on April 5, 2011.

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