Who is Ted Olson? Former Solicitor General, Gay Marriage Supporter Played Biden
The Republican attorney who played Joe Biden in Ryan's debate preparations famously argued in federal court for same-sex marriage and against Proposition 8. Ryan is against same sex marriage.
At an LGBT dinner in Washington D.C. in March, the renowned attorney called the battle against Proposition 8 "the highlight of my life," according to the Washington Post.
When it was announced Olson would stand in for Biden during the debate preps, Ryan spokesperson Brendan Buck told ABC News that Olson and Ryan did not know each other well.
Olson also served as Solicitor General in the George W. Bush administration, and as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel under President Ronald Reagan.
He also served as private counsel to both Bush and Reagan. He helped to cement Bush's victory in the 2000 presidential election during the recount. He is now an attorney at the Gibson Dunn & Crutcher's law firm in Washington D.C.
Who Else Was In Debate Prep?
Some of the advisers who helped Ryan prepare included Russ Schriefer, Romney Senior Advisor; Dan Senor, Romney foreign policy advisor who has been traveling with Ryan for most of the time since he has been selected; Andy Speth, Ryan's chief of staff in his Wisconsin Congressional office, one of Ryan's closest friends from high school as well as his chief of staff and oldest advisor.
Also involved were Joyce Meyer, chief of staff in the Washington DC congressional office,; Conor Sweeney, communications director in Ryan's Washington D.C. congressional office; traveling press secretary Michael Steel; policy adviser, David Stewart and Elise Stefanik, Romney policy advisor and former policy director for the RNC platform.
What Has Ryan Said About the Debate?
Sure, it's a "nervous situation," he said Wednesday at an ice cream stop in St. Petersburg on his way to Danville, Ky. And yes, his debate prep at the Vinoy "went well."
"Joe Biden has been on this stage many times before," Ryan said while ordered two scoops of Moose Tracks ice cream. Biden is "one of the most experienced debaters we have in modern politics, but the Achilles Heel he has is President Obama's record and I'm really looking forward to giving the American people a very clear choice," he added.
Refusing to take the punditry bait about how much impact his debate will have on the race, he did quip to the media: "I'm sure you will debate that one endlessly."
However, as recently as Sunday, when asked by a reporter whether he was "excited" about the debate, he said he was "excited about picking pumpkins." That's what he was doing with his family, along with feeding goats.
But in a follow-up, he was asked to contrast the goat feeding with debate prep. "It feels like the same," said Ryan