Beau Biden, the oldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, said Monday that his father was studying hard and preparing for Thursday's vice presidential debate with Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee.
Biden, who is Delaware's attorney general, said he was with his father over the weekend preparing for Thursday's debate. The debate will be held at Centre College in Danville, Ky.
"He's studying hard, he's methodically preparing for the debate," Beau Biden said. "He is going to prepare as hard as he has for any debate, including his debate with Sarah Palin."
Beau Biden added that his father was "doing his homework" on Ryan and making sure he understands the nuances of Ryan's House budget, as well as the congressman's stand on Medicare.
Foreign policy touted
Beau Biden said that his father, a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was well-versed on foreign policy issues. But he said his father also understood that Ryan, whom he called a skilled debater, knows foreign policy and domestic issues well.
"They are both very informed guys," Beau Biden said. "Paul Ryan is a very good debater."
Asked if the vice president felt additional pressure to perform well given Barack Obama's subpar performance last week against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Beau Biden said his father had prepared "just as he would any debate."
"He will do it methodically. He will do his homework and understand who his opponent is, understand his positions and deliver his own message," Beau Biden said.
Beau Biden, an Iraq War veteran, was in Milwaukee to tout the Obama's administration's support for veterans.
Obama has kept his commitment to the nation's 22 million veterans and their families, Beau Biden said. The president has increased the Veterans Affairs' budget by 10%, and more claims processors have been hired to handle veterans' claims.
In contrast, Beau Biden said, the Romney-Ryan ticket wants to cut the VA budget by $11 billion. At the same time, the Republican plan calls for adding $2 trillion to the military budget, even though the Pentagon didn't ask for the increase, according to Beau Biden.
In response, Ryan provided this statement while campaigning in Ohio:
"Because President Obama does not have a good record to run on, he has resorted to trying to distort ours. Lately, he talks about what Bob Latta and I did in the House. He is mischaracterizing our support for veterans. Let me make one thing very clear, in the House budget that we drafted and that we passed, we fully met and exceeded the president's request for veterans funding by $270 million. That means we saw a commitment, a promise that our government has made to our veterans."
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