Chris Van Hollen on playing Paul Ryan in debate prep: ‘I’ve got to work on my gestures’

Chris Moody
Political Reporter
The Ticket

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who will play the role of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan during debate prep with Vice President Joe Biden, is still working on nailing the part.

Between floor votes in the House Thursday, reporters asked Van Hollen for an update on the mock debates, but he was reluctant to dish details about the process.

"I got my lines. I've got to work on my other..." Van Hollen said, his voice trailing off before he threw his arms in the air. "I've got to work on my gestures."

Ryan is known to be physically expressive during floor speeches and on the campaign trail. Van Hollen has spent years serving with Ryan on the House Budget Committee, arguably making him one of the best Democrats to play the Republican vice presidential candidate in mock debates.

When asked whether he has practiced with Biden, Van Hollen suggested the sessions were coming up soon.

"We'll kick into higher gear in a little bit," he said, adding, "I've had a meeting with the vice president."