In Virginia, they simulated the debate setting, in which Biden and Ryan will be seated.
Kerry Healey, who was Romney’s lieutenant when he was governor of Massachusetts and now advises him on foreign policy, stood in for debate moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News and even channeled the newswoman’s speaking style.
Ryan has tried to keep the number of advisers in the room with him to fewer than 10. From time to time, Romney aides from the Boston campaign headquarters joined the preparations, including strategist Russ Schriefer, longtime loyalist Beth Myers and conservative liaison Peter Flaherty. Foreign policy hand Dan Senor also has been helping Ryan.
Ryan hasn’t debated since his first run for Congress — in 1998 at age 28.