Vice-presidential debate could be a tale of two Ryans
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (REUTERS) - Republican Congressman Paul Ryan is a changed man. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate made a name for himself as a bold fiscal crusader, willing to make big, unpopular cuts to entitlements to get United States (US) finances in order.
But since Mr Romney tapped him in August to join his campaign, the vice presidential candidate has become more prudent, avoiding detailed discussion of his budget plan and earning the nickname "mini-Mitt" for displaying a cautious streak like his boss.
For Vice-President Joe Biden, a major question heading into his debate with Ryan in Kentucky on Thursday is "a choice of which Ryan we're going to see", a Biden adviser said.
Instead of promoting his own budget plan, which includes caps on future Medicare spending, Ryan is talking up Mr Romney's more voter-friendly version, which has no spending limits, at campaign events.