Atty. Behind Prop. 8 Lawsuit to Help Ryan Prep for Debate

BY Neal Broverman

September 17 2012 5:45 PM ET

Olson (left) and Biden

Ted Olson, one of the powerhouse attorneys behind the legal challenge to California's antigay Prop. 8, will stand in for Joe Biden when Paul Ryan practices for next month's vice-presidential debate.

Olson will act as Biden, lobbing questions and responses the current vice-president is likely to aim at Ryan. The debate will take place October 11 in Kentucky.

“Joe Biden has been in elected office for more than 40 years. There are few people in politics with more experience debating the issues than Joe Biden, so we are taking this process seriously," Brendan Buck, a Ryan spokesman, told Politico.

Olson served as U.S. Solicitor General under President George W. Bush and represented Bush in the Supreme Court decision that put him in the White House in 2000. Olson later joined forces with his legal opponent in Bush v. Gore, David Boies, in the successful federal lawsuit against California's same-sex marriage ban. Olson and Boies are currently waiting to hear if the Supreme Court will hear their successful challenge to Prop. 8.

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