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Paul Ryan grabs a couple scoops before leaving St Pete




[Photo by Dirk Shadd]

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan wrapped up his debate prep in St. Petersburg Wednesday and left headed to Kentucky for Thursday night's debate - but not without ensuring he generated a little local publicity in the battleground of Tampa Bay.

The Vice Presidential motorcade stopped at Old Farmer's Creamery on Fourth Street North, where he for a couple scoops of Moose tracks for himself and some cookie dough scoops, for Politico's Juana Summers, who just celebrated a birthday. The store was customer-free, but still a zoo with all the reporters and cameras with the travelling press corps.

Sure, it's a nervous situation because Joe Biden is one of the most experienced debators we have in modern politics," he said when asked about the debate. "But the Achilles heel he has is President Obama's record."

Ryan has been a consistent and hard-line opponent of abortion rights, but he brushed off a question about Romney saying this week that no abortion legislation would be on his agenda.

"Our position's consistent and hasn't changed," Ryan said, declining to summarize that position.

Ryan arrived in St. Petersburg late Monday. He spent most of his time inside the Vinoy preparing for the vice presidential debate, but said he managed to squeeze a some poolside down time to read.

"St Pete's great," Ryan said. "I finally got some sun, got outside. In this life I haven't gotten a chance to spent much time outdoors."

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 3:57pm]


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