Ryan prepared early in the day with a "pep talk from one of my most trusted advisors," according to a tweet: His son, Sam.
Great pep talk from one of my most trusted advisors. twitter.com/PaulRyanVP/sta…— Paul RyanPaul RyanPoll: Trump voters have positive opinion of president Overnight Regulation: Senators call for 'cost-effective' regs | FCC chief unveils plans to roll back net neutrality Overnight Tech: FCC chief unveils plan for net neutrality rollback | Tech on Trump's sweeping tax plan | Cruz looks to boost space industry MORE (@PaulRyanVP) October 11, 2012
Biden's account tweeted a photo from the faux set where he was getting in a last practice round ahead of the debate.
Joe photo of the day: prepping for tonight’s debate. twitter.com/JoeBiden/statu…— Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump’s wall jams GOP in shutdown talks Bipartisan friendship is a civil solution to political dysfunction Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (@JoeBiden) October 11, 2012
Both campaigns were ramping up their presence online ahead of the debate. Although neither campaign bought a national trending topic on Thursday, the Romney campaign promoted Paul Ryan tweets in searches for both the VP candidates names and for "debates" on Twitter.
Democrats and Democratic committees were showing their support for Biden on Facebook. The Democratic Governors Association suggested their social media followers sign a digital card telling Biden to, "Go get 'em Joe."
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had a separate card reading, "Give ‘em hell, Joe!" in keeping with the Obama campaign's suggestion that Biden would get aggressive this week, in contrast to the president during last Wednesday's first presidential debate.