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Ryan's first week on the trail

He also got an unexpected assist from his opposite number, Vice President Biden, who muscled into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons with his comment to a racially mixed audience in Virginia that the GOP would “put y’all back in chains.”

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Among Republicans, the mood is one of excitement mixed with relief on Ryan — and glee at Biden’s misstep. 

Ryan has eased the initial misgivings some in the GOP felt about his selection, when they feared that he could too easily be tarred as a callous slasher of benefits. 

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