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The running mates’ political careers are remarkably similar, though a generation apart.
Both were interested in elected office from the start. Biden won his first election to the New Castle County Council in Delaware at age 28. At 28, Ryan also won his first election, to represent Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.
Biden stayed in the Senate for seven terms, including a tenure as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, before becoming vice president. Ryan has served seven terms in the House and chairs the budget committee. The congressional experience sometimes showed. Biden, for instance, kept referring to Ryan as "my friend."
But he didn’t seem to mean it.
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