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Joe Biden calls to congratulate Paul Ryan

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden has telephoned Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, congratulating him for being Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney's running mate.

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The Obama campaign says that Biden encouraged Ryan to enjoy the day with his family.

Biden also says he's looking forward to engaging Ryan in what he's calling a "clear choice voters face this November."

Biden and Ryan are scheduled to meet in one debate before Election Day.

Romney announced Ryan's selection Saturday morning.

The 42-year-old Ryan is the architect of a controversial long-term budget plan to remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending.

He has served seven terms in Congress.

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