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Time Releases Awkward Paul Ryan Photos

We can’t say we’re too excited about tonight’s vice presidential debate between Paul “Seacrest” Ryan and Joey “Walnuts” Biden, but Time just made things a little more…colorful by releasing the results of a 2011 photo shoot that features Ryan lifting weights, wearing a suit and making funny faces. We particularly love the “girl please” shot on the left.

The magazine picked Ryan as a runner-up in its annual “Person of the Year” issue, but editors held off on releasing the photos until today for some reason. Sounds like a conspiracy theory as heinous as last week’s painfully obvious plan to cook the unemployment numbers, doesn’t it, Jack Welch?

In directly PR-related news (you thought we’d never get there), these pics remind us that Ryan has provided some great publicity for a certain red-hot series of workout videos. P90X creator (and former standup comedian!) Tony Horton says that “Ryan’s been very good for P90X, as much or more so as Michelle Obama”, and claims that Secret Service members told him that they’re “really loving the P90X” on a recent visit to the White House.

This love of weightless workouts may be the last example of true bipartisanship that we see for some time. Enjoy.

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