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Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Face Decisions That Could Shape Politics for Years to Come

The two men, who faced off in the 2012 vice presidential debate, are each at a crossroads.
2012 Vice Presidential Debate
Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former rivals Vice President Joe Biden and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan are facing looming decisions that will help shape the future of American politics. 

Neither Ryan, who is being pressured to run for speaker of the House, nor Biden, who is weighing another presidential run, has made up his mind, according to those close to the two men. The dual clocks, meanwhile, are ticking down fast.