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Paul Ryan mistakes Colt McCoy for Brandon Weeden

Paul Ryan, the boyish GOP vice presidential candidate, would have done well to study the Cleveland Browns' roster before dropping in for a visit with the team Wednesday.

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Mitt Romney's running mate spoke to a gathering of Browns players after practice and went on a pleasant soliloquy about watching rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden's heroics at Oklahoma State.

One small issue: Ryan was pointing to backup Colt McCoy, the former Texas passer and Browns starter.

Ryan back-pedaled faster than Joe Haden in an attempt to undo his gaffe. "You always had your helmet on," Ryan told Weeden, according to The Plain Dealer.

Weeden didn't seem bothered by it, later telling The Associated Press: "I think he saw the red (practice) jerseys and got us mixed up. But he's got more important things on his mind right now than me and Colt. It was a good laugh."

It's been a streaky week for Ryan. His signal-caller mixup comes on the heels of reports the Romney campaign "ramrodded their way" into a Youngstown, Ohio, soup kitchen to generate photos of Ryan washing dishes. Clean dishes.

These are beautiful times.

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