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Paul Ryan Receives First Intelligence Briefing; Romney Visits CIA Building

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has received intelligence briefings from the U.S. government, ABC News has learned.  Ryan spokesperson Michael Steel confirmed the briefing took place.

The campaign would provide no other details, such as timing.  Presidential candidates and their running mates traditionally receive classified briefings from the intelligence community in the run up to an election.

On Sept. 13, the Romney campaign announced that both Ryan and Mitt Romney would start receiving intelligence briefings.

“For the last several weeks, the Romney campaign has been in touch with the intelligence community to arrange intelligence briefings for Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan, consistent with tradition,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said at the time.

Romney received his second intelligence briefing from President Obama’s administration Thursday morning at a CIA office building at the Dulles Discovery Center in Dulles, Va. The briefing lasted about two hours.

His first came on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles.

Republicans have sought to open a line of political attack against Obama for not attending daily intelligence briefings like those instituted by former President George W. Bush.

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