Biden says he's eager to debate Trump: 'I know how to handle bullies'


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Via:  jbb  •  2 weeks ago  •  6 comments

By:   Dartunorro Clark (NBC News)

Biden says he's eager to debate Trump: 'I know how to handle bullies'
Former vice president Joe Biden said at a campaign fundraiser Thursday night that he is eager to debate President Donald Trump, who has continued to make baseless claims about the Democratic nominee's mental fitness.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday night that he is eager to debate President Donald Trump, who has continued to make baseless claims about the former vice president's mental fitness.

"I'm looking forward to getting on the debate stage with Trump and holding him accountable. I think I know how to handle bullies — we'll find out," Biden said at a campaign fundraiser.

Biden said his debate strategy includes focusing on the facts, explaining his agenda to voters, and pointing out promises Trump made but has failed to fulfill. He added that he does not want to see a shouting match with Trump.

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"I hope I don't get baited into getting into a brawl with this guy," Biden said. "It's going to be hard because I predict he's going to be shouting." Biden added there was "a lot more I can say" about his strategy but declined to disclose the rest of his game plan.

This is the most direct response from Biden weeks before the highly-anticipated debate, which slated for Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. Chris Wallace, the anchor of "Fox News Sunday" will moderate the primetime 90-minute event.

Trump and his re-election campaign have also made baseless claims about the mental acuity of Biden, who overcame a severe stutter as a child, to suggest a substandard performance. The campaign has also produced ads aimed at questioning Biden's fitness. Biden has pushed back at those claims, telling The Columbus Dispatch in March, "My mental acuity is fine."

California Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden's running mate, also said at Tuesday's fundraising event she is preparing for her debate with Vice President Mike Pence, which is scheduled for Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. That one-time event is hosted by Susan Page, the Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today.

"Mike Pence and I have very different visions for our country," said the former prosecutor, who is known for her sharp, direct questioning. "And I am looking forward to being able to talk with him and the American people and make our case about what we see as the right path forward for our country. And, you know, I will do it in a respectful way, but I will also speak truth and point out where there have been untruths and lies from this administration."

At a rally in Michigan on Thursday, Trump took another swipe at Biden, calling him "the worst presidential candidate in the history of presidential politics."

"Can you imagine if I lost to him?" Trump asked the crowd. "Don't do that to me, Michigan."

190612-dartunorro-clark-byline-30402_db2a4ff91c00830fa066dbe43739913f.focal-100x100.jpg Dartunorro Clark

Dartunorro Clark is a political reporter for NBC News.


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1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

Joe can handle the bully. Kamala can handle Pence.

1.1  MAGA  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

So Biden can handle and debate himself?  He’s got quite the bully reputation you know.  

1.2  MAGA  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

Pence is not anything like the sleazy Willie Brown so she likely won’t have a clue how to “handle” him.  

2  Ronin2    2 weeks ago

Right, Biden is all talk- but his handlers will never let him debate.

3  bbl-1    2 weeks ago

Debate Trump?  Not hard at all.  Let Trump ramble on then just ask him where he got his information.  And then follow that up with why he believes the information.

4  MonsterMash    2 weeks ago

Most of us know how the debates will go. Democrats will praise Biden saying he mopped the floor with Trump. Republicans will say Trump won hands down. In reality, both will come across as mindless morons.

It will look like a debate between Cheech and Chong on where to find the best weed.


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