As we brace for the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump on Tuesday night, Politico spoke with aides from both sides of the political aisle.
According to Politico, “One person familiar with the campaign’s thinking said the team is bracing Biden for the likelihood that Trump will attempt to weaponize past business dealings by his family members, who the candidate is especially protective of.”
“They’re not only coming after Hunter, they’re coming after Frank and Jim,” the person said of Biden’s son and his brothers.
It is believed that Biden will speak directly to the American people during the debate, shying away from fact-checking the president every time he tells a lie.
“The goal for this debate is to not be a fact-checker of Donald Trump. His goal is to communicate directly to the American people and to outline his vision for how we overcome the pandemic, finally,” said a second person familiar with the Biden campaign’s thinking.
“Biden is someone who speaks to that pain and actually sees people and understands. That’s one of the most important things he can do in this debate,” says Karen Finney, a Democratic strategist and former aide to Hillary Clinton.
Other strategists believe that Trump will return Biden’s remarks by playing dirty.
“It’ll be despicable. But I guarantee you that in debate prep, they’re saying the nastiest things about Hunter they can think of because Donald Trump will say anything and is capable of anything. … They’re well aware of that,” said Matt Bennett, co-founder of the center-left group Third Way. “Trump plays only to one audience all the time, it’s the red meat audience.”
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