Biden and Trump prepare for a debate that could turn personal |

She, like other Biden allies, warns that spending too much time fact checking the President would be a mistake.

“He can start by saying and acknowledging from the outset that Donald Trump is an inveterate liar and he will lie during this debate, but he just can’t be spending all of his time battling Donald Trump’s lies when he’s got to get his message out and talk to the people about what he’s going to do for them. It’s about them, not about Donald Trump,” said Granholm.

As for the President, some of his advisers say they hope he reigns in his natural tendency to get too personal.

“I would say to avoid becoming overly personal and stick to the issues,” said Trump’s 2016 campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.

But, Conway added, “You can question, and I’ve been a loud voice about this, you can question the readiness for the presidency of Joe Biden, his acuity, his agility, his stamina, his just readiness for the job.”

Team Trump has been pushing the President to lean into key 2016 promises he kept, like renegotiating NAFTA. They’re also hoping — when the issue of race comes up — he pivots to the bipartisan criminal justice reform bill he signed into law.

Conway said the President has been watching videos of Biden’s previous debates and of his own debates against Clinton four years ago.

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