The first debate between Joe Biden and President Trump is coming up this week and some Democrats are getting a little nervous.
The trouble with a debate is that Joe Biden will be on his own. A campaign aide will not be able to step in and stop the event if he gets into trouble or has a hard time.
They’re not saying it publicly, but there is real concern.
The Washington Post reported:
Trump readies a debate onslaught — and Biden allies worry
President Trump is gearing up to launch blistering personal attacks on Joe Biden and his family in the first presidential debate on Tuesday, while Biden is bracing for an onslaught and worried allies are warning the Democratic nominee not to lose his temper and lash out, according to people with knowledge of the strategies in both camps.
Trump has told associates he wants to talk specifically about his opponent’s son Hunter Biden and mused that the debates are when “people will finally realize Biden is just not there,” according to one adviser.
The president is so eager to lay into his rival that he has called aides to test out various attacks, focusing on attacks that cast Biden as a longtime Washington insider with a limited record of accomplishment, said another adviser, who like many interviewed for this story spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly describe private talks.
Biden and his advisers are anticipating a venomous barrage, according to a person with knowledge of their thinking, and they are preparing to counter with an affirmative case for a Biden presidency. The Democrat wants to stay focused on how he would address the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s economic problems, which he blames Trump for worsening.
Democrats have good reasons to be worried. Just yesterday, Biden claimed he joined the Senate 180 years ago:
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 26, 2020
This debate may be one of the most watched of all time.