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Sun Aug 9, 2020, 07:06 PM

Scoop: Inside Trump's debate prep

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Source: Axios

Behind the scenes: In the room with Trump were his son-in-law Jared Kushner, campaign manager Bill Stepien, senior adviser Jason Miller, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who role-played Hillary Clinton in Trump's 2016 debate prep sessions.

The team agreed to meet at least every 10 days or so between now and the first debate, according to two sources familiar with the results of the meeting.

They resolved to keep the group very small. They may bring in different people based on subject matter expertise, but the group would remain five to six people to limit the potential for leaks.

The group did not specifically discuss whether Christie will play Biden in debate rehearsals. But Trump has made private comments indicating Christie is likely to role-play Biden as he did Clinton. Trump has told associates that Christie "was better than Hillary" and "harder to debate than Hillary" in 2016.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/trump-biden-debates-f8bfa673-d8e5-4a4c-9134-c2b3cce62a70.html

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 07:20 PM

1. I still think he will never agree to debates. He can't control the narrative

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 07:23 PM

2. I'm hoping there are no debates, because Trump will roil anything, but almost as good

would be if the facts of what we've been told prove true: that *most* of America has already made up its mind and the debates will be sparsely watched and change few minds.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 07:26 PM

3. He won't debate. He can't. It would be a disaster.....

If his handlers cave and let him, he'll only do it once. He will be humiliated.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 09:53 PM

10. Just like it was a disaster 4 years ago, yet he somehow managed to occupy the White House

NEVER underestimate the opposition. Hell, they've likely gotten better at hidden receivers since Bush tried it. We just don't know what they'll do.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 07:33 PM

4. 45s preparations include the phrase "fake news"...

And eating lots of cat litter to help with his diction.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 07:49 PM

5. It leaked that they kept the group small to avoid leaks?!?! nt

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Response to hvn_nbr_2 (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 08:01 PM

6. Leakiest administration ever!

There is no loyalty in mob world.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 08:04 PM

7. If he does a first debate, Biden should make every effort,

based on truth and facts (I repeat myself), to piss him off to the point he stomps off stage like a little boy throwing a tantrum.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 08:43 PM

8. Hillary kicked his ass in all three debates. (eom)

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 08:55 PM

9. Well, all the debate prep in the world won't do a bit of good

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Trump never listens to anybody and during a debate he will just end up saying whatever pops into his head.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 09:53 PM

11. I take it Crisco plays Cheeto, when His Orangeness is too lazy to show up

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2020, 10:23 PM

12. Trump lost all three of his debates with Hillary.

The Trump team wants these debates because they have very few ways to change the narrative between now and November. Biden's best weapon will be his confident smile, which I hope he uses often when Trump says something untrue or nonsensical. Biden also used laughter to destroy Paul Ryan in 2012.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Aug 10, 2020, 12:53 AM

13. After discussion with hosts ... LOCKING

Alert: only vague debate prep

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