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Trump and Biden’s Strategies for the 1st Debate of the US Election |  US Elections 2024

Trump and Biden’s Strategies for the 1st Debate of the US Election | US Elections 2024

Former US President Donald Trump (left) and current President Joe Biden. – Photo: Reuters via BBC

US President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump prepared for the first debate of the 2024 US elections over the weekend – in very different ways.

Biden stayed with advisers at Camp David, the US president’s country home, and took part in mock debates.

Trump spent Saturday on the campaign trail, publicly practicing attack lines and tactics.

This Thursday’s debate (27/6), organized by the American network CNN, will be the third confrontation – the first of this election cycle – between the two candidates on stage.

They faced each other in the 2020 elections, participating in two debates that year.

Democratic leader Ron Klein is gearing up with his former chief of staff, who helped craft the State of the Union address — the president’s annual message to Congress — in March.

Bob Bauer, who served as a White House adviser under former President Barack Obama, will play Donald Trump in mock debates with Biden, according to CBS News, the BBC’s US partner.

On Sunday, Biden’s campaign also said it plans to hold hundreds of parties and events in US states to air the upcoming debate.

The campaign said it will hold 1,600 events and air a new set of television and digital ads in an effort to connect with voters.

The events will target groups seen as critical to Biden’s re-election, including members of the LGBT community and college students.

“It doesn’t make any difference what Donald Trump is going to look like, whether he’s going to be upset most of the time or whether he’s going to sit there and be quiet,” Mitch Landrieu said on NBC. Sunday.

According to Landrieu, people know he’s a “criminal” — referring to Trump’s recent conviction in a New York bribery trial — “who defamed someone, who sexually abused someone,” referring to Trump’s conviction in the former president’s defamation case brought against him by writer E. Jean Carroll.

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But the Republican Party has abandoned traditional preparation for the debate, instead holding a series of meetings in recent weeks with senators and aides.

Trump has been working with them at his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, to discuss the political issues he wants to address during Thursday’s showdown.

“He’s thinking about how to translate these important topics into a message,” Republican Senator JD Vance said in an interview with Fox News last week.

Vance was among the senators who met with Trump in recent days, along with Marco Rubio and Eric Schmidt.

According to The Hill newspaper, Trump is also discussing how to handle issues such as the January 6, 2021 invasion of the Capitol, which Biden has called an attack on American democracy.

At one point, he asked the audience whether they wanted to be “tough and nasty” or “calm and quiet” with their opponent during the debate.

The former president also dismissed his opponent’s position, saying he was “the worst debater he’s ever faced” and “couldn’t string two sentences together”.

But recently he said he didn’t want to “underestimate” him.

Trump suggests the situation is not in his favor because he says he will be treated unfairly by the media.

Thursday’s debate will be the third face-off between Trump and Biden on stage. – Photo: Getty Images via BBC

On Saturday, Trump announced that he had decided who would be running for vice president on his ticket, though he did not release a name.

In an interview with NBC after a rally in Philadelphia, Trump said his running mate was “very likely” to make it to the debate in Atlanta.

He said no one knew who he had chosen.

“I think a lot of people will go (to the debate).”

The presumptive Republican nominee has said he will reveal his choice for vice president at the party’s convention next month.

Both Vance and Rubio are considered strong candidates, as is North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

Recent polls suggest that the presidential race is close.

The YouGov poll, conducted between June 17 and 21 for the CBS News network of nearly 2,000 voters, shows Trump slightly ahead with a one-percentage-point advantage.