The first presidential debate, “will be the first real look at people who are 77 years old, Joe Biden,” former White House press secretary Ari Fletcher told “Outnumbered Overtime” on Tuesday.
Flesher reacted to a Wall Street Journal column written by Gerald Sibb commenting, “Half an hour to the key to the campaign? The beginning of the first debate. “
Seeb wrote on Monday that the Democratic presidential nominee “will get the best chance to show that he gets to work in the first 30 minutes of the Sept 29 debate.”
“This is the critical period when Joe Biden will have his best chance to show up for the job, and the wavering voter who doesn’t really make President Trump feel that it’s safe to walk away from them and turn to Democrats, ” He continued.
The debate is scheduled to take place in Cleveland, Ohio and will be moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
Fletcher reported on Tuesday that the American people “haven’t really looked at the candidates, especially Joe Biden, the way they usually do in a campaign.”
“You’re not watching them regularly on live TV, mixing it up, being tested, being challenged,” that’s why he thinks Sibb talks about the first half-hour of the debate. The most important thing for Biden is “so good.”
Asked what Biden had to do during the first presidential debate, Flecher said, “He has to be assertive, he has to be fast on his feet. [and] He will have to negotiate. ”
“He’s just got up to speed and acting,” he insisted.
Host Harris Faulkner asked Fletcher on Tuesday if there was “caution for Republicans”?
“Is, but too late for that,” Fletcher said in response. “The bar has already been set, which is largely due to attacks on Joe Biden that he is rude, polite, incompetent and therefore this is very few times to get Joe Biden.”
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He admitted that Biden could prove that he could “put the sentences back together” and “not on the teleprompter”, in a recent interview the former vice president did with ABC’s David Muir.
“It makes me wonder why the staff script him so much,” Fleischer continued.
“I mean this is a legitimate concern, no one would do that if they didn’t think they needed to do it for a candidate,” he said, acknowledging that “then you get to see him in these few spontaneous incidents.” See and he fixes it. ”
During an extensive interview with “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday morning, President Trump said he “prepares” every day for the upcoming general election debate with Biden.
Trump, referring to the Democratic primary debate, said, “I don’t know who’s going to show Biden because I saw him during the debate, when they were 20 people on stage … and I saw him and he was a disaster.” was.” . “You are not worse. He was grossly incompetent. ”
The president, however, said that on March 15 during a one-on-one debate between Biden and former Democratic nominee Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT., The former vice president was “OK.”
The president then questioned whether Biden was taking drugs to enhance the performance of his debate – a topic he had repeatedly raised over the past several weeks, while calling for a mandatory drug test before the general election debate .
Trump provided no evidence to support his claims, nor did he say which drugs he thought Biden was taking.
Last month, the Biden campaign denied that the former vice president was on any drugs during the debate and called Trump a liar.
Biden’s campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told Fox News, “We know this is unbelievable for Donald Trump, but Joe Biden can honestly speak even without a shot of the truth”. “We want to see Trump do it too.”
The early months of Biden’s third White House bid were marked by uneven debate demonstrations and winding town halls in Iowa and New Hammershire. This uproar was caused by many stories about Biden’s gaffes and almost constant attacks on Trump’s behalf about Biden’s mental fitness.
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Since then, however, the former vice-president has drawn praise for both, for his performance against Sanders in March and for his speech at the recent Democratic National Convention.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.