Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday night that he is eager to debate President Donald Trump, who has continued to make unfounded claims about the former vice president’s mental fitness.
“I am eager to come to the debate stage with Trump and hold him accountable. I think I know how to handle the bullion – we’ll know, “Biden said in a campaign fundraiser.
Biden said his debate strategy included focusing on the facts, clarifying his agenda to voters and pointing out the promises made by Trump, but failed to deliver. He said he does not want to see a shouting match with Trump.
“I hope I didn’t get caught up in a dispute with this guy,” Biden said. “It’s going to be tough because I think he’s going to shout.” Biden said that “a lot I can say” was about his strategy but refused to disclose the remainder of his game plan.
This is the most direct response to Biden’s week before the much anticipated debate, which took place on September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio. “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace will moderate the primetime 90-minute event.
Trump and his re-election campaign have also made unfounded claims about the mental acuity of Biden, who went beyond a severe stutter as a child, to suggest a subdued performance. The campaign has also produced advertisements aimed at questioning Biden’s fitness. In March, Biden pushed back those claims, telling the Columbus Dispatch, “My mental acuity is fine.”
Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Biden’s running mate, also said that he is preparing for his debate with Vice President Mike Pence at Tuesday’s fundraising event, which is scheduled to take place on October 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. That one-time show is hosted by Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page for USA Today.
The former prosecutor said, “I have a very different vision for Mike Pence and my country, known for its sharp, direct questions.” We see this as the right path for our country. And, you know, I will do it honorably, but I will also tell the truth and tell where this administration has done untruth and lies. “
At a rally in Michigan on Thursday, Trump struck another hard blow at Biden, calling him “the worst presidential candidate in the history of presidential politics.”
“Can you think that I lost to him?” Trump asked the crowd. “Don’t do this for me, Michigan.”