Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday called President Trump “stupid” for his comments on the candidate’s mental acuity and unfounded claims that Biden is taking performance-enhancing drugs, as some experts warn that Trump could lower expectations of his opponent in the EU The first debate will take place later this month.
“I’m looking forward to the debate and he’s a fool,” Biden said in an interview with WFLA 8. “The comments are just stupid. Get ready, Mr. President, here I come.”
Biden laughed when the WFLA 8 reporter started asking the question, referring to allegations Trump made that Biden was “mentally shot,”
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Speaking to Fox & Friends, Trump was asked what challenges he thought a debate with political veteran Biden might pose, and Trump said he had an improvement on Biden between earlier debates in the Democratic presidential primary and later debates between Just notes he and Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
Trump then said “something was strange in my opinion” and added, “You can’t do that.”
After a brief backlash from the show’s hosts, Trump said he believed Biden was taking something to give him “mental clarity” and then said, “I think he should take a drug test.” Host Brian Kilmeade later said he didn’t think Biden was taking any performance-enhancing drugs.
Some have warned that Trump’s consistent message that Biden will be “shot” could lower expectations of Biden’s debating performance, meaning that if Biden simply put together a usable show it could largely be seen as an asset to the former vice president.
But the Trump campaign appears to have made at least some effort to raise expectations of Biden as the first debate, slated for September 29, approaches.
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“Joe Biden is actually a very good debater. He doesn’t have as many gaffes as he does in his daily interviews,” Trump campaign senior advisor Jason Miller told the Washington Post earlier this month. “I would argue that Joe Biden would even be the favorite in the debates since he’s been doing them for 47 years.”
The debates could become oversized in the coronavirus era, as candidates are largely prevented from holding large personal rallies – despite Trump holding an indoor rally in Nevada over the weekend.
The Presidential Debate Commission has also scheduled a Vice Presidents Forum on October 7th and two additional Presidential Debates on October 15th and 22nd. Election day is November 3rd.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.