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How Trump, Biden are preparing for first presidential debate

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Posted at 1:06 AM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 01:06:33-04

WASHINGTON — Ahead of the first debate-stage matchup between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, each campaign is promising a stark contrast in policy, personality and preparation.

Trump has decided to skip any formal preparation.

And while Biden’s team believes the significance of Tuesday’s prime-time affair may be exaggerated, the former vice president has been aggressively preparing to take on the Republican president.

Biden’s campaign has been holding mock debate sessions featuring Bob Bauer, a senior Biden adviser and former White House general counsel, playing the role of Trump.

Bauer has not actually donned a Trump costume in line with Trump stand-ins from previous years, but he is representing the Republican president’s style and expected strategy.