Both Clinton and Trump have been preparing for the debate. While neither campaign is saying much about how they’ve been doing that, it’s become clear their methods are as different as the candidates themselves.
Clinton has said she’s been “doing her homework.” The Democratic nominee has no more campaign events scheduled before the debate. Her campaign schedule has been purposefully light this week so she has time to prepare, according to Jennifer Palmieri, director of communications for the Clinton campaign.
For her prep sessions, Clinton has reportedly surrounded herself with a team of strategists, including Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and Karen Dunn, a Clinton adviser and former White House aide, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Several media and communications specialists for the Clinton campaign are also participating in the prep work, according to the Journal, including Palmieri, Jim Margolis, Mandy Grunwald, and campaign chairman John Podesta.
Clinton has been also been reviewing materials daily and rehearsing regularly, Palmieri told reporters on Wednesday. She has been watching video of Trump’s performance in the primary debates and reviewing briefing books of his proposed policies and his personality traits, according to CNN.
Typically, presidential campaigns have someone play the part of the candidate’s opponent to prepare for the debates. The Clinton campaign has not revealed who her sparring partner is.
The main challenge, Palmieri said, isn’t that Clinton won’t be prepared to talk policy. It’s preparing for the “different Trumps” that might show up, she said, referring to whether the Republican nominee will be laid back or aggressive.
Clinton, it seems, is preparing for the latter.