NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign.
Some advisers are urging President Trump to trade his aggressive demeanor from the first debate for a lower-key style that puts Biden more squarely in the spotlight.
Biden expects Trump to get intensely personal. The former vice president and his inner circle see the approach as an effort to distract from the coronavirus and its economic fallout.
With less than two weeks until Election Day, Biden is leading most national polls and has a narrower advantage in the battleground states that could decide the race. More than 42 million people have already cast their ballots.
The debate, moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker, is a final chance for both men to make their case to a television audience of tens of millions of voters.