(NEW YORK) — With the final presidential debate of the campaign just two days away, the candidates’ teams have been talking about how they’re approaching the big night.
Hillary Clinton continues to put serious amounts of time toward her debate prep, taking days off from the campaign trail, while Donald Trump and his team are stressing that his time is better spent talking to voters.
“He loves these forums,” Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said of the debates to CNN Monday morning. “He loves these debates because he’s the one out there every single day … talking to people at rallies, at forums.
“He’s not taking five days off the trail like she is. That’s her personal choice. I know scarcity is her strategy. The less people see her, the more they forget they don’t like her, they don’t trust her,” Conway added.
Monday will mark Clinton’s third day — not fifth — off the trail to prepare for the final debate.
Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director, said on Friday that they are aware that taking time off from the trail comes at a cost, but it is one they are willing to pay.
“We don’t like to have to take a lot of time off the trail to do that, but we have found that that is very worthwhile. This is the last one. We are hoping for another large audience and it’s her last time in front of the biggest audience and we want to make sure we’re back the best use of that,” Palmieri said of debate prep.
On top of having no campaign events scheduled this weekend or Monday, Clinton does not have any public events slated for tomorrow, meaning that she will have had four straight days of debate prep ahead of the Wednesday night showdown.
The final debate is being held at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and will be hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced that Wallace had selected debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots, and fitness to be president as the tentative topics of the debate.
Unlike the town hall format that the second debate took, Wednesday night’s debate will be held in the same way that the first debate of the general election was held — with six 15-minute segments focused on a specific topic.
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