House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gave Democratic White House nominee Joe Biden some advice in the run-up to the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio — and she set some pretty lofty expectations.
“Be yourself,” the veteran California congresswoman said in some final words to Biden just hours ahead of Tuesday night’s debate, Fox News reported. “Save the planet,” she added.
Speaking in an interview with MSNBC, Pelosi didn’t go into detail regarding how the former vice president could rescue the world during the course of his debate performance, and instead simply predicted that Biden would “be excellent,” according to Fox.
Pelosi attacks Trump
Leading up to the debate this week, the House speaker cast aspersions on President Donald Trump’s character as well as his commitment to respecting the Constitution.
“I just think that the president has no fidelity to fact or truth and, actually in his comments the last few days, no fidelity to the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi told CBS News’ Gayle King on Friday, according to Fox.
Fox further noted that Pelosi had advised the former vice president not to bother showing up, arguing that participating in a debate with Trump would confer legitimacy on him.
“I don’t think that there should be any debates,” she told reporters during an Aug. 27 press conference, adding that it would provide Trump with an opportunity to “belittle” and engage in “skullduggery.”
“I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him, nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States,” the San Francisco Democrat contended. “Now I know that the Biden campaign thinks in a different way about this.”
Telemundo viewers: Trump won debate
Tuesday’s debate lasted for just over an hour and a half, and polling data regarding who viewers perceived to be the winner seems to be mixed.
According to CBS News, 48% of those who watched felt that Biden come out on top, while 41% said the president won. Ten percent said that debate was a tie.
That margin is somewhat reflective of national polls on the candidates, CBS noted.
However, the Spanish language network Telemundo published very different results, with 66% of its viewers believing that Trump had the better performance, according to Newsweek. It remains to be seen whether that will end up benefitting the incumbent president at the ballot box this November.