“He’s ready. One of the things I’m excited for is when the American people see Joe Biden up there on that stage,” Jill Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a one-on-one interview that aired Sunday on “State of the Union.” “They’re going to see what a president looks like. You know, someone who is, like I’m saying, calm, steady, strong, resilient.”
“So I can’t wait for the American people to see Joe, to see that statesman up there in front of the American public,” she said.
Bob Bauer, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign and former White House counsel in the Obama administration, has played Trump in a mock debate session Biden has held ahead of Tuesday night’s debate, a source familiar with the preparations confirms.
Biden’s early debate preparations focused on reading briefing books and holding smaller prep sessions with policy aides, people familiar with his preparations said. He typically prefers having aides pepper him with questions in rapid-fire form over conducting full mock debates, those people said.
Trump, according to a source familiar with his debate preparations, is studying expected attacks from Biden.
“Donald Trump looks at Joe and says, ‘Oh my God, you know like, there’s my competition, what can I think up to distract people?’ And that’s all he’s trying to do, but Joe’s tough,” she said.
“This is Donald Trump’s America. This is the chaos and, you know, just going off the cuff with this comment or that comment. No, we go back to Joe Biden. We have calm, we have steady leadership, we don’t have all this chaos in America,” she said.
Jill Biden told Tapper that it “took a lot of courage” for Cindy McCain to support her husband since she is part of the Republican Party.
“Joe and John would argue about issues and they would see things totally differently. But at the end of the day, there we would be together having dinner or going on a trip together or whatever it was,” Jill Biden said of her family and the McCains.
“I mean there was true civility in government. And that’s what I think we should return to,” she added.
This story has been updated with additional reporting.
CNN’s Dan Merica, Eric Bradner, MJ Lee, Arlette Saenz and Kylie Atwood contributed to this story.