How Clinton plans to ‘get under Trump’s skin’ in tonight’s debate

Daily News Article   —   Posted on September 26, 2016

(by Nick Allen, London’s Daily Telegraph) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hillary Clinton plans to “get under Donald Trump’s skin” and provoke him into losing his temper in front of 100 million people at the first US presidential debate, but experts warned the strategy could backfire if she descends to her opponent’s level.

Rather than focusing on policy Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has decided to turn the epic showdown on Monday night into a referendum on Mr. Trump’s temperament and character, hoping to goad him into an outburst that will make him look “unhinged,” her allies said.

Any wild reaction by the Republican nominee, who has a history of responding explosively to perceived slights, would be used by Democrats to show he is too volatile to be put in charge of America’s nuclear arsenal.

As details of Mrs Clinton’s strategy leaked Mr Trump vowed he would not take the bait, and would “stay cool” during the clash at New York’s Hofstra University.

Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House Speaker who is helping Mr Trump prepare for the debate, said: “He cannot let Hillary get under his skin.”

Mrs Clinton’s plan includes trying to rile Mr Trump with taunts that he is not worth as much money as he claims, and that he is a liar, xenophobe, and sexist bully.

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