Pelosi Gives Biden Debate Advice: ‘Be Yourself, Save the Planet’

By Craig Bannister | September 29, 2020 | 2:32pm EDT
House Speaker Pelosi
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“Just be you,” is the advice House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has for Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden as he enters into his first debate with President Donald Trump. That, and "Save the planet."

“What would you advise Joe Biden to do or not do ahead of the debate tonight in Cleveland?” Pelosi was asked Tuesday morning in an interview on MSNBC.

“We’re so proud of him,” Pelosi first declared. She then provided her “Just be you” advice for Biden on how he should debate issues affecting Americans’ “kitchen table concerns”:

“I always just say to him, ‘Just be you, just show your authenticity, your sincerity, your vision for America, your knowledge of the issues, your strategic thinking about how you're going to get things done for America's working families and your direct connection to their kitchen table concerns about health care and job security and the education of their children, pension security for their seniors.’ 

“He has a knowledge of government and our political process that will enable him to get the job done.  He's enormously qualified, and I just want his authenticity and his sincerity and his connection to America's working families to come through.  I'm sure it will.  I'm very excited about the debate.”

Pelosi also advised Biden to bring up the issue of climate change, even though it wasn’t selected as a debate topic “by whomever determines these things”:

“I just hope that they bring up subjects of concern.  Like I'm surprised that it wasn't determined, by whomever determines these things, that they be talking about the climate issue.  It's a health issue, a pollution issue.  It's a jobs issue.  It's a national security issue, and it's a values issue.  It's a challenge to this generation and multi-generations who are serving now and who are living now. 

“So, I would hope – I know Joe Biden will take – he passed one of the first bills in the history of the Congress on climate many years ago.  So, I'm hoping in the course of the debate, it will enable him, and I'm sure it will, to talk about that issue.  If you're asking me what advice: be yourself, save the planet.”

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