Kruly: Candidates May Benefit Focusing on Themselves During Debate

Questions about Trump, Biden will eventually come up, says political analyst

Tom Puckett
June 26, 2019 - 4:00 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Over the next two nights, 20 Democrats will take the stage in Miami for the first of the presidential debates. Will there be attacks on President Trump, or each other?

"Inevitably, questions will come up about Trump, and some of them will get into it," says Ken Kruly of Politics and Other Stuff. But he believes it may be better for the candidates to promote themselves. "Many of them have elaborate programs laid out, and they're going to want to take the time to promote themselves, so attacking Trump or Biden just takes away from promoting themselves," says Kruly, who notes each candidate will have roughly 7-8 minutes of time each.

He says the risk doesn't equal the reward of going after Trump or Joe Biden. "In a field as crowded as it is, just being known as someone who went after Biden or Trump isn't probably going to get them too far. That could damage their presidencies if they spend too much time going into that rather than talking about health care, education or things that are more important," says Kruly. But Kruly admits it will be tempting with generational issues, and issues about Biden and his working relationship with segregationists in the past.

Debates begin tonight and tomorrow. 

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