House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump needs to practice his debate skills if he is going to come out ahead in Monday’s debate against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Ryan who debated Vice President Joe Biden in the 2012 vice presidential debate advised that the billionaire do all he can to prepare before going up against his seasoned opponent.
“This is new for Donald, so I think he should obviously overprepare for it,” the Wisconsin Republican said during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Ryan emphasized the need to lay out clear policy goals and offer an alternative to his Democratic challenger.
“And the thing I believe — and, obviously, I prepared for these myself — you have to offer the country a vision, go on offense, prosecute your case, hold your opponent accountable, then show the country the direction you want to go, and prepare, prepare, prepare,” he said. “And I hope he’s doing that.”
It’s unclear whether Trump will take the advice, who has stated in the past he prefers a less structured approach.
“I believe you can prep too much for those things,” he told The New York Times in August. “It can be dangerous. You can sound scripted or phony — like you’re trying to be someone you’re not.”
Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, assured on the same program he believes Trump is more than prepared to take on Clinton.
“Well, I think Donald Trump has been preparing for this debate for his entire lifetime,” he said. “He’s built a great business. He’s traveled the country, and particularly in this campaign, John, as you saw last night in Roanoke, Virginia, Donald Trump has been out among the American people. I think he’s given voice to the frustrations and aspirations of the American people like no American leader in my lifetime since Ronald Reagan.”
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