Preparing for a presidential debate: How Biden and Trump approach their first face-off in four years

President Joe Biden is beginning an intense period of private preparations at Camp David for what could be the most consequential presidential debate in decades.

Biden's team expects aggressive attacks on his physical and mental strength, his record on the economy and immigration, and even his family.

Trump, 78 and always reliable, will stay on the campaign trail before heading to his Florida estate next week for two days of private meetings as part of an informal preparation process.

The ex-president's allies are pressing him to stay focused on his government plans, but expect him to be tested by pointed questions about his relentless focus on election fraud, his role in eroding abortion rights and his unprecedented legal baggage.

Analysts expect the debate, which will be broadcast on CNN, to be full of opportunities and the potential to reshape the presidential race.

Never before in the modern era have two presumptive candidates met on the debate stage so early in the general election season. Never before have two White House contenders faced off at such a young age, with widespread questions about their fitness.

Trump's team sees the showdown as an opportunity to show a stark contrast to Biden's leadership ability and governing record.

Trump is also making public appearances ahead of the debate, holding a rally in Philadelphia on Saturday and a campaign fundraiser in New Orleans on Monday before heading to his Florida estate for meetings.

The Biden camp knows Trump will likely focus on his son Hunter, as the then-president did on the debate stage four years ago.

Hunter Biden was recently convicted of three felonies related to acquiring a gun while allegedly under the influence of drugs.

Republicans also criticized Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings when Joe Biden was vice president.

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