Longtime Clinton aide Reines playing Trump in mock debates: reports
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Reines began playing Trump in Clinton’s prep as soon as the July party conventions ended, the report said.
Michael Feldman, who worked with Reines on former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreKeith Olbermann signs new deal with ESPN Legendary speechwriter Richard N. Goodwin proved the power of words Can Trump beat the Nobel odds? MORE’s staff, told the Times he is a perfect fit to act as Trump. 
“As people have been trying to guess, they’ve been identifying characteristics, all of which he has: He’s smart, he’s quick on his feet, and he knows how to, and is not afraid to try, to push her buttons,” Feldman said.
The New York Times described Reines as “a deft practitioner of the combative, no-holds-barred politics that Mr. Trump favors.”
Clinton herself called him “passionate, loyal, and shrewd” in her 2014 memoir “Hard Choices,” adding that “I can always trust him to speak his mind.”
CNN reported later Saturday that Clinton is also being helped in her intensive debate prep by aides Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan and campaign chair John Podesta. Ron Klain, a former Obama adviser, and Clinton aide Karen Dunn are reportedly leading the sparring sessions.
The Hill reported this week that Clinton’s team is using several different people as Trump stand-ins in mock debates, as they try to prep for Trump’s unpredictable nature.
Trump is eschewing traditional debate preparations and does not have one specific person playing Clinton, according to multiple reports.
The vice presidential candidates have chosen stand-ins for their debate prep, according to reports last week.
And Kaine will have Robert Barnett, a Washington lawyer and longtime Clinton ally, playing Pence in his preparations.
The first presidential debate is Monday night at Hofstra University in New York. Two more follow in early October.
The sole vice presidential debate is Oct. 4.