Biden on debates with Trump: 'I know how to handle bullies'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden taps California workplace safety leader to head up OSHA Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS US mulling cash payments to help curb migration MORE on Thursday said he is eager to debate President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE, who has frequently attacked the former vice president by questioning his cognitive abilities. 

“I’m looking forward to getting on the debate stage with Trump and holding him accountable. I think I know how to handle bullies — we’ll find out,” Biden said at a campaign fundraiser, according to NBC News.

The first of three presidential debates is slated for Sept. 29 in Cleveland.


“I hope I don’t get baited into getting into a brawl with this guy,” Biden said. “It’s going to be hard because I predict he’s going to be shouting."

Biden told NBC that there’s “a lot more I can say” about his strategy going into the debate but declined to disclose the rest.

Trump lashed out at Biden while speaking at a rally in Michigan on Thursday night, saying that the former vice president was "the worst presidential candidate" in history.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis White House unveils official portraits of Biden and Harris MORE (D-Calif.), Biden’s running mate, said at the same fundraiser that she too looks forward to debating Vice President Pence in October. Harris, a former prosecutor, has a reputation for performing well in debates. 

Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes Overnight Energy: EPA pledges new focus on environmental justice | Republicans probe EPA firing of Trump-appointed science advisers | Biden administration asks court to toss kids' climate lawsuit Pence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster MORE and I have very different visions for our country," Harris said. "And I am looking forward to being able to talk with him and the American people and make our case about what we see as the right path forward for our country. And, you know, I will do it in a respectful way, but I will also speak truth and point out where there have been untruths and lies from this administration.”