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Christie says people shouldn't bet on strong Biden debate performance

Christie says people shouldn't bet on strong Biden debate performance
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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) warned supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE that they shouldn't bet that he'll have a good debate performance, saying he was "average at best" during the Democratic primary.

Christie, an ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE's, also criticized Biden for largely avoiding press conferences since taking the nomination. Biden has held just just three press conferences in 165 days.

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"He's literally doing nothing. I understand why. It's working for him," Christie told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

"The real danger here for the Biden campaign now is, as he continues to do less and less and less ... it’s going to increase the importance of these debates tenfold,” Christie said. “If I were a Joe Biden supporter, I wouldn’t want to be putting all my money on the past line on Joe Biden’s debate performances.”

"Look at his debate performances in 2020," he said. "They were average at best, and some debates, much lower than average.”

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“If I were a Biden supporter, the fact he’s not out there doing much right now wouldn’t make me feel really good about the fact that his performance is going to markedly change,” Christie later added.

The first debate between Trump and Biden will take place in Cleveland on Sept. 29, with "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBiden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic Anti-Defamation League criticizes White House appointee 'who has consorted with racists' MORE moderating.

The two will debate twice more after that, according to the current schedule, on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22.

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