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The Biden campaign co-chairman indicates that the president will bring up Trump’s conviction during the debate

President Joe BidenCampaign co-chairman Mitch Landrieu hinted Sunday that Biden will hit the former president Donald Trump about his legal troubles during Thursday’s presidential debate in Atlanta.

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Landrieu said, “It doesn’t really matter how Donald Trump appears if he comes in unhinged, as is usually the case, or if he sits there and is silent.” People will know that he is a convicted felon who has been impeached twice and has been found to have defamed someone, sexually assaulted someone and bankrupted six times.”

Guest moderator Peter Alexander brought up a new Biden campaign ad that calls Trump “a convicted criminal,” and asked Landrieu whether that line of attack would make it to the debate stage on Thursday.

“I’ll let the president say what he’s going to say, but the fact is that sometimes the sky is blue and Donald Trump is a convicted felon,” Landrieu said.

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In May, a jury in New York found Trump guilty of 34 crimes for falsifying corporate records in New York. Juries also found Trump liable for sexually assaulting and defaming writer E. Jean Carroll.

Meanwhile, the governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem and Florida Rep. Byron Donalds – both Republicans said to have been on Trump’s running mate shortlist at one point – offered their own advice to the former president ahead of the debate.

“I think what you’re going to see is clearly that the CNN moderator is going to try to do everything he can to go after President Trump, to try to get under his skin. I think President Trump is going to focus everything back on the terrible Biden agenda,” Donalds told Fox News on Sunday.

“I don’t think he needs to talk about getting personal in this debate at all because he will have so many good things to talk about, unlike Joe Biden’s policies… [which] have just been devastating for the families that live here in this country,” Noem told “Meet the Press.”

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“That’s really what I think President Trump wants to focus on,” she added.

Last week, Biden campaign officials told NBC News that the president would focus the debate on clarifying Trump’s positions on reproductive rights and tax benefits.

“Donald Trump wakes up every day thinking about himself, thinking about his rich friends, and then really thinking about ways to hurt people with the power he would have if he were president of the United States again,” Landrieu said Sunday. and added, “And I think the president wants to be very clear about the difference between the two.”

The two campaigns had less than two months to prepare for this week’s debate after the date was announced last month. Biden has been meeting with top advisers at Camp David in Maryland to prepare, while Trump is attending more informal policy sessions with his team – including those said to be on his vice-presidential shortlist.

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Thursday is the first two of the two debates the campaigns agreed to; Trump and Biden will also face each other in September.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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