How best to prepare for a debate with Donald Trump? In the lead-up to the first one on September 26, Hillary Clinton said she was ready for whatever Trump might throw her way.
"I am going to do my very best to communicate as clearly and fearlessly as I can in the face of the insults and the attacks and the bullying and bigotry that we've seen coming from my opponent," Clinton said, "I can take that kind of stuff. I've been at this. And I understand it's a contact sport."
And she mostly handled herself well in that first debate, despite seeming a little unsure and overly scripted in the beginning. For the most part, she remained calm and dignified in the face of a man who was anything but.
According to CNN, longtime confidant Philippe Reines played Trump in debate preparations because of his combative personal style. "He enjoys the kind of rough and tumble politics that Donald Trump enjoys," said CNN Politics Producer Dan Merica. "He has the ability to get under her skin like Donald Trump is going to try to do,"
But I wonder if someone like Zach Galifianakis actually gave her more insight into what she could expect from Trump onstage. A few days before the debate this interview between Galifianakis and Clinton was posted online.
During that interview, she had to field questions like:
"As secretary how many words could you type? And how does President Obama like his coffee? Like himself...weak."
"What happens if you become pregnant? Are we stuck with Tim Kaine for nine months?"
At the end of the interview, after playing an ad by a special show sponsor, Galifianakis says, "This has been a lot of fun, Mrs. Clinton. We should stay in touch. What's the best way to reach you? E-mail?
As you prepare for tonight's debate, watch how Clinton handles him with a wry, understated sense of humor that would serve her well in tonight's debate with Trump: