JOE Biden must rise above Donald Trump's "bully boy tactics" in the live presidential debate next week, a Democrat has insisted.
Party members are worried that Trump's unconventional debating style could provoke a similar response from their nominee.
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And despite his strong poll lead, many think "stooping to the president's level" will turn voters off and jeopardize his healthy poll lead.
The news comes just days after Trump said he thought that his opponent would probably win their debate.
"He's been doing it for 47 years. I've been doing it for three and a half years, so he should be able to beat me I would think, he's much more experienced," the president said at his rally in Dayton, Ohio on Monday.
But some Democrats have viewed his comments as part of a strategy to lull his rival into a false sense of security – before attacking him in the debate with lies to win over undecided voters.
Speaking ahead of the debate, Democrat Kelly Hyman said she and many in the party want Biden to keep his dignity and not employ "Trump's dirty tactics."
The actress-turned-lawyer said: "The issue with Trump is that he will not follow any rules of a debate. He constantly lies and tries to bully opponents to make them look weak.
"There's no doubt that Trump’s been playing mind games before next week’s debate. He wants to drag Biden down to his level."
Hyman believes the tactics are "all part of the president's plan" that Biden needs to be aware of.
"His campaign has gone disastrously so far but he knows that polls can change overnight and there’s still time for him to make up lost ground," she added.
"Biden can't forget this and when Trump starts sticking the knife in he can't fight fire with fire. This will just make him look weak and unpresidential – he’s got to rise above it and be the adult in the room. Biden needs to keep his composure."
She went on to insist that if voters see the pair engage in an argument it will "benefit no one."
"It's no secret that Trump's presidency has been a disaster. But his greatest strength is appealing to people's emotions – fear. And it works. He succeeded in getting lots of people to vote Republican four years ago who never had before.
"If Biden lets him bully and constantly interrupt him, he'll look weak and indecisive. If that happens then those voters could stay with Trump and give him another four years.
"Biden can't let that happen – and can't stoop to his level – as tempting as it might be at times."
The Democrat continued to say that Biden has to "be on his A game and make no slip ups," that he has been pulled up on numerous times in the previous weeks.
Biden made a notable gaffe on Monday and messed up the words to the Pledge of Allegiance.
During a campaign speech in Wisconsin, the presidential hopeful attempted to bash Trump.
His bash was shortly followed by a botched attempt of the Pledge of Allegiance.
"I don't pledge allegiance to red states of America or blue states of America," Biden said. "I pledge allegiance to the United States of America. One nation, indivisible, under God. For real."
"I'm running as a proud Democrat, but I'm not going to govern as a Democratic president, I'm going to govern as president."
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