1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"(Reporter: Mr. President, what do you expect out of the debate tonight?)
Well, it's too bad. I'm going to miss it. I'm going to have to have it somehow taped. I didn't even tell him about that. So, maybe it's not that important but it is important. Look, it's gonna be very interesting. I look forward to going home I'm going to have to watch it as a rerun, because many of you are coming to Baltimore with me. I don't expect too much difference. I mean you have three people that are leading. I sort of think that those three people are going to take it to the end. It's going to be one of those three, I think. But you never know in politics do we? You know better than I. You never know in politics.
(Reporter: Out of those three, who do you think your strongest opponent is?)
I think, you know look, they all have their weaknesses and their strengths. I think that they're very different. You certainly have a lot of different voices up there. But I would look to me like it would be Elizabeth Warren and it looks like Joe (Biden) maybe will be able to get there, maybe not. I don't know. And certainly Bernie (Sanders) is there. He's number three. But I think that because they are so far in the lead, the three of them and if you remember I'm sure you forget my Republican primaries, but I went to the lead at the very beginning and stayed there. It's you know, you know, if you don't make a really major mistake ... he should be able to make it. I would imagine Biden would be able to make it if he doesn't make any major mistakes. We'll see..."
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"(Reporter: Are there any Democrats debating tonight that you absolutely respect?)
"I respect all of them. (All of them?) I respect every one. Let me tell you it takes a lot of courage to run for office. I respect all of them. See that? I'm getting to be much better as a politician. You never thought you'd hear that answer."