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Obama's debate advice to Hillary Clinton: Be yourself

President Obama has simple advice for Hillary Clinton ahead of Monday night's presidential debate.

"Be yourself and explain what motivates you," he told ABC's Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" on Friday.

"I’ve gotten to know Hillary and seen her work, seen her in tough times and in good times. She’s in this for the right reasons," he added.

The president knows firsthand what a formidable adversary Clinton can be on the debate stage, having faced off with her during the 2008 primaries, many times one-on-one.

"She beat me at least the first half, and then I just barely could play her to a draw," Obama said in July when he joined Clinton for the first time on the campaign trail. "I always had to be on my game because she knew every fact and she knew every detail."

But in the ABC interview, Obama commented again on what he sees as a hidden factor holding Clinton back in the race.

"There’s a reason why we haven’t had a woman president before, so she’s having to break down some barriers," he said. "There’s a level of mistrust and a caricature of her that just doesn’t jive with who I know -- this person who cares deeply about kids."

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