Donald Trump talks debate attacks on Hillary Clinton with Bill O'Reilly

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Donald Trump gave the public a peek into how he plans to take on Hillary Clinton when they face off in the first presidential debate next week, promising to treat his opponent with respect – if she does the same.

Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday night that he has "absolutely no idea" if he is going to end up going after Clinton in a "very personal way" with below-the-belt attacks on issues like Bill Clinton's infidelities.

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"I think this, if she treats me with respect, I will treat her with respect," he said. "It really depends. People ask me that question, 'Oh, you are going to go out there and do this and that,' I really don't know that. ... I am going to treat her with respect, and I would like to start off by saying that because that would be my intention."

"I don't think I'm looking to do that, Bill – I don't know what I'm going to do exactly," he said. "You know, it depends on what level she hits you with. If it's fair, if it's unfair."

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Trump also continued his efforts to preemptively discredit the presidential debates' moderators, which he began last week by predicting he would be treated unfairly after NBC's Matt Lauer was harshly criticized for lobbing softballs at him during a "Commander-in-Chief" forum earlier this month.

While he said last week he'd like to have a debate with no moderator, he told O'Reilly on Monday that he has "respect for Lester" Holt of NBC, who will run the first debate on Monday. But he also said Holt is a Democrat and that it's a "very unfair system."

"They are gaming the system, like gaming the ref," Trump said. "They are also going after Lester. ... Lester is a professional. We will see what happens, I mean, I think it's unfair."

"Look, it's a phony system," he said. "Lester is a Democrat. I mean, they are all Democrats, OK?"

Trump said he is "not OK" with CNN's Anderson Cooper – who will moderate the second debate with ABC's Martha Raddatz – because Cooper is a Democrat who "treats me very unfairly at CNN ... they call it the Clinton news network."

But Trump deemed Chris Wallace of Fox News, who will helm the third debate, both "tough" and "fair."

​​"I have done a lot of work with Chris," Trump said, "and I have never had a problem with him."

O'Reilly wondered if Trump would allow himself to be baited by Clinton into saying something "explosive or controversial," and posited that she might bring up Trump's bad-mouthing of women, Muslims and Mexicans, and say Trump is not qualified to be president.

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Trump said he would be able to handle what Clinton might throw at him because he "went to the best school ... I was a very good student," and that he could focus on her "record, which is a disaster."

"And I can talk about her deleting emails after she gets a subpoena from Congress – lots of other things," Trump said. "I can talk about all she has done to help [the Islamic State group] to become the terror that they have become."

"She has got a lot of baggage," he continued. "She has been there a long time. And we need change in this country. I mean, she has been there, Bill, a long time. When I hear her talking about what she is planning to do, why hasn't she done it for the last 30 years?"

Clinton has been running ads against Trump that largely rely on the Republican nominee's own words disparaging various groups of people, including women, and has fundraised off his claim she is only competitive in the election because she has "played the woman card."

Trump, meanwhile, told O'Reilly "there is nobody that respects women more than Donald Trump – this I can tell you."

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