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Ben Carson to Trump before first debate: Be yourself, don't get angry

FOX 11's Andrew LaCombe speaks with Ben Carson on Good Day Wisconsin, Sept. 20, 2016. (WLUK image)

(WLUK) -- With the first 2016 presidential debate less than a week away, Donald Trump supporter and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says Trump should stick to his values and not get angry while on stage with Hillary Clinton.

"I know firsthand how that works, and you have to stick to your values and principles and speak up for the things that got you to where you were," Carson said Tuesday in a Beyond the Podium interview on Good Day Wisconsin.

Click the play button on the image above to watch the interview.

The retired neurosurgeon also said he used to get angry and "go after people." Carson said he eventually learned that was a sign of weakness and not a sign of strength.

"If he can keep that in mind, I think he will be just fine," said Carson.

The 90-minute debate will begin at 8 p.m. central time Monday, Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. FOX 11 will air the debate live.

NBC's Lester Holt will be the moderator. According to the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, the topics for Monday are America's direction, achieving prosperity and securing America. The topics could change because of news developments.

The format calls for six 15-minute time segments. Two 15-minute segments will focus on each of the topics listed above. There are no commercial breaks during the debate.

FOX 11 is scheduled to speak with a Clinton supporter live on Good Day Wisconsin Thursday morning.

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