The “battle” is all in the minds of MSM. They would like nothing better than an imbroglio between the contenders. GOP gains by avoiding a fight and instead pursue a strategy of positive push for your candidate without violating the 11th commandment.
I wish some of the political neophytes around here were more familiar with Reagan's 11th Commandment. Nothing good comes from tearing down the other folks on your team. Make the case for your candidate.