Both leaders spoke with Today this morning, the day after Mr Morrison called the federal election for May 21 and kicked off the official election campaign.
Amid a barrage of electioneering, they both faced some tough questions.
“We had the Prime Minister on the show a little while ago. He reckon you can’t manage money and no-one knows you or your team,” host Ally Langdon said to Mr Albanese.
The Labor leader denied both claims, saying he was confident Today viewers were familiar with him.
“I have been in public life a long time, they know my back story as well,” he said.
“I am the son of a single mum who grew up in public housing. No-one gave me a leg up in life, but my mother wanted a better life for me than she endured, as an invalid pensioner.”
Mr Albanese also said he wasn’t surprised Mr Morrison had pulled ahead as preferred prime minister in a recent poll, despite a rash of recent attacks on Mr Morrison’s character from within his own party.
“He is the Prime Minister, Ally, that is what happens,” Mr Albanese said.
Mr Morrison had earlier on the show addressed the topic of the debate around his personality and conduct.
“If this election is based on character – which is are a pretty easy task for Labor – you lose, don’t you?” host Karl Stefanovic said, clarifying later that he referred to Mr Morrison as an individual.
“My character, I’m happy to stand by every single day. Every single day because it’s the strength that we’ve needed to get through this pandemic,” Mr Morrison said.
“Not everybody agrees with everything I’ve done and not everybody will necessarily like me but what they will know is that when we face this crisis we ploughed through with the right plan to keep our economy strong, to save lives, to stand up to the threats in our region.”
Mr Morrison’ also confirmed that under-fire former Education Minister Alan Tudge remained a member of his Cabinet despite standing aside from his ministerial role.
Mr Tudge stepped down as Education Minister in December after he was accused of physical and emotional abuse by a former staffer.
He has denied the allegations and remains on the backbench.
“He stood aside and we had that inquiry and it was found there was nothing there which would prevent him continuing on as a minister,” Mr Morrison said.
“He’s decided to stay aside for health and family reasons until the next election and if he wishes to rejoin the Cabinet he will be welcome. He’s technically still part of the Cabinet.”
Mr Morrison also confirmed he would name a replacement for outgoing Health Minister Greg Hunt this weekend.