The Stage is Set for a Historic Presidential Debate in New York.
The first presidential debate will take place on Monday, September 26th at 6pm PST / 9pm EST.
The debate will be televised on every major news station which includes ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News and C-SPAN.
Americans are awaiting the beginning of the first in a series of three debates. The venue for this debate is Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and will involve the candidates running for President of the Unites States. This debate was originally supposed to be held at Wright State University in Ohio but they had to withdraw due to budgeting issues.
On one side of this debate will be Hillary Clinton, the Former Secretary of State and the nominee of the Democratic Party; and on the other side, there’s Donald Trump, who is the Republican candidate and a mega business tycoon.
What makes this debate historic
The 90-minute debate between the two “trumps” is set to happen on Monday and the expected audience is more than 100 million Americans and much more across the globe who are anticipating a historic debate that will hint towards what’s in store for this nation’s future. According to the insights shared by broadcasting networks in the US, it’s going to be one of the most watched debates in the history. The reason is quite straightforward: No one has witnessed such a dramatic and different presidential debate ever before (mostly thanks to Donald Trump).
The debate will feature six segments of 15 minutes each, with no commercial breaks.
It’s going to be highly unpredictable
Though it’s not easy to overlook the fact that history will be made when Clinton, the first woman to enter the presidential debate, will begin the debate. In other major debates in the history, the gender dynamics have swung against the male politician — more so when they have personally attacked the female opponent during the debate. Though initial polls are out and trends are being noticed in the numbers which show that the sentiments of the voters have been changing consistently over the last year, the results are still highly unpredictable.
Who’s disliked more: Clinton or Trump?
It could be surprising for many, Clinton and Trump are the two of the most disliked candidates for the presidential run in the entire history of US election polling. According to a recent national poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos, 58% of the likely voters dislike Trump, while 55% didn’t like Clinton.
Recent CBS News and New York Times polling has shown that popularity of both candidates is hindered by the lack of trust in public with both presidential candidates. This is explained by the fact that only 33% of Americans think Clinton is an honest and trustworthy candidate and 35% think the same of Trump.
What’s worth noting is that 57% of people responded with a disbelief in Clinton’s values, compared to 62% for Trump.
When understanding the psychology of the public that reflecting in the unofficial polls across the country, more people think that Clinton has the right personality and temperament required to become a good president, while there’s a notion that Trump has the odds in his favor when people want to select the candidate who they feel could bring about some “real” change in Washington.
Preparations are on
Before their first television appearance together, both the candidates will need to decide whether they want to just prosecute their opponent in the debate or come across as someone more likable by the nation’s audience.
Clinton is planning to spend most of her time this week in serious debate preparations with a limited circle of close aides at her home located in Chappaqua, New York. One of Clinton’s aides said she’s preparing for two kinds of scenarios: One scenario in which Trump makes inflammatory personal attacks, and another in which he’s actually serious and measured with his approach.
Supporters wait for the “action”
Chris Collins, a Republican US Representative from New York and a Trump supporter, claimed Trump is aware that he needs to present a presidential demeanor in front of the audience and would be well-prepared for the debate. In most of the past debates, debaters have been relatively mainstream politicians who were well-prepared. But there’s a consensus that how Trump handles the debate could be quite different from what people are expecting from him. Perhaps by just appearing like an “ordinary” candidate, he could stand a decent chance to win over many reluctant voters.
On the other hand, it could also turn out that voters begin to view him as a highly unprepared and unlikely candidate for the presidential race. More so if Trump hurls personal accusations and insults that the public expects from him, which could make the debate a decisive one. A former Republican congressman from NY, Rick Lazio, found Clinton to be a tough opponent for him in a U.S. Senate debate back in the year 2000. He was regarded as a bully and lost not just the debate but the election as well, which means Trump might need to handle Clinton carefully or the odds could possibly turn against him.
Full Presidential Debate Schedule
Monday, September 26th – First Presidential Debate
Tuesday, October 4th – Vice Presidential Debate
Sunday, October 9th – Second Presidential Debate
Wednesday, October 19th – Third Presidential Debate