Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are going to face each other in the first presidential debate, which is going to take place on 26 September. And the subject they will discuss are now public.
The topics seem rather vague, and definitely safe. The three subjects are “America’s Direction”, “Achieving Prosperity” and “Securing America”.
Lester Holt of NBC News was to person who chose these particular subjects. During the debate, each candidate will have around 15 minutes to discuss each topic. The whole debate will take around 90 minutes, without commercial breaks. Lester Holt will also be moderating the event.
The other two presidential debates will take place on October 2 and October 19 respectively. No news yet on what these two other debates will focus on.
The Commission for Presidential Debates has also scheduled a vice-presidential debate. This will take place on October 4.
The first presidential debate will take place at Holstra University, on Long Island, NY. There are so many people who want to attend this even, that even the school president, Stuart Rabinowitz doesn’t have a ticket. He preferred to leave his spot for a student.
Some believe this will the most watched presidential debate in the history of this practice, with some people prepared to put money on it. At any rate, there are definitely a lot of expectations.
High Expectations for the First Presidential Debate
It will be the first time Clinton and Trump face each other as presidential candidates. The topics are broad, and Trump has already made some bold statements in for each during his campaign. It will be interesting to see how Clinton responds directly to Trump’s declarations.
It will also give voters a chance to finally see what public image Trump is going for. During his campaign, Trump started out as a rather radical conservative, making some pretty harsh promises. But during the last months, Trump seems to be trying to cast himself as a more moderate candidate. Audiences will be looking to see if he will continue to maintain this attitude during the debate, or whether he’ll try to create a contrast between himself and Clinton.
So far, Clinton and Trump have had wildly different approaches to reaching their voters. Clinton has constantly stuffed her speeches with numbers, studies and statistics, to appeal to a more intellectual audience, that values this kind of objective, number-based approach. Trump has been appealing more to the emotional side of his voters.
If the first ever presidential debate between Nixon and JFK is anything to go by, Trump may have an advantage. during the JFK-Nixon debate, it was JFK’s charm and personality that ultimately won him the debate. Nixon was not at all camera-friendly, and his stiff, wooden speech made him even less appealing. Especially when voters saw him next to the young, witty JFK.
Perhaps Trump doesn’t have JFK’s boyish charm, nor is Clinton as stiff as Nixon. But Trump’s larger-than-life personality is what gained him his support. Unlike Clinton, he’s banking on it to win the election. Clinton might be the more level-headed of the two, but she has not made any real effort to appeal to her voters.
On the other hand, perhaps seeing the two on stage, discussing the same topics in turn, will bring voters a new perspective on each candidate.
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