Will real estate magnate and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump be able to ridicule his opponent and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in tonight’s presidential debate? The debate is set to begin within a few hours’ time and we don’t really need to speculate much, nonetheless there are reasons to believe that it is not going to be the case.
Hillary Clinton is among the best debaters in the world of diplomacy at the moment and has shown on many occasions as to how she can counter a very effective attack. Her debates against Bernie Sanders have done a lot of good to her skill as he tried to rip her apart in the initial phase of the election campaign. Now he is on her side and has promised his complete support to her.
On the other hand, aggression is going to be the biggest weapon in the hands of billionaire businessman Donald Trump. He will be his most aggressive self but it may not be that effective as it was against his competitors in the primary season. His opponents were of not the caliber of Hillary, nonetheless aggressive stance may pay some dividends if she loses cool. You lose the cool, you lose the whole debate. There is no doubt about it.
It wouldn’t be less than a smackdown. USA Today, which has details such as viewing tips, nicknames the event being held at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on Long Island “Smackdown at the Mack.” It starts at 9pm EDT and will last 90 minutes. The Boston Globe looks at what makes this debate different from any other. Among other things, it involves a woman versus a man for the first time, and it features two of the most disliked candidates in American history.
Given the importance of the debate, the entire media seems to be talking about it and nothing else. The Washington Post’s debate preview looks at Clinton’s preparations—sources say there has been a lot of focus on Trump’s personality—and notes that much will depend on whether the “freewheeling showman” Trump shows up or the “sober and scripted” version. Either way, this will be his first one-on-one debate.
How to watch:
When: 9 pm Eastern
Where: Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
TV: CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, PBS, Univision, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, etc.
Online: A live stream will be available at debates.twitter.com.