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LESTOR HOLT ANNOUNCES TOPICS FOR FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
The first presidential debate is scheduled for Monday Sept. 26 and today, Lester Holt, moderator of the debate, announced his selected topics.
- America’s Direction (Economy)
- Achieving Prosperity (Economy and recovery)
- Securing America (National security)
According to the Commission on Presidential Debate website, the debate will be held on Monday, September 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The format calls for six 15-minute time segments. Two 15-minute segments will focus on each of the topics listed above.
All debates start at 9:00 p.m. ET and run for 90 minutes without commercial interruption.
Holt will be under a lot of pressure to control the high-stakes debate viewed as make-or-break moments by both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The bar is a little lower for Trump, as long as he makes it to the end of the debate without losing his cool he will be considered to have had a great day. Clinton is expected to demonstrate expertise and knowledge on the subjects. And because of the recent video where she appeared to collapse while coming out the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and because Trump and his campaign have raised questions about her stamina and health, many eyes will be on her to see if she can make it through the event without showing any signs of ill health.
Holt will also have another weight weighing on his shoulder after few moderator Fox’s Chris Wallace said it’s not the role of moderators to fact-check the candidates. This assertion was met with fury by the public who are upset with the media for not holding Trump, a habitual liar, accountable. Eyes will be on Holt to see if he corners Trump on some his lies, such as he has always been against the war in Iraq and Clinton started the birther movement. But with the tension swirling around the two campaigns, Holt may not need to worry as Clinton is expected to use this opportunity to expose Trump as an ignoramus.
Since it will just be two of them on stage, with 90 minutes to kill, Trump, the master of changing the subject, will have to work much harder to employ his art of strategic maneuver, ad hominens and poisoning the well fallacies to win.
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