On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take the stage for the first of three Presidential debates.
These things are always a spectacle, but the first one between Hillary and Trump is expected to be the most-watched debate in history. And it’ll likely be the strangest, too, since a man who isn’t qualified to be President is participating.
Here are five things to watch for…
Will Trump be able to keep himself in check?
In the Republican debates during primary season, Trump often flew off the handle. Among his debate highlights were discussing the size of his penis, belittling the other candidates with nicknames such as “little Marco” and going at it with the moderators. Trump has a tendency to get defensive and lash out when he’s attacked, so this should be quite entertaining if Hillary approaches this properly.
- Will Hillary be aggressive, especially when questioning Trump’s credentials?
One of the latest efforts of the Clinton campaign has been an extra emphasis on how dangerous Trump is, and that needs to continue during the debate. Barack Obama had a poor performance during his first debate against Mitt Romney in 2012, and Hillary – who is coming off a week where she had pneumonia and the media went into a frenzy – can’t afford the same. She needs to hammer at Trump every chance she gets.
Will the topics play to the strength of a particular candidate?
The topics that will be discussed during the 90-minute debate are “achieving prosperity,” “securing America” and “America’s direction.” Since Trump has absolutely no credentials regarding domestic policy or foreign policy, you can’t say he has an edge as far as talking about prosperity or the direction of America. As far as Hillary, most Republicans are still hung up on the Benghazi situation and completely ignore that she was in the Situation Room when Osama Bin Laden was killed. So, she probably won’t have an edge in the eyes of voters when it comes to “keeping America safe.”
Will Trump be graded on a curve?
Hillary might be the most prepared candidate ever in terms of her ability to govern from Day One, and Trump is someone who has many in his own party and most sane people overall scared to death over his potential Presidency. So naturally, anything short of a thrashing of Trump by Hillary might be graded on a curve. And that’s something the Clinton camp sees as unfair – and rightfully so. The media – even left-leaning MSNBC – has hinted that anything short of disaster for Trump would be a ‘win.’ So this is something to keep an eye on.
Will Trump be able to coherently respond to Hillary’s points?
No. And it probably won’t matter. Trump has done about two dozen things that would’ve ended the candidacy of anyone else who was running. His not being able to cogently debate someone who’s actually qualified for the job won’t scare off anyone who’s already committed to him. But this is where we come back to the second thing to watch for – Hillary’s aggressiveness. If she comes out swinging and is relentless, that should be enough to convince anyone leaning toward her to fall in line. And while Trump’s incoherent bombast will lead to him keeping the followers he has, it won’t be enough to overtake Hillary.
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