The first of the three presidential debates between nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the buildup to the 2016 presidential elections will be held on Monday.
The nominees will meet one-on-one at the Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The event will start at 9 p.m. and will be covered by all major television networks.
Monday’s presidential debate comes amid tight contest between the former secretary of state and the business mogul.
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According to FOX News, at the presidential level Clinton exceeds in experience – having debated 30 times, which have included one-on-one debates with President Barack Obama in 2008 and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders this year. Nevertheless, Monday night will mark her first presidential debate against a contender from the opposing party.
“It’s a lot more comfortable running against people in the other party than it is debating in the primary,” Anita Dunn, who worked on debate preparations with Obama, said. “The differences don’t have to be manufactured. The differences exist.”
It is also likely that the presidential debates would affect the outcome of November’s elections. As noted by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor of communication and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, presidential debates can have a deeper effect in close contests.
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“The reality is most people have made up their minds before they view the debates and so the value of debates is confirming an already made decision, not creating a new decision,” Jamieson said, as reported by the Globe and Mail.
Jamieson cited the 1960 elections, when John F. Kennedy emerged victorious by the slightest of margins – around 100,000 votes.
NBC’s Lester Holt has been selected as the moderator for the first debate. CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz will moderate the second debate, and FOX News’ Chris Wallace will moderate the third debate.
According to CBC News, the second debate is slated for October 9 at the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and the third and final debate for October 19, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The vice presidential debate between Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine and Trump’s running mate Mike Pence is scheduled for October 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.