Tonight’s first U.S. presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is a study in personality clashes.
It’s also a test of two opposing preparation strategies, one of which may not involve much prep at all.
With Trump having threatened to bring Bill Clinton’s former flame Gennifer Flowers, and Clinton’s battle plan to get under her opponent’s skin, the pair of presidential hopefuls are giving the impression that they’re prepared to tear each other apart Monday night in front of an estimated 100 million viewers.
The debate will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.
The “spectacle” will be about 90 minutes in length and it will be broken down into six segments that will each be about 15 minutes long.
The candidates will discuss major topics selected by the moderator (Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News) who will open each segment with a question and both Clinton and Trump will have two minutes each to answer once they respond.
Then each candidate will have the opportunity to ask each other questions and it will be up to the moderator to conduct the discussion evenly.
The debate was previously scheduled to be held at Wright State University in Ohio, but the school had to withdraw due to budget concerns.
The next debate will take place on Tuesday, October 4th.