100 Million To Watch Presidential Debate
- Why is Clinton-Trump clash crucial?
- For Indian it starts at 6 am, Tuesday
Presidential debates are noteworthy in the US general elections. This season their importance has only increased.
About 100 million viewers are expected to watch the first presidential debate on September 26 at Hofstra University in New York. The most watched debate so far was in 1980 when Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan confronted – about 80 million viewed the debate.
The moderator for the first debate 2016 is Lester Bolt, an African American journalist and anchor for NBC Nightly News. There are going to be three presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate in this season. Every presidential debate will be for 90 minutes, and the candidates will have six rounds of about 15 minutes to talk on one policy or issue.
This year, presidential debates attain significance especially after the polls findings that the race has become tighter. Both the candidates have almost equal public mandate.
The performance in the debate had made difference in the past races where the better performer had gained the electoral vote in the polls conducted subsequent to the debates. The more close the race, the more advantage the better performer had.
Viewers have more expectations on Hillary Clinton, of both the candidates, this season. She had the electoral gain in the polls and compared to Trump her performance is better so far. She has more loads on her to reach the expectations, whereas Trump had made many political gaffes and controversial statements that created low expectations of him among the voters. Any decent gestures or responsible responses would have positive resonance among viewers for Trump.
Also making the debate more dramatic and interesting, the candidates began invited their opponent’s rivals to the debate. While Clinton has invited Mark Cuban, Trump’s business opponent, Trump has invited Gennifer Flowers, an actress who revealed her sexual relationship with former President Bill Clinton.