The start of the presidential debates is fast approaching. It has just been announced that Lester Holt, anchor of the NBC Nightly News, will moderate the first debate scheduled for September 26.
But did you know the first presidential forum will be held on September 7?
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump will appear at a Commander-in-Chief forum to discuss national security, military affairs and veterans’ issues in a primetime event sponsored by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
The presidential candidates will appear back-to-back in the one-hour event hosted by Matt Lauer and aired by NBC and MSNBC. The two candidates will answer questions from NBC News and an audience that includes military veterans and active service members.
The Trump camp is worried about this major challenge for their candidate. After all, who knows more about national security and foreign affairs than former secretary of state Clinton?
But Trump supporters are taking heart in the fact that George W. Bush was not the sharpest foreign-policy wonk as a candidate but that didn’t stop him from making it to the White House.
In a 1999 interview with WHDH-TV in Boston, an NBC affiliate, Bush was given a surprise quiz on foreign affairs. He was asked to name the leaders of four world hot spots: Chechnya, Taiwan, India and Pakistan.
Bush scored a failing grade of 25%, giving only the right answer for Taiwan.
But the most embarrassing response to a foreign policy question came when Bush was asked to comment on the turmoil in the Middle East. When asked to give his opinion on Beirut, Bush replied, “I know he was a great all-around player, but I always thought Joltin’ Joe DeMaggio was the better the Yankee.”
With the bar set so low by George W., could Trump do any worse?
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