This coming Monday, September 26, the first presidential debate will take place at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. Americans will get to see the Democrat, Hillary Clinton, go mano a mano against the Republican, Donald Trump.
Well, that is what everyone was expecting until debate moderator, Lester Holt, announced the three debate topics he will be covering during the 90-minute event: (1) America’s Direction, (2) Achieving Prosperity and (3) Securing America.
Seriously? Could you come up with more vague or esoteric topics?
Why not just give the candidates paper and pen and ask for an essay on how they spent their summer vacation!
Each one of the subject areas leaves so much room for BS and allows the candidates to just offer up talking points that the event might just turn into one giant snooze fest.
This is made even more likely by having the mild-mannered moderator, Lester Holt, running the show. Don’t expect him to be tough on the candidates. It’s just not his style. Perhaps this was the price NBC had to pay to make Trump happy. It is a well-known fact Trump and Holt have been friends for years.
The Commission on Presidential Debates, a bipartisan organization that manages the events, has clearly dropped the ball, not only by picking the milquetoast Holt, but by not having a better debate format.
I’m afraid if you want two adversaries going at it with all they’ve got, you will have to opt for Monday Night Football on ESPN. If you want drama and excitement, the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints present a compelling matchup.
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