Well, I’ve got to say this comes at a most appropriate time. While this isn’t a debate, per se, it is a head-to-head discussion of sorts. Known Clinton supporter Matt Lauer will be asking questions of the candidates, separately, at different times. Supposedly, the questions will be chosen from questions from our people in the military.
There will be other chances, but, one can never again make a “first impression”, and this is Trump’s opportunity to make a first impression with millions of Americans. He has fortuitously won the coin toss and has elected to go second in the Q&A sessions.
The timing of this event can’t be more spectacular for both candidates!!!!! Trump has pulled to a virtual tie in the polls and seemingly has the momentum. (Yep, I was right about the Mexico visit!) But, tonight, all of that can change. This is a grand opportunity for both candidates. Hillary wants to stop the bleeding, and Trump wants to use tonight as a vault to continue the momentum and leave Hillary in the dust.
But, both have huge risks in front of them, tonight. For those who believe this isn’t a huge risk for Trump, I would refer you to a few quotes from recent interviews of Trump.
If Trump comes anywhere close to babbling like the above word salad, he’ll lose every bit of momentum and then some. His answers need to be clear and concise. He needs to stay off tangents unless he’s going to pivot the conversation.
For Hillary, the risks are even higher because she’s burdened by higher expectations in this arena. She’s the former SoS. She should know more about foreign issues and our military than Trump. She also has to make it through without NBC being forced to cut the air in order for people not to view one of her frequent coughing fits.
All that stuff before today? It doesn’t really matter, unless both come off equally inept. Even if they both come off equally informed and grasp the issues well, then it’s a win for Trump.
I’d go on, but, I think I’ll wait to see what happens tonight!