The drama around Sunday’s debate

The drama around Sunday’s debate October 8, 2016

The second presidential debate will be held Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET, to be covered by all major networks.

This one will have a Town Hall format, with ordinary Americans who have been identified as uncommitted voters in close proximity and asking half the questions.  This can induce cringeworthy moments.  Candidates will also get to move around, which seldom goes well.  (Remember Al Gore trying to be the alpha male by invading George W. Bush’s personal space?  It was just embarrassingly awkwardwith Bush ruining the whole effect with his bemused expression, getting the audience to laugh at him.)

Trump has not done many Town Halls, preferring to speak at huge arenas with thousands of cheering fans.  A big test will be if he can restrain himself from unloading on an ordinary American who asks him a hostile question.

He can be sure that he will be asked about the video just released from 2005 of him making incredibly lewd and lecherous remarks about women, including bragging about an adultery attempt and how he gets to grope women sexually because he is a “star.”  (Some are saying this will doom his campaign.  Do you think it will?)

I don’t like to blog on Sundays, so I won’t be liveblogging this debate.  (You can comment on it as it unfolds here at this post, if you want.)  But I do intend to watch it, so we can discuss what happens on Monday.

From Everything you need to know about Trump and Clinton’s second 2016 presidential debate – POLITICO:

When is the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?
The second debate will take place Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis.

What time is the debate and how long will it last?
The debate starts at 9 p.m. E.T. and will go for 90 minutes without commercial breaks.
How can I watch the debate?
The debate will air on major television networks as well as the websites of the leading cable channels and C-SPAN.
How can I watch the debate online?
The websites for major television networks, including MSNBC and ABC News, will livestream the event.
Who will moderate the debate?
The moderators for the debate will be Martha Raddatz, chief global affairs correspondent for ABC’s “This Week,” and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. . . .

What is the format of the debate?
Unlike the first presidential debate, the second one is in a town hall style format. Half of the questions will be asked by audience members at the debate and the other half will be asked by Raddatz and Cooper. Clinton and Trump will both have two minutes to respond to the questions and then there will be another minute for the moderators to ask follow-up questions and advance the discussion.

The town hall participants in the audience are uncommitted voters and were picked by the Gallup polling organization.
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