Biggest US Election Since 1980, Candidates About Tied in the Polls, Now the First Debate

Biggest US Election Since 1980, Candidates About Tied in the Polls, Now the First Debate. In terms of setting directions for the USA and the entire western world, this is the most important election since Carter vs. Reagan in 1980. Of particular importance this time is the open-borders issue, with the Soros-funded PC crew urging for barely controlled mass immigration from the third world into western countries — which will ensure leftist electoral majorities and good tax-payer funded jobs for life for many lefties, but would erode the high trust nature of the West and probably bring the Enlightenment to a whimpering end.

The debate will be held at 9pm to 10:30 pm Monday, in Cleveland Ohio (early Tuesday morning Australian time). It is expected to be the most watched ever, with an audience that could exceed 100 million people.

Lion of the Blogosphere:

Opportunities for Trump:

1. This is Trump’s chance to actually speak directly to voters instead of having the biased media who hates him report on what he’s doing. What the media calls “racist” will sound like common sense to most voters without the liberal news media filter.

2. Hillary could have a health episode during the debate.

Dangers for Trump:

1. Biased moderators who will be out to get him.

2. Hillary has been preparing for this debate a lot more than Trump. She will be prepared with all sorts of traps for him. She will have a greater knowledge of policy and international affairs and will be able to make Trump look stupid and unprepared.

Kathleen Willey: Bill Clinton Alleged Sex Victims ‘Could Fill The Entire Audience’ At Presidential Debate, by Aaron Klein.

Willey, a White House aide during the Clinton administration who famously accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault, joins accusers Juanita Broaddrick and Paula Jones in commenting on the audience of tomorrow’s debate. …

The issue of Clinton’s alleged mistresses and accusers was put back in the headlines Saturday when Donald Trump threatened on Twitter to bring Gennifer Flowers to the first presidential debate after Trump troll Mark Cuban said he’d sit in the front row. Flowers, who says she had a 12-plus year relationship with Clinton, responded promptly on social media, writing, “Hi Donald Trump… I’m in your corner. Of course I will see u at the debate!!”

Debacle: What Al Gore’s First Debate Against George W. Bush Can Teach Hillary Clinton, by Patrick Healy.

Note to Hillary Clinton: You can be whip-smart in a presidential debate, yet still blow it spectacularly. Just ask Al Gore. …

Stuart Stevens, Bush media adviser: The first debate is usually when you reach the most voters. So we started prepping really early — in April 2000. But we did it in secret. Nobody wanted to broadcast that Bush was prepping that early. …

Robert Zoellick, Bush policy Advisor: The baseline performance was to show competence on the issues. This required anticipating the most likely 50-75 topics and then to sharpen Gov. Bush’s positions to 3-5 points on each. This requires editing and then recalling 150-400 points in a pressure-cooker environment. Not so easy.

Paul Begala, Democratic strategist and Bush stand-in: Right away I picked up a problem about Gore during debate prep: a raw, unbridled contempt he had for Bush. It wasn’t the usual “my worthy adversary and I have different ideas.” He would sometimes sigh when I was talking, or frown, or roll his eyes. And his tone and language too — it all communicated that Gore thought Bush was an idiot. “You don’t deserve to be on stage with me” was Gore’s basic attitude.

Paul Begala: For all of Gore’s good answers, his feelings for Bush was his fatal flaw. You can’t afford to look across the stage with that kind of contempt at someone who millions of people have nominated as their standard-bearer, and not have it bleed over to the audience and have them see you negatively.

hat-tip Joanne