DETROIT (CBS DETROIT/AP) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will meet face-to-face Monday night in a presidential debate at suburban New York’s Hofstra University.
It’s a showdown that’s expected to draw 75 million viewers with some estimates closer to 100 million – which would put viewership at Super Bowl numbers.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick says this debate could mirror the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon one. Those who heard that debate thought Nixon had won, while those who saw the debate felt Kennedy was the clear winner.
Will tonight’s debate will sway any voters?
“Usually,” says Skubick, “in debates, they reinforce your believe in candidates you like.” Rarely do they make people switch parties or candidates.
Jason Trodder from Bloomfield Hills believes Trump has a strategy: “Right now he beat 16 candidates … to become the nominee,” says Trodder. “So I think he’s going to try to bait her and after he bates her – let’s see if she falls for it.”
Rachel from Royal Oak says it would be a more meaningful event if it included one more person — the Libertarian candidate.
I think it’s a shame they don’t let Gary Johnson debate says Rachel. “We as Millennials are sick of not hearing anybody who represents us – I think he’s the best representation for us.”
Johnson is polling between six and 13 percent. Candidates need 15 percent to get into the debates.
It’s the first of three presidential debates ahead of the November election.
WWJ Newsradio 950 will be covering live at 9 p.m. [LISTEN HERE]
You can also watch it live, along with pre-and-post-debate coverage on CBS 62 or on the web at CBSN.
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