The final Presidential debate kicks off at 2PM NZ time, live from Las Vegas.
The format is similar to the first debate, with pre-set topics. There will be six 15-minute segments. Moderator Chris Wallace, from Fox News, will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond.
The topics are:
- Debt and entitlements
- The economy
- Supreme Court
- Foreign hot spots
- Fitness to be president
Going into the debate, the polls are showing a widening gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This is hardly surprising given the torrid ten days Trump has endured since his uncensored views on women came to light. In the last two days, Trump appears to have conceded he will not win the Presidency, blaming his upcoming defeat on vote rigging, the media and the Republican Party.
This debate is probably going to be the final nail in the coffin for the Trump campaign, but in a sense, there is more pressure on Hillary Clinton. The election is hers to lose, so she will need to make sure she doesn’t stumble in the 90 minutes. Quite literally so when the debate swings to the final topic, fitness to be President.
It’s hard to know what Trump can do to turn things around, but it’s curious that he has invited Barack Obama’s half brother Malik to attend. If he thinks having a crack at Obama is going to change things, he hasn’t learned a jot from his failed attacks on Bill Clinton. More pointedly, Trump has Patricia Smith on his guest list. She’s the mother of Sean Smith, who died in Benghazi while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
Clinton has invited Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, a Republican who once ran for governor of California but who has endorsed the Democratic candidate. Clinton has also invited Mark Cuban, who was once considered as a potential running mate for the Donald.
Today’s debate is live on TVNZ’s Duke channel at 2 PM and they will be streaming it via their website, here.
The Guardian are running live updates all day, here.
Last word to Aziz Ansari, who has put out the most honest get out the vote video ever: