Jeffrey Frank: TRUMP AND CLINTON GET READY FOR A NINETY-MINUTE CAMPAIGN

New Yorker – What may turn out to be the most important ninety minutes in America’s political history will unfold Monday night, at Hoftstra University, when Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, and Donald J. Trump, the reality-show host and real-estate developer, meet for their first televised Presidential debate. The event has the potential to reduce an extended campaign to a few compressed, highly suspenseful moments of theatre. Few believe that any of the Clinton-Trump debates will rely heavily on substance; after all, these things have turned on a furtive glance at a wristwatch, when President George H. W. Bush debated Bill Clinton, the Arkansas governor, in 1992, or an eye roll and a sigh, when Al Gore debated George W. Bush, in 2000. If Gore knew a lot more than Bush about governance, Bush could act like a friendly, take-charge guy; voters may have figured, What the hell, he’ll learn on the job, and besides he has the wisdom of Dick Cheney to help him out…

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