Running for President is always demanding, but in 2016 it was especially draining. Not for the candidates, but for the electorate. Mercifully, it’s almost over. Like the first falling leaf heralding autumn, the third and final debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton takes place tonight at 9pm ET.
This 90-minute battle royale will take place at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas with Fox News’ Chris Wallace in the moderator’s chair. The announced topics, chosen by Wallace include debt and entitlement programs, the Supreme Court, immigration, foreign trouble spots and fitness to be President.
Despite his affiliation with GOP-friendly Fox, don’t look for Wallace to go easy on Trump. He’s arguably the toughest and most non-partisan interviewer in cable news. (You probably know that his dad was legendary 60 Minutes interrogator Mike Wallace. The apple didn’t fall far from that tree.
Wallace has already grilled Trump a couple of times in GOP primary debates. Look for him to ask tough questions in the areas of budget numbers and which candidate is most fit to be President.
He will likely press Clinton on the content of her recently leaked campaign emails, Benghazi, her health, and maybe that “basket of deplorables” comment.
While I doubt many minds (or votes) will be changed by this debate, it seems like Clinton’s to lose. Trump has had a rough couple of weeks, tumbling in the polls in the wake of that leaked “locker room talk” tape and allegations of inappropriate behavior towards women. His debate performances have rallied his base of support but haven’t grown his following. Still, Clinton is not a natural politician and could stumble in this meeting, especially if Trump goads her. A blatant misstatement or loss of her cool could take the spotlight off Trump and put it on her.
The debate will air on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Univision, and C-SPAN. NPR and most every news/talk radio station will carry it, too. Twitter, Facebook and Youtube will also stream live coverage. You can run, but you can’t hide!
Nor should you. While this campaign and its debates have been grinding, it’s important that we Americans make an informed decision next month. So, give this last debate at least a few minutes – and an open mind.
Check out our guide to the presidential election HERE to learn more about each candidates’ stances and how this election could impact your investments.