Final Presidential Debate Tonight

Daily News Article   —   Posted on October 19, 2016

(by Leada Gore, – The final debate of the 2016 presidential race is set for Wednesday night and the fireworks could fly between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The third presidential debate of the election season is set for Wednesday (Oct. 19) starting at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT) and will run for 90 minutes with no breaks. It will be aired online and on all networks and major cable channels.

Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate the debate. According to the Commission on Presidential Debates the topics will include: debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, Supreme Court, foreign hot spots and the candidates’ fitness to be president. As in the first debate, the topics were selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate.

The last topic could be the trickiest, as it comes just as Trump is dealing with allegations regarding his sexual behavior towards women and as Clinton is faced with a barrage of leaked emails from her time as Secretary of State that reveal among many questionable actions, Hillary Clinton stating in 2014 that the Saudi and Qatar governments fund ISIS and the Clinton Foundation taking $1 million from Qatar for a 5 minute meeting.

The debate will be held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas with each of the topics addressed during six 15-minute time segments. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Wednesday’s debate was the final chance any third party candidates to make the main stage.

Any candidate taking part in the debate must show they have support of at least 15 percent in the average of five pre-determined national polls: ABC-Washington Post; CBS-New York Times; CNN-Opinion Research Corporation; Fox News; and NBC-Wall Street Journal.

Those averages show Clinton at 46 percent and Trump at 40 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson polled at 7 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 2.2 percent, not enough to garner an invitation.

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