Tonight, at Hofstra University on Long Island, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are facing off in the first of three presidential debates at 9pm EST / 6pm PST (2am GMT for our especially dedicated Irish readers).
You can tune in by watching NBC’s livestream, courtesy of YouTube, above, or by clicking on one of the other links listed at the bottom of this article.
Clinton VS. Trump is the most highly anticipated presidential debates in American history. Clinton has been renowned for her debate prowess as far back as her high school years and has an intimidating grasp on policy, while Trump, with his reality TV experience, managed to trounce his opponents in the Republican primary debates with his truly exceptional interrupting skills and insults that were very effective if a new low for the presidential debate arena.
The most-watched presidential debate ever took place on October 28, 1980, between Jimmy Carter and Roland Regan, attracting 80.6 million viewers in a time before YouTube, Snap Chat, livestreaming, or even the internet. By comparison, the most-watched debate of the 2012 election, between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, reached 67.2 million viewers.
Early indications point to this debate breaking the record for most watched, but what’s still anyone’s guess is who the victor will be. Will Donald Trump be able to go from sound bites to specifics on his policy plans? Will Hillary Clinton be able to maintain presidential imperviousness in the face of her unconventional opponent? Will moderator Lester Holt stick to the questions or push the candidates on the facts? We’re eager to see what happens.
While the questions for tonight have already been decided, Facebook is currently collecting questions from public comments to be submitted for the second presidential debate, which will take place on Sunday, October 9, at Washington University in St. Louis. What issues are important to you as an Irish American? Let us know in the comment section, and head over to Facebook to submit it for consideration.
You can share your views and takes in the comment section throughout the debate. As soon as it’s over we’ll have a poll up so you can tell us who you think is the winner of round one. Happy watching!
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