The first set of questions at Sunday night’s presidential debate will be about Donald Trump’s vulgar comments on a newly published 2005 videotape, and the fallout from it. And Hillary Clinton will get the first question.
Moderators Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC have adjusted their plan for the debate in light of the Trump tape, sources told CNNMoney. While everything is subject to change until air time, an ABC source said — perhaps confirming the obvious — that Trump and Clinton will both be prompted to address the matter.
A coin toss by the Commission on Presidential Debates determined that Clinton will speak first. While the debates are hosted by the commission, not the television networks, Raddatz and Cooper have been in debate prep with producers from their respective networks.
The gender dynamics — a man and a woman moderating together while another man and woman face off in a town hall format — will be unmissable. Forty town-hall participants were selected by Gallup. They will also be sitting on stage. The participants are described as “uncommitted voters.”
NOTE: I’ll post our first of two open threads at 7PM during the pre-debate coverage. The second thread will go up at the debate’s halfway point.