Campaign 2016: predictions for Monday’s debate


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – We all know Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not shy about expressing how they feel about their opponent and one local debate expert says it should be interesting to say the least, to see how the nominees handle the heat once they step foot on the same platform.

“This man wants to be our next president?” said Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton slanders you as deplorable and irredeemable,” Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump stated.

Insult after insult, since the beginning of the presidential race Trump and Clinton have not held back when it comes to sharing their opinions and come Monday, both will share the same stage.

“I think they’re going to try to walk a line between being very, very candid but not coming across as losing one’s cool,” said MSU Head Debate Coach Will Repko.

Repko says he’s looking forward to seeing how the candidates respond once the battle begins.

“You’re looking to see how aggressive they’re going to be when there’s that interpersonal dynamic…both of them have been very assertive when they’ve spoken about the other but is that going to change and what is the strategy that both cands have for that,” Repko stated.

“I have no faith in Hillary Clinton or the leadership,” Trump declared.

With Trump being known for his sporadic antics, Repko is curious how the Republican nominee will act once the debate starts.

“I wonder if he’s going to want to hog all the air time or whether or not that will give his opponent an opportunity to kind of say hey you know you’re kind of crowding out my time,” said Repko.

And as far as his predictions on Clinton, well he’s unsure what direction the Democrat will take.

“Is she going to be afraid to come across as being an attack dog and having that look like it’s a reaction to recent events or is she going to stay calm and just you know hope that her opponent is the one that’s far more assertive,” Repko stated.

Only time will tell what the presidential candidates will do once they’re face to face.

The debate starts at 9p.m. on Monday, September 26th and you can watch the full event right here on 6 News.

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