Hillary will do anything to gain a leg up on Trump. Lately, her support has been running short. She needs a little boost from this debate if she’s going to inch her way to the White House.
The two nominees will debate for 90 minutes straight on Monday starting at 9pm ET, with no commercial break. The event will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, with NBC News’ Lester Holt as a moderator.
Reports previously claimed that Clinton’s campaign had requested a custom-made podium to make up for the difference in height between the two nominees.
Clinton is 5’4″ and Trump is 6’2″. Her campaign first asked that she debate on a step-stool so as not to appear smaller than Trump, according to The Drudge Report.
But the presidential debate commission rejected the request and instead allowed Clinton to have a custom-made podium, the website reported.
Photos shared by WABC reporter Rita Cosby on Sunday appear to show that the two podiums are of different sizes.
It is unclear which podium is destined to which candidate. But it would make sense for Clinton to use the smaller podium, which seems more adequate for a shorter person.
The debate is seen as crucial in deciding the outcome of November’s crucial election.
Tens of millions of people are expected to tune into the 90-minute showdown when it kicks off at 9pm.
The contrast between the two candidates on the stage will be fascinating, with Clinton, who has more than 40 years of public service behind her as well as a stint as secretary of state, to the billionaire reality TV star.
The debate is being held one day after a Washington Post-ABC News poll revealed that Clinton’s slim advantage over Trump from last month has evaporated.
She is tied with Trump at 41 percent among registered voters, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson at seven percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at two per cent, according to the poll.
In a two-way match-up, Trump and Clinton were even at 46 per cent of registered voters. The survey showed a statistical tie among likely voters as well.