C-SPAN To Cover The Presidential Debate In Split-Screen

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Donald Trump in Sept. 2016Donald Trump in Sept. 2016

The first debate in the election takes place on the evening of Sept. 26 between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Mashable recommends everyone watch the event on C-SPAN for one reason: It is showing the entire debate in split screen.

This means viewers will be able to see both Trump and Clinton throughout the 90-minute debate. Their reactions to each other’s comments will be on full display.

The split-screen broadcast has been used in past debates, including in 2000 between Al Gore and George W. Bush, and four years later when Bush faced off against John Kerry.

The format caught Gore sighing at some of Bush’s comments in 2000. This became a topic of conversation afterward.

The debate takes place as polls indicate a neck-and-neck race for the White House between the two candidates.

The latest national poll by Quinnipiac University gave Clinton a 1-point lead over Trump -- 47 percent to 46 percent -- prompting the institution to declare the race too close to call.

Another poll gave Clinton a 2-point lead at 46 to 44 percent, according to The New York Times. This survey, from Monmouth University, also included the Green Party and Libertarian Party candidates.

The Times questioned whether Trump will be able to perform for an extended time, noting that in the debates during the Republican primary contests he did not have to speak for long periods because of the crowded stage of candidates. Meanwhile, the newspaper pointed to Clinton’s trust issues with voters as being a major problem she has to overcome.

According to CNN, Trump’s campaign team said the Republican candidate has avoided sticking to the usual amount of preparation time ahead of tonight’s clash. Clinton’s team has reportedly been hard at work trying to plan ways to unsettle Trump.

The close race makes the upcoming debate at Hofstra University in New York even more important, with every move and utterance by the candidates being scrutinized.

Sources: Mashable, The New York Times, CNN / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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