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Presidential Debates 2016 – The September Dates, Schedule and Question List (Probable) & Topics for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

First Posted: Sep 17, 2016 05:13 PM EDT
The Adams Playhouse on the campus of Hofstra University on August 4, 2009 in Uniondale, New York
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The first presidential debate for the 2016 U.S. General Elections is less than two weeks away taking place on Monday Sept. 26 on the campus of Hofstra University in New York. Before GOP candidate Donald Trump goes head to head with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, take a look at the type of questions asked at first presidential debates in the past that may come up again:

The first presidential debate for the 2016 U.S. General Elections is less than two weeks away taking place on Monday Sept. 26 on the campus of Hofstra University in New York. Before GOP candidate Donald Trump goes head to head with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, take a look at the type of questions asked at first presidential debates in the past that may come up again:

The First Debate – Romney and Obama on the Federal Deficit and Taxes

President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney had their first presidential debate on Oct. 3, 2012 at the University of Denver with Jim Lehrer as the moderator. The former journalist started the first debate with questions regarding the economy including the federal deficit and taxes.

There were three segments on the economy then the debate made its own turn to talk about the Affordable Care Act.

“Do you think there is a fundamental difference between the two of you as to how you view the mission of the federal government?” Lehrer asked in the following segment. This question took a turn for the candidates to start discussing the improvement of public schools in America.

Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Participate In Second Presidential Debate
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HEMPSTEAD, NY - OCTOBER 16: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) and moderator Candy Crowley (C) listen during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University October 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York. During the second of three presidential debates, the candidates fielded questions from audience members on a wide variety of issues.

The First Debate – McCain and Obama on Recovering the American Economy

Obama held his first debate at the University of Mississippi as a U.S. Senator against Sen. John McCain where Lehrer moderated the Sept. 26, 2008 first presidential debate as well. The first two questioned were chosen by the moderator and not cleared with anyone and again, he started the debate with questions about the American economy.

“Gentleman, at this very moment tonight, where do you stand on the financial recovery plan?” he asked the senators.

Next he asked about foreign relations like “the lessons of Iraq” in the same way there were “lessons of Vietnam.” He also asked what the senators thought of sending more troops to Afghanistan, the threat of Iran and the relationship with Russia.

Lehrer’s last question was about terrorism where he asked the candidates what the likelihood of another 9/11 attack would be.

McCain And Obama Square Off In First Presidential Debate
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OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 26: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (R) (D-IL) and Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) take part in the first of three presidential debates before the 2008 election September 26, 2008 in the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. Both candidates arrived in Oxford after taking part in negotiations the previous day in Washington, D.C. to solve the current financial crisis.

Trump and Clinton First Debate

Clinton and Trump could be asked very similar questions. In the 2004 first presidential debate, Lehrer asked Sen. John Kerry if he would do a better job at preventing another 9/11 attack than former president George W. Bush.

Although this year’s moderators may not direct questions toward 9/11, they can talk about domestic terrorism like Sandy Hook, the club shooting in Orlando, FL and the rise of police brutality.

Donald Trump Hillary Clinton
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Hillary Clinton tops Donald Trump in electoral vote count in several polls.

In the first 2016 presidential debate, moderators may ask about the economy since it is always an important topic to the people. They might even ask about America’s relationship with Russia again given the rumors about Trump being best friends with Vladimir Putin.

NBC News anchor Lester Holt will moderate the first presidential debate 2016 in New York. The second presidential debate 2016 moderators are ABC News co-anchor Martha Raddatz and CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper. The town hall-style debate will be held in Missouri on Sunday Oct. 9.

The last presidential debate 2016 moderator is Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, being held on Wednesday Oct. 19.

Watch Presidential Debates 2016

Tune into cable news channels CNN, Fox News and MSNBC for live coverage of the presidential debates 2016. The debates will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS and FOX as well.

Live Stream Presidential Debates 2016

Certain universities may have a live stream of the debates on their campus. Last debate 2012 was live streamed at a Hofstra theater while select students entered a lottery to watch the debate live in person. The same lottery is available for 2016 presidential debates.

CNN News Live Stream is likely to have the 2016 presidential debates as it did in 2012.

You can also watch the 2016 presidential debates LIVE STREAM here.

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