By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
9:00PM EST at Hofstra University. That’s almost now! Here are some “viewing options”. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt is the moderator. All the questions will come from Holt (it’s not a town hall). There will be six 15-minute segments over the course of 90 minutes with no commercial breaks.
The television audience is expected to top the record of 80.6 million TV viewers set in 1980 for the Reagan v. Carter; some say 100 million. So Trump, with 14 years of television experience, should be soaring. It’s the biggest night of his life! (“Trump took to his TV role as if he’d spent his life preparing for it.”)
Some notes on the Hofstra venue: Audience members have been instructed to remain quiet; it will be Trump’s “first time debating in front of a completely silent audience” (if they remain silent). The size of the audience has not been disclosed, but a third of the tickets go to the campaigns, another third to the host, and the final third to the Commission on Presidential Debates, to be distributed among members of the organizing group, sponsors and local VIPs (what a racket). However, Hofstra is running a lottery where 300 students will get tickets. That suggests an audience of around 900. (The Hofstra site says “All tickets allocated to Hofstra University from the Commission on Presidential Debates will be distributed via lottery to current students,” so it looks like administrators and VIPs aren’t getting any. Laudable, if true.)
Please add your comments as the debate proceeds!