Clinton and Trump go head-to-head in first presidential debate

BU pundits on what’s at stake in the first presidential debate

The first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, being held tonight, could get record TV ratings. Image by Flickr contributor Rich Gerard

How high are the stakes for Clinton and Trump?

Virginia Sapiro, professor of political science.

Is there one dynamic driving each candidate as they step on the stage tonight?

Current polls show both candidates with high unfavorable ratings. How might that affect the debate?

Thomas Fiedler, dean of the College of Communication.

How big an issue for Clinton is gender bias?

Trump has shown glaring gaps in his knowledge of the issues and has often told untruths during the campaign. How do you expect those to affect the debate?

Tammy Vigil, professor of communication.

What’s the one thing each candidate cannot afford to do?

Jonathan Sigal (COM’17), editor in chief and president of the Boston Political Review.

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