High Stakes Debates

There's no higher political payoff than winning the White House. This election cycle two controversial presidential candidates are scaling the walls. They will spar in three debates.

 

Democrat Hillary Clinton is a seasoned politician with a background in law and public service. Republican Donald Trump is a businessman with extensive experience in show biz. So how do their debating skills match up?

The first Presidential debate was done in a style similar to cross-examination. It was watched by roughly 81 million TV viewers. Millions more watched it streaming live. And still more have watched it online. The majority of poll results show Clinton outperformed Trump and won the debate.

You can judge for yourself. Here's the link:

 

First presidential debate: Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Things got testier for the second Presidential debate, which took the form of a town hall meeting. Debating is supposed to be civil, but when you're gunning for the White House decorum may be thrown out of the Oval Office window.

Second presidential debate: October 9, 2016, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Third presidential debate: October 19, 2016, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

SNL - 2nd Presidential debate parody 2016

SNL - 3rd Presidential debate parody 2016

But wait - there's more! The sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live recruited Alex Baldwin to impersonate Trump. Cast member Kate McKinnon did her impression of Clinton.

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