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Who will perform better in the first presidential debate: Trump or Clinton?
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump finally face off in the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26. The event may draw the biggest television audience in history, but who will do better? Clinton is not known as an excellent debater, but her command of policy and facts is legendary. Trump vanquished 13 rivals in the primaries with crushing performances during the debates—but can he pull that off with just one person across the stage from him? Vote below.

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Who will perform better in the first presidential debate: Trump or Clinton?
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Josh Marshall thinks Trump is in a bind: if he shows up reserved and dignified, he could look "low-energy" (an epithet he memorably deployed against Jeb Bush). If Trump comes out swinging the way he does at his rallies, he risks underscoring the idea that he is too hotheaded and unstable to possess the nuclear codes.

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While Clinton has been assiduously preparing, Trump has perplexed his advisors by refusing to prep with a podium or study briefing books. His style has always been off-the-cuff, which worked for him during many GOP primary debates. But his dearth of policy knowledge could lead to some embarrassing moments on stage.

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Clinton's had a rough several weeks with her pneumonia, continued focus on her email controversies, and suspicion around the ethics of the Clinton Foundation. Television is about theater, not policy. Trump wasn't a reality television star for nothing, and will surely try to hit her on these points.

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Clinton has a lot of bars to clear. Her strength—experience and policy knowledge—can come across as wonkish and boring. She will try to get under Trump's skin and goad him into making a mistake, but insults, sarcasm and anger are usually perceived differently when wielded by women. And if she coughs or shows any sign of illness? It may break the Internet.

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Who will perform better in the first presidential debate: Trump or Clinton?
#MyMoneysOnHillary
A festive crown for the winner
#MyMoneysOnTrump