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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.

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