You can practically hear the popcorn being popped as Americans of all political stripes prepare for Monday’s first presidential debate.
This showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may not be on the same level as the Lincoln-Douglas battle in terms of civility or rhetorical greatness, but it will be seen by exponentially more people.
Media experts have been debating whether or not this program will break TV ratings records:
Television executives and campaign aides privately think that the total viewer number released by Nielsen will land somewhere between 80 and 100 million viewers.
The most-viewed debate in American history, according to Nielsen, was the sole Ronald Reagan-Jimmy Carter debate in 1980. Almost 81 million viewers tuned in.
February’s Super Bowl 50, for comparison, drew an average of 111.9 million viewers.
Of course, at the end of the day, each side will declare their leader the winner.
What really matters is that Hillary partisans, who get their ideas about Trump from second hand media and comedy caricatures, will be forced to see and hear the man himself for a few hours.
Who knows? Maybe some minds will be changed…
Source: Independent Journal Review