ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Who do you believe has the most to gain from Sunday night’s presidential candidate debate in St. Louis?
According to CBS political editor Steve Chaggaris, Republican Donald Trump will be looking to erase Hillary Clinton’s four percentage point lead in the polls.
“These debates are watched by a lot of people and they can change a lot of minds if done properly on his part,” Chaggaris says. “Who knows, if he has a good night on Sunday, this could be back to a tied race again.”
Chaggaris tells KMOX’S Charlie Brennan the “town hall” format of undecided voters asking questions, instead of a moderator, will be something new for both candidates. He adds that neither candidate has much experience with unsolicited questions from the audience.
A native St. Louisan has spent many years as an “advance man” for big political rallies and debates across the nation. Steven Jakes talks about how he prepared for this specific type of forum.
He told KMOX’s Charlie Brennan he had different orders from GOP leaders, when seating an audience for a town hall. He wrote the novel “Advance Man,” based on experiences he had setting up for big events, like the Bush-Kerry showdown in Saint Louis.
“With Republicans, it can be little more stage managed. They’ll make sure that people aren’t wearing t-shirts that say something bad about the candidate,” Jakes says. “They screen people coming in for other things than, you know, bad things.”
He adds the two camps flipped a coin when they arrived, to see who got the better of the two “green rooms” at WashU.
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