Sparks could fly during presidential debate

Expert says both candidates have a lot at stake

By Amanda Krenz | akrenz@weareiowa.com

Published 09/26 2016 05:25PM

Updated 09/26 2016 05:25PM

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AMES - Donald Trump's a political candidate like none other we've ever seen in the history of the United States. That's according to political science professor David Anderson at Iowa State University.
 
Anderson says, "Hillary Clinton may be a great candidate, but she's not as exciting as Donald Trump. People are tuning in tonight to see what he does."
 
Anderson says trump will be tested on the debate stage, like he's never been before, "He can't hide today. He can't give a snappy statement, direct the crowd, take a break."
 
Right now, Trump has momentum on his side. Hillary Clinton could use a boost and she needs to earn the trust of voters. Clinton could also get under the skin of Trump, and set him off - which might be part of her strategy.
 
Anderson says, "In a presidential debate, when the fate of the presidency is at stake, I don't think the nation's going to want to see that. If she can goad him into doing it I think he loses ground.

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