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First US Debate on Monday: Will charm offensive replace the nasty combativeness?

Sweden, Sept. 24 -- Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump face each other on Monday in the first of three debates amidst months of angrier and meaner political pother.

Clinton has to look less lawyerly and inject opaqueness into the debate, while Trump may need the charm offensive to avoid looking brash or contemptuous to protect the momentum he currently enjoyed.

The stakes are high as Americans would want a productive discussion on a range of topics such as illegal immigration, the terror threats facing USA following the recent New York and New Jersey attack as well as the pathways the country's economy has to take. We will see a record number of viewers watch and enjoy the two political prized fighters go at each other in style.

The shift in the nation's demographic content with Hispanic, Blacks and Asian vote reaching 30% would be an underlying dynamic. The winner has to win over at least 65 milion votes.

Zealtory Gaffes may have lasting impact

Debates are lost than won most of the time. The audience relishes gaffes, often unavoidable, as the two contestants clash striving to make compelling cases based on facts.They cherish watching the candidates outsmart themselves. Springing surprises often comes with the territory.

This year would not be an exception. We are going to hear reference to Trump's 'Blacks have nothing to lose except their pathetic selves" comment and Clinton's "the deplorable in my opponent's corner are fifty percent."

Trump's call for reinstating the controversial nationwide 'stop-and-frisk' policing policy may be one of the topics getting attention-something his base may like. The practice allows an officer to stop an individual and frisk them for weapons or any other illegal contraband and Trump wanted that adopted nationwide. Some law enforcement officers like ex-NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton expressed the view that it is "not a significant factor in the crime rate of New York-Yet, the recent terror attacks may validate the urgency of nipping things in the bud.

Clinnton had to rely on surrogates, including President Obama and First Lady Michele to campaign for her due her falling sick recently. Obama reminded the voters what Clinton had crafted since the Democratic National Convention: "Trump is not a typical Republican. So it's OK, as a Republican, to support Clinton. This is a dark, pessimistic vision," Obama said of the Trump campaign, one which he said has deviated substantially from the Party of Lincoln.

Clinton faced with Trump's electrifying conviviality

Some Clinton supporters had consternation why their candidate had not yet put away the contest, expressing frustration both with media coverage of the election and the closeness of the race in the polls-Trump's boisterous conviviality has attracted a multitude of supporters.

President Obama seemed to have taken off the gloves and bare-knuckle punched Trump in a vicious onslaught. Yet, Clinton has to avoid been a third term for Obama as Obama proclaimed loudly that he is in Clinton's corner.

Trump has successfully fought the requests to release his taxes, something that a majority of Americans want to see and a usual prerequisite for the office. And as his foundation comes under more scrutiny, with potential pay-to-play scandals involved, the pressure continues to mount.

Last week another issue cropped up: release of medical reports-- Trump's campaign manager, however seemed to suggest that they weren't entirely necessary, saying that "we all have a right to privacy." Meanwhile Trump himself appeared on Dr. Oz's show, to assure the viwewers tat he is in excellent health.

We are also witnessing the debate regarding the role of Clinton Foundation as well as the one headed by Trump.

Clinton charged that their family foundation has saved countless lives around the world, the other candidate's foundation took money other people gave to his charity and then bought a six-foot-tall painting of himself. Trump has denied any wrong-dong.

The debate might be the Waterloo for both candidates --a treacherous terrain-Trump's forte is to bully and mock as he did to16 Republican primary contestants, bereft of a crowd of adoring fans to feed off.

Without a teleprompter, message discipline still tends to elude him. The one-on-one format for an hour-and-a-half could make any shortcoming regarding policy painfully obvious. And any misstep or outburst that reinforces the idea either one of them lacked lacks the qualities to be commander in chief would be devastating.

Clinton may have to avoid being dull or too academic and needs to pepper her performance with sprightlier prose.

Trump would undoubtedly go toe to toe like a street fighter in LA --Which Trump emerges during the debate is intriguing to predict.

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