'It might get heated': Debate coach shares what he expects to see in first presidential debate


With just over a month to go before the election, President Trump and Joe Biden will face off Tuesday night in the first of four debates in the race for the White House.

Tuesday night’s debate at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland was originally supposed to be held at the University of Notre Dame, but it withdrew due to coronavirus concerns.

There will be precautions in place with only 75 to 80 spectators and no physical contact between President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

President Trump will get the first question in the a 90-minute debate. Fox’s Chris Wallace will be the moderator, and we expect to hear both candidates talking about their records, as well as the Supreme Court, race and violence in cities, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt DuPuis knows all about prepping for an event like this. He’s the debate coach at Northern Illinois University.

"The Trump campaign has publicly stated they haven't really done much in the way of traditional debate prep. Trump has said he's going to rely on his wits and the experience he has gained in the last four years. Biden has been doing mock debates with his campaign, bringing up more and more Town Hall sessions during his campaign events; although Trump has also done at least one Town Hall-style campaign event," he said.

"I have a feeling we will see a lot of back and forth. We will hear Chris Wallace say please respect your opponent's time a lot tonight. I have a feeling they are going to be talking over each other to the point where it might get heated, to put it very mildly."

Dupuis said he and his students plan to hold their own practice debates just before the main event, and after watching it will discuss what they saw.

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