Debate Night: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown

A television photographer captures the outside of the debate hall at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 the night before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will meet in their first presidential debate. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

WASHINGTON (AP) – After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are preparing to confront each other face-to-face in the first presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for the nation’s future.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (AP photos)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (AP photos)

The high-stakes showdown tonight is the first of three presidential debates. It comes as both candidates are viewed negatively by large numbers of Americans, with Democrat Clinton facing questions about her trustworthiness and Republican Trump struggling to convince many voters that he has the temperament and policy depth to be president.

Interest in the presidential race has been intense, and the campaigns are expecting a record-breaking audience to watch the 90-minute televised debate at New York’s Hofstra University.

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