Update: As we noted previously, Willey, Broaddrick, Jones and Shelton will be in the debate audience…
As we detailed earelier, tonight's town-hall style presidential debate from St.Louis promises to be an eyeball-scorcher. With the bout scheduled for 90 minutes with questions from the web, the crowd, and moderators, parents are strongly advised to lock up small chidren (and pets) as the chances of the words 'pussy', 'liar', 'monica', and 'rape' emerging during the battle are high. Luckily CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz are moderating so everything should be 'fair'.
The War Of The Noses escalates…
One thing to watch will be whether Clinton, an audience member or one of the moderators addresses the Trump tape first.
The body language between the two will also be scrutinized — some liberal voices on social media have suggested that Clinton should decline to shake hands with Trump.
As we noted earlier, previewing a hard-line attack on Clintons' sexual past, Trump on Sunday morning tweeted an interview given by Juanita Broaddrick, who claimed Mr. Clinton sexually assaulted her in the late 1970s…. Ms. Broaddrick tearfully recounts the episode in the videotaped interview and said "I'm afraid of him."
As the WSJ adds, "Trump, facing fierce blowback for his lewd comments about women, is signaling that he will target Mr. Clinton's behavior as he tries to stabilize a campaign coping with its biggest crisis to date."
In weekend apologies for his remarks, the Republican nominee invoked Mr. Clinton repeatedly, saying he had "abused women" and talked about them in ways that were more offensive than his own in a 2005 video in which he boasted of sexual aggression.
He also claimed Mrs. Clinton attacked the women who accused her husband of sexual misconduct.
"I've said some foolish things, but there's a big difference between the words and actions of other people," Mr. Trump said in a Saturday morning video. "Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days."
That line of attack threatens to yank Mr. Clinton directly into the campaign scrum, a space the former two-term president has largely avoided since his wife launched her campaign a year and half ago.
The WSJ notes that according to strategists in both parties, a tactic where Trump goes for Clinton's past infidelities may backfire… but then again, what's his downside?
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Bring your popcorn…
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Finally, the drinking game… (via DebateDrinking.com)
And the scorecard…