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Trump and Clinton prepare for first US presidential debate

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Hillary Clinton supporters see a double standard when it comes to Monday's presidential debate, which for the first time will feature a woman debating a man. That's well within the poll's 4.5 percentage point margin of error. Clinton will have to show that she is presidential but also honest (55 percent of Americans do not think so), while proving that she has fully recovered from her recent bout of pneumonia. We've talked about issues at 30,000 feet but what are you going to do about farm subsidies that do matter in our state, which actually do matter in our state.

Kaine has said of Clinton: "When the spotlights are at the brightest and the pressure is the most intense, that's when she brings her A-plus game". He needs to demonstrate a command of the issues. "There's a level of mistrust and a caricature of her that just doesn't jibe with who I know". "I really don't appreciate campaigns thinking it is the job of the media to go and be these virtual fact-checkers and that these debate moderators should somehow do their bidding", Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on ABC News.

Hillary Clinton's strategy could include provoking Donald Trump, which in the past has caused the mogul to say the wrong things.

Robby Mook, Mrs Clinton's campaign manager, told ABC's This Week that he is concerned Mr Trump will continue his habit of sometimes saying things that are not true and still get a passing grade.

Clinton's campaign released a long list of lies it attributed to Trump ahead of the debate. Trump frequently chides Clinton as "Crooked Hillary" and has called for her jailing for the email controversy.

"We will see very opposing viewpoints".

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Conway says Trump's tweeted threat to put Flowers in the audience was merely countering the prospect of billionaire Mark Cuban, a harsh Trump critic, attending the debate. She says "he'll be happy to offer specifics without telling the enemy what we're going to do".

This first of three debates will give the candidates a chance to introduce themselves - or re-introduce themselves - to skeptical American voters who will be watching closely for the slightest misstep, awkward gesture or fatal altercation.

NBC host Chuck Todd said on "Meet the Press" Sunday that instead of inviting Gennifer Flowers to the presidential debate Monday night, Republican nominee Donald Trump should have invited one of the "grieving Benghazi family members" in order to score political points.

Trump was often a commanding presence in the Republican primary debates, launching biting personal attacks on his rivals.

Trump aides said their candidate, who like Clinton participated in numerous TV debates during their respective parties' nominating races, was preparing for Monday's event but not doing mock debates where someone plays the role of Clinton.

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