It is just hours before the first U.S. presidential debate kicks off in New York at Hofstra University between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and both presidential candidates are making final preparations for the upcoming debate which is expected to draw a large television audience and solidify political views for millions of voting Americans.
Hillary Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta met on NBC’s Meet the Press aired on Sunday and said that Clinton takes debate preparation seriously, respects the American public, and wants to explain what she wants to do for them during the debate.
“I think for her, it’s really about laying down the policies that she thinks will improve the economy, make it an economy that’s working for everyone, not for just for people at the top. But she has a challenge because Donald Trump is……inveterately says things that aren’t true, he comes in and Politifact rated him the liar of the year last year” Podesta said.
Trump was caught falsely claiming that he never supported the 2002 Iraq War and witnessed “thousands” cheering in the streets of New Jersey following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
During a New York policy speech on June 22nd, Trump criticized his opponent Hillary Clinton for supporting the Iraq war and maintained that he was among the first to criticize the rush to war.
“In short, Hillary Clinton tryout for the presidency has produced one deadly foreign policy disaster after another” Trump said.
“Though I was not in government service, I was among the earliest to criticize the rush to war, and yes, even before the war ever started” Trump added.
Contradiction Over Supporting The Iraq War in 2002
Truth admitted during a 2002 radio interview with Howard Stern that he supports the U.S. invasion in Iraq.
“Yeah, I guess so” Trump told Howard Stern.
“I wish the first time it was done correctly” Trump added during the interview.
Trump didn’t begin criticizing the U.S. invasion in Iraq until one year after the war had started.
Trump Sees Thousands On The Streets In New Jersey Cheering 9/11 Attack
Trump also falsely claimed on the campaign trail that he personally saw “thousands and thousands” in New Jersey cheering on the streets following the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Towers.
During a November 21st rally in Birmingham, Alabama Trump said, “I watched when the World Trade Tower came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, N.J. where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as the building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering” Trump exclaimed.
The next day on ABC’s This Week, Trump was challenged about his false claim of seeing thousands cheering in New Jersey streets by ABC host George Stephanopoulos who pointed out that the police rejected his claim.
Trump tweaked his message and replied that he saw thousands cheering on television.
“It was on television, I saw it” Trump explained.
“It was well covered at the time, George. Now I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good” Trump said.
New Poll Shows Most Believe Candidate’s Position On Policy Weighs More Than Candidate’s Personal Qualities
According to a September 19-22nd ABC News-Washington Post Poll where the largest segment of the polled respondents (36 percent) identified themselves as independents, the majority (61 percent) said that when deciding who to vote for as president, a candidate’s position on policy is more important than a candidate’s personal qualities (28 percent).
Clinton’s campaign team has spent millions running campaign ads attacking Trump’s character, including his unpredictable and volatile temperament, which a wide variety of polls have confirmed is one of his biggest weaknesses heading into the general election.
Trump has no real political experience and his articulated policies have evolved and shifted in a number of areas, ranging from banning Muslims, deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants, and upholding his economic plan that was originally estimated to lead to a nearly $10 trillion deficit in federal revenues but was recently altered to include fewer tax cuts and is now estimated to result in a revenue deficit of between $2.6 trillion and $3.9 trillion, after accounting for the larger economy, according to the Tax Foundation.
Trump is expected to use an arsenal of facts and bits of information against Clinton during the first presidential election debate Monday evening while attempting to explain how the U.S. economy under Democrat President Barack Obama has fallen short for many Americans.
A majority of Americans believe that the U.S. economy is the number one issue that the next president should address from the Oval Office.
During the Sept. 19-22nd ABC-Washington Post poll, 45 percent said that they are in about the same shape financially under President Obama than when he first entered the Oval Office.
The poll shows that 29 percent said they are better off and just 25 percent admitted they are not as well off.
Besides supporting a new tax plan that is heavily focused on tax cuts, Donald Trump wants to push an energy plan that relies heavily on backing the fossil fuel industry.
Trump also advocates for canceling free trade agreements such as NAFTA, and reversing the climate change Paris agreement signed earlier this month by the U.S. and China.