Clinton v Trump: Round 1
IT’S billed as the political showdown of the century – and Yangonites will be able to watch.
50th Street Bar is hosting a delayed broadcast of the opening US presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tomorrow evening.
After one of the longest, nastiest campaigns in American history, this will be the first time that Clinton and Trump directly square off face-to-face.
“[It] will certainly be a pivotal moment in the campaign,” said Laura Grace from Democrats Abroad – the official Democratic Party arm for expat Americans – who is organising the watch party.
Commentators from across the political spectrum agree. Clinton’s seemingly unassailable lead from earlier in the cycle has all but evaporated in recent weeks. According to one analysis from statistician Nate Silver, who correctly predicted every state result of the 2012 campaign, Clinton now has only a 58 percent chance of winning – down from almost 90pc in August.
“It is now clear that the race will be much closer than many predicted,” Grace said.
While the event is being organised by Democrats Abroad, Yangon’s Republicans, Greens and even Libertarians (should such a subset actually exist) are also invited to watch. As too are the political and apolitical from around the world.
“Whether non-Americans are genuine political nerds or just curious what the fuss is about, or simply want to be entertained, this debate will have something to offer,” Grace said.
She said Americans will be able to register to vote at the event if they haven’t already done so. Americans unable to attend can register to vote at votefromabroad.org.
“As an expat, it can be tempting to ignore what’s happening back home – especially politics. But American politics will affect you no matter where you live.”
She said there are more than 8 million American citizens living abroad which could tilt the race one way or another.
Tomorrow’s debate is the first of three before the November 8 election. It will be divided into the loftily titled topics of “America’s Direction”, “Achieving Prosperity” and “Securing America”.
According to The New York Times, the total television audience may reach 100 million viewers – the largest ever for a US presidential debate.
The debate watch party will be held tomorrow from 6:30pm-9pm (a delayed feed 10 hours after the live event) at 50th Street Bar, 9/13 50th Street, Botataung township.
Few are expecting a civil debate between US presidential candidates tomorrow.