This may turn into a bat­tle of wit — and grit

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - By Michael A. Me­moli

WASH­ING­TON — Per­haps never have Amer­i­cans been as fa­mil­iar with both pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nees as they are with the two on the de­bate stage Mon­day night.

Nei­ther Hillary Clin­ton nor Don­ald Trump needs to spend much time in­tro­duc­ing them­selves to vot­ers. In­stead, they will seek to use the fo­rum to sharpen at­tacks, pro­voke and knock the other off bal­ance.

The re­sult could be a bat­tle of psy­chol­ogy as much as pol­icy.

“Any­thing is pos­si­ble,” said Dr. El­iz­a­beth Os­soff, chair of the psy­chol­ogy depart­ment at St. Anselm Col­lege in New Hamp­shire. “In the past, we might have been able to pre­dict where the can­di­dates were go­ing to go in terms of their pol­icy strengths. … But I also think they know what peo­ple have been re­spond­ing to, and the mod­er­a­tor is go­ing to go to some of th­ese char­ac­ter is­sues as well.”

Here are hur­dles Clin­ton and Trump must over­come to sway the elec­torate: Trump thrived in the free­wheel­ing GOP pri­mary de­bates, re­ly­ing on his gift of

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