'Showman' Trump And 'Wonkish' Clinton Race To Lower Debate Expectations

Recognizing that the debate about the presidential debates on social media could have as much influence on public opinion as the candidates’ words, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is taking preemptive steps to guide the conversation online.

Days before the first presidential debate between Clinton and Donald Trump, scheduled for Monday night at Hofstra University, the Democratic nominee’s communications staff reportedly detailed a social media strategy for supporters in a conference call Thursday.

“This could be potentially the most important set of debates we’ve seen in the modern era,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell.

O’Connell said the detailed reporting on Clinton’s strategy may raise expectations for her, as will the general sense that Democrats view Trump as “a know-nothing dodo.” 

Read more from Stephen Loiaconi at WJLA

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