The first presidential debate will take place this Thursday. We’ll talk about the ground rules and the risks and opportunities the debates present for each candidate.


  • Alan Schroeder associate professor of journalism, Northeastern University
  • Alexis Simendinger national correspondent for the "National Journal"
  • Thomas Mann senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How To Get It Back On Track"


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