NBC political correspondent on what viewers can expect from the debate

Posted at 7:18 PM, Oct 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-09 20:18:52-04

Andrea Mitchell has covered presidential elections in the past. She’s never seen one like this, though. 41 Action News Reporter Lexi Sutter interviewed her Sunday.

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have largely avoided talking about their policies, and rather this election has been more about controversy.

The first question Sunday night will address the recently surfaced video of Donald Trump making vulgar comments about women.

“I think it’s going to be almost immediately, and I think Hillary Clinton will not bring it up, she’ll play it by ear I’m told,” said Mitchell. “If the people bring it up, she’ll respond, but I think it will come up very quickly.”

Mitchell believes the 40 pre-selected, undecided voters who will ask the candidates questions have a lot of control over the direction of the debate.

“I think these 40 people have a lot of power over that. Because I think if any of them get really argumentative with the other, they are the ones who can say ‘we want to hear about the budget, jobs, ISIS,’” Mitchell explained. “They can try to shift it back to policy. I’m hungry for that, I’ve never seen a political campaign less about policy.”

In the final stretch until Election Day, Mitchell said it will be every man/woman for themselves.

“I’ve never seen a political party in meltdown. So to see the Republican Party now worried about a complete wash, they have to hold on to the House which was never at play, they have to hold on to the Senate and I think it’s going to be every person for themselves.”



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