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There was a scare Thursday that Donald Trump might not participate in the third presidential debate. After all, he decided when the GOP primary debates would end. Also, he had complained that Hillary Clinton had been given too much time in the second debate, although as it turns out, Trump had a total of 40 minutes, 10 seconds, while Hillary had 39 minutes, five seconds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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The Journal offered a few more details.

Top Moments

1. Trump dismisses his running mate: “He and I haven’t spoken, and I disagree.”
2. Trump responds to Clinton saying it’s good someone like him isn’t in charge of the law: “Because you’d be in jail.”
3. Trump: “No, I’m a gentleman, Hillary. Go ahead.”

The most-discussed topics

1. ISIS
2. Trump Tapes
3. Taxes
4. Government Ethics
5. Healthcare

As noted above, there was concern that Trump would refuse to participate in the third debate, according to the Daily Intelligencer.

Donald Trump blasted the Commission for Presidential Debates on Wednesday, claiming the bipartisan group is “rigged” and declaring himself “done” with it.

“The head guy worked for Bill Clinton. Ay yai yai. What a rigged deal this is,” Trump said at a rally in Florida. He was referring to CPD co-chair Mike McCurry, who served as Clinton’s press secretary for three and a half years. What Trump did not mention is that McCurry’s co-chair is Frank Fahrenkopf, chairman of the Republican National Committee while Ronald Reagan was president.

Trump went on to suggest that he might skip the third debate, scheduled for October 19 in Las Vegas. “I have no respect for that group, by the way, I’m done,” he said of the CPD. Trump spokesperson Jason Miller told the Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi that Trump does, in fact, plan to participate in the third debate.

However, if you listen closely to the tape, Trump didn’t say, “I’m done,” he said, “I have no respect for that group, by the way, I HAVE NONE.”

But the odd thing is that Trump just found out who’s in charge of the Commission on Presidential Debats—joint leadership by a Republican and a Democrat. How could a presidential candidate not know that?

Anyway, apparently the debate is on. And that’s good for people who want to bet on it. As we’ve said in our pages, there are many online sites for betting on the election. Our favorite is PredictIt, a New Zealand site that is very user friendly.

If you want to put your money where your mouth is, here are some of the things about the upcoming debate on which you can bet:

1. Viewership for the debate (how many people watch)

2. Who’ll have more speaking time (Trump did in the first two)

3. Who’ll “win” the debate, according to scientific polls

4. Whether a 3rd Party Candidate will participate

5. Whether “John Podesta” will be mentioned (Wikileaks emails)

6. Or “Evan McMullin” (3rd party candidate)

7. Or “Paul Ryan” (House Speaker and party leader)

8. Or “Retirement Age” (Social Security)

9. Or “Lock Her Up” (a chant at Trump rallies)

10. Or “Merrick Garland” (Obama’s obstructed Supreme Court nominee)

11. Will they shake hands before the debate (they didn’t last time)

12. And, finally, will Trump participate in all three debates?

Of course, we’re not encouraging you to gamble. If you participate, you can lose real money. Bet at your own risk.

The upcoming debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace, of Fox News. He has already said he will not “fact check” the candidates, but if he hears a questionable answer, he intends to give the opponent a chance to do so.

Fox has also announced the topics of the debate.

Chris Wallace announces topics for third presidential debate

The topics have been chosen for third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday.

The debate, moderated by Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace, will take place on Wednesday, October 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The topics selected by Wallace, not necessarily to be brought up in this order, include:

Debt and entitlements

Immigration

Economy

Supreme Court

Foreign hot spots

Fitness to be President

The format calls for six 15-minute time segments, with each 15-minute segment focusing on each of the topics.

Tune in live for the final Presidential Debate on Wednesday, October 19th.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Can’t stand little Chris Wallace. He’s the closet lefty of FNC even though his party affilation is kept under wraps. But I know he’s as much of a scum-o-crat as the mild-boy Wan Williams. If little Wallace should want to be fair, and not splendiferous, he could ask perfectly legitimate questions about interesting topics that I would like, such as: energy [fracking, shale/nat gas, coal, keystone pipeline, getting off opec oil, etc]; Tort reform as it relates to healthcare; Building more prisons; temporary moratorium on muslim immigration ( I repeat…t e m p o r a r y – not more than a decade), and regulating the slanderous & libelous media. The standard would be FNC, even though that snide wench kelly is trying to get hrc elected because she’s just as much a scum-o-crat as little wallace.

    • You are an idiot. You want to “regulate” the media? And use Fox news as a model? You think Chris Wallace is a Democrat? Did you miss Bill Clinton smacking Wallace down for doing “a conservative hit job” on him? Wallace is a Democrat, just as much as you are an intelligent creature.
      One of the things that has kept this nation free is the free media. Do you intend also to remove the right to free speech guaranteed to every American?
      Oh, I forgot, all you good christian good ole boys care about are gun rights. Well I guess I shouldn’t keep you, I know your robe is waiting, and that cross ain’t gonna burn itself.
      By the way, do you really have that much trouble spelling Democrat, or is that supposed to be clever?
      Its not.

      • See your back to your old self.. insulting & grumpy.
        Free media?? Since when. 1st. Everything became “digital”. We pay for our services now.
        2nd. It has become a monopoly. The only free expression that is left is internet. Which brings in …
        #3… We just gave up some very important rights from our beloved Internet to the UN!!!
        Stupid GLOBALIST agenda BS.

        As regards to the gun rights..
        Our country learned from the past… They seen first hand the horror of too much government control. The frustration to not be able to protest… The horrible rights taken from law abiding citizens… That is why we have the Bill of Rights.

        Now let’s play… ?

        • You are a fool, and since you are reading this on the internet, I’m sure you will believe it. Anything on the internet is true.

          Enjoy your Breitbart, and Infowars, in other words enjoy your willful ignorance. And most of all be sure to pay hommage to Dinesh DSouza’s absolute truths.

          Enjoy supporting the candidate who is doing his best to bring this campaign, and this nation down. He is going down in flames, and is probably taking the senate, and maybe even the house with him.

          I would say see you on 11/8 for Trump’s concession speech, but I doubt that he will be gracious enough to admit defeat. So I will just say see you on Trump humiliation day.

            • She had no control over security at the Bengazi compound. Those people serve in hostile locations like that knowing the danger.

              I’ve seen the “hearing” that partisan republicans held to persecute her, knowing that there was no reason for further investigation. They made fool’s of themselves

              I never cease to wonder at how your kind can be so outraged that four Americans lost their lives in service to their country, but do not even consider holding Bush/Cheney responsible for the loss of thousands of our soldiers in a war that never should have happened.

              As I said before, enjoy your delusions and your coming humiliation. Trump cannot even sucessfully run a business ( multiple bankruptcies, billion dollar losses in a single year) or control his own temper, and you think he could be president.

              You will see that with Clinton as president, with a Democratic Senate and possibly a Democratic house, this country will soon be headed in a positive direction.

              And, by the way Donald Trump will be but a footnote in history.

            • You didn’t watch the video… YOU ASSUMED.
              Jilly, the ARB (Accountability Review Board) is made up of a team after an attack happens… In 1999 after an attack we learned a few things. One of the most important and the one Hillary did take a responsibility for, was that she was ultimately responsible. Now you can say what you will about the other things, the investigation why it took so long, or why the stand down order was it in place, why she said it was a video instead of it was an ongoing investigation… Even if everyone was watching. It was being streamed online… ? sigh.

              I am going to ask you to skip to 4:50.. if you do that then you will understand why she had blood on her hands. She shouldn’t have been meeting with the highest donors HALF the time. She should have been overseeing her position. She should have taken the lead and commanded the rescue.
              Sir, she retired after serving a few years, she wore those prism glasses, and was unable to head attend the ARB. She also could not share much of the data, emails and messages because they were on a different server. Her own. She had no .gov address that was used for business because “it was more convenient”. If Trump would have done any of those things you would be up in arms!!!

            • You are the ass, I have seen that hearing, that is your interpretation, and as usual it is colored by your Breitbart fueled world view.

              Face it Trump is just about to go three losses for three debates, follow it up the loss of the election.

              I am not up in arms about Trump because he is just about to disappear.

            • I am sticking to the topic, you want to get your “facts” from the most right wing truth starved sources an then proceed to ignore the actual truth. You are a true Trumper, damn the facts, full speed ahead.

              As I said before, enjoy your crushing defeat.

      • Kelly is a close 2nd to Juan Williams. Watching the Kelly files is like watching CNN. Personally I take breaks during her show.

        Kelly can’t stay away from degrading Trump.

        She’s said herself “People only think I’m conservative.”

  2. Please kindly include the debate topics such as: What is the spouse role to the President and the nonprofit is controlled by a public policymaker such as Secretary of State and/or President of USA.
    1). What is the spouse role to the president? Will the president be dictated by the spouse such as Hillary Clinton will work as Queen of UK and Bill Clinton will work as Prime Minister of UK? We must clearly understand that spouses are not elected on a joint ticket with their partners.
    2). While donations to a nonprofit are not illegal, questions must be raised when the donation amounts are in the millions and the nonprofit is controlled by a public policymaker.

    • And yet you are not worried that Trump would use the presidency to make billion dollar deals profiting his family at the expense of the taxpayers?

        • He has not said one word about bringing his manufacturing companies jobs here, yet you believe he will make others bring back jobs?

          Believe what you will, you are supporting the loser.

          We will see on 11/8.

          • He DOESN’T own a manufacturing plant… Again he has a PRODUCT LINE. You are so sad sometimes, JILLY. .
            I was right you know!

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