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Countdown Is on for Highly Anticipated Trump-Clinton Debate: 'The Super Bowl of Politics'


The first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may be the most anticipated in American history, with a worldwide audience expected for Monday night's faceoff to surpass 100 million viewers.

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CNN's media correspondent Brian Stelter told Inside Edition: “Every single American who is home on Monday night is going to be watching this debate. It is going to be the Super Bowl of politics."

Ahead of the debate at Hofstra University on Long Island, Hillary Clinton is said to be hunkered down at her home in Chappaqua, New York, with a team of advisers helping her prepare for the event that could change the outcome of the presidential race. There's even chatter that she's hired a psychologist to advise her on how best to rattle Trump.

Dr. Bart Rossi, a political psychologist, said: "I think the psychology here would be to hit him on his business failures, bankruptcies and other failures."

Stelter said Trump knows how to "create a show, create a scene that everyone is going to be talking about. Clinton has to practice for that as well as his policy positions." 

Clinton is said to be using stand-ins who play the role of her opponent, speaking and putting on a performance just like the bombastic Donald Trump.

Political pundit James Carville is reportedly playing Trump and billionaire businessman Mark Cuban has offered his services but was reportedly turned down. Comedian Jon Stewart and actor Alec Baldwin have also been mentioned as surrogates for the GOP presidential candidate.

"One of the hardest things about debate prep is finding someone who can stand there against the candidate and attack them," Stelter said. "It is incredibly hard this year because Donald Trump is an incredibly unusual candidate." 

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On Trump's side, daughter Ivanka may take a turn playing Clinton. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is another stand-in possibility.

“This gladiator battle is the show we have been waiting for all year," Stelter said. 

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