HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — With just six days to go before the first presidential debate of the season, final preparations are underway at Hofstra University on Long Island.

Large, black metal barricades create a security perimeter around the David Mack Arena and driving restrictions for Monday’s debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have been announced.

Hofstra got this first debate when Wright State University in Ohio pulled out.

It’s Hofstra’s third time hosting a presidential debate, but it could be the most watched in history, said Rosanna Perotti, chairwoman of the political science department.

“And what would be most important about it is whether or not each of them has a presidential, commanding, a civil presence,” she told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

A university spokesman said 7,500 students have entered a lottery to be in the arena Monday night, but if the past is any indication, only a few hundred seats will be allotted, Diamond reported.

Meanwhile, the moderator of the first debate has chosen a trio of topics for the event: America’s direction, prosperity and security.

The Commission on Presidential Debates said moderator Lester Holt will follow a format that calls for six 15-minute time segments. Each topic will get two segments, according to the commission.

The 90-minute debate will begin at 9 p.m. EDT.

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Comments (4)
  1. Justin L. Tindall says:

    I’m glad you young kids are inept enough to understand the system. These two choices makes one want to vomit.

  2. Barbara Guest says:

    In the interest of informing the voters and your students, the college and the broadcasters should refuse to televise the debate unless all candidates that wish to be in the debates are permitted on stage. The 15% polling average is a joke, not accurate and biased. It serves only one purpose, to prevent any third party from being heard. CPD is controlled by the two party system and will not change unless the people demand it.

  3. The Facts says:

    Hildabeast is probably consulting with the devil in preparation.

  4. AngyPaints says:

    There are millions of Americans that want and deserve to have a third voice. We want Gary Johnson to be that voice. He needs to be included into the debates.

    It’s clear to see that Americans want Gary Johnson in the debates. August 25, 2016 poll by Quinnipiac demonstrates, 62 percent of American voters wish to see Johnson allowed in the presidential debate. Among 18-34 year olds, this number rises to a staggering 82 percent.

    Just yesterday, a new poll shows that 14% in Pennsylvania, up 2 points from less than 2 weeks ago — despite our name not being included in the top line of questions. And we are polling 15% or higher now in 15 other states.

    America wants Gary Jonson in the debates.
    Thank you.

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