Will Donald Trump's Charity Controversies Impact the Polls?

Political analyst Matthew Dowd discusses the impact of questions surrounding the Trump Foundation and what is at stake in the first 2016 presidential debate.
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Let's talk about this other political analyst Matthew gas and that now you have this new York new attorney general investigating the trunk foundations amid these allegations trump university. In court in California and possibly in New York edge as well at what point do these charges start to really wage combat. I think they're already gonna have an impact I think it's. Exceedingly problematic for Donald Trump and his campaign even make an argument for two months or three months against the clintons and their foundation now. It's almost as if Al Capone is accusing Bonny and Clyde being crooked. And you're in a position where you can't do that anymore so I think it's already beginning to undercut them. Meantime this comes up just before this first debate Monday night the stakes could not be higher you gonna have. More than nine million people may be more than a hundred million people watching nineteen inches to two of them on stage with the modern U boat both you and I have helped prep. Presidential candidates if firfer debates like this I think in this case would that kind of an audience both of them would have the same strategy if possible be as positive as you can't. Who they're gonna try that but I think it's incumbent upon Hillary's sort of break make Donald Trump break out and force the issue about term and I think it's incumbent on Donald Trump. To basically try to stay calm and steady but this is going to be a large its audience any of the these either candidate faces me three times as big as what watched the Republican Convention and the democratic commitment so. It's a Super Bowl size of that Lisa you think Hillary Clinton is under more pressure to go on offense to go on the attack. I think she had she's been dwindling in the polls that polls have closed over the last two weeks she has to actually force the issue I'm Donald Trump if Donald Trump doesn't do anything in this debate. He win so she has to force the attack prep for the campaigns couldn't be more different from what we hear Hillary Clinton tapering off the next six days full blown debate prep Donald Trump. Meeting with his visor roundtable throwing questions back and forth I think Hillary Clinton's really Smart about this because they if you look at the moments left in this campaign there's 43 presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. And those are the most important things let this not three rallies around the country I think taken time off resting is the best strategy in this moment Monday cannot be bigger that thinks that's.

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