Unable to tower over her Republican rival and facing intensive scrutiny over prolonged health issues, the Commission on Presidential Debates has told Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton she will receive no special favors to accommodate her short stature or health concerns during Monday evening’s debate against Donald Trump.
Although often portrayed as five-feet, seven inches tall, the five-foot, four-inch Clinton had inquired with the Commission about the possibility she be granted step stool to even Trump’s height advantage. Commission officials refused the request, offering instead a custom-built podium to the former Secretary to oblige her height deficiency.
Similarly, the Commission has also broadcast there will be no commercial breaks during the course of the debate and host Lester Holt is not empowered to stop the 90-minute discussion for any reason.
“There are no commercial breaks, period,” a Commission source revealed to the Drudge Report.
While the former New York senator may be forced to live with the fact her true height may be disclosed to the world, Hillary’s health is an entirely different matter, as she has been prone to coughing fits at campaign rallies and was captured on film stumbling and appearing to faint after a 9/11 memorial service in New York City.
At a Sept. 5 rally in Ohio, Clinton was caught on film hacking uncontrollably and repeatedly drinking water. Over a five-minute period, the candidate barely appeared to recover, her voice cracking often as she alternatively paused to drink water and cover her mouth while attempting to generate support among spectators.
Unable to dictate terms, Clinton may be at an immeasurable disadvantage on Monday evening: The first debate in Hempstead, N.Y., expected to be watched by over 100 million viewers, is not a setting in which Clinton can afford to serve up another “deplorable” gaffe, let along cough or faint.
In four-way national polls, the Democratic nominee currently holds a 2.3 point advantage over Trump, with Libertarian Gary Johnson garnering over eight percent support. Clinton leads by three percent over Trump in a binary match-up.
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