NBC and MSNBC will simulcast a primetime forum featuring Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump answering questions about national security and the military, in yet another example of TV-news outlets testing different methods to present Presidential candidates at a time of extreme viewer interest in politics.
On September 7, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a non-profit that works with veterans of wars fought over the last two decades or so, will host both major party presidential nominees, in a live broadcast in which each candidate will discuss issues the next president will have to confront as Commander-in-Chief. Trump and Clinton are not expected to appear together, but rather “back to back,” the organization said in an announcement Thursday night.
Three debates involving the candidates and one involving candidate for Vice President are set for the weeks ahead by The Commission on Presidential Debates. Those events, however, are open to all media and it is expected that all major broadcast and cable news networks will broadcast them, along with C-SPAN, the public-affairs cable outlet. By aligning itself with the non-profit veterans; group, NBC News and MSNBC are able to broadcast an event featuring Clinton and Trump limited to their own air.
More information is slated to be released about the event in coming weeks, IAVA said, including its format, moderators and location.
Clinton and Trump are expected to take questions on national security, military affairs and veterans issues from NBC News correspondents as well as from an audience that will be comprised mainly of military veterans and active service members, the organization said.
“On the cusp of the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York is a fitting stage to give voice to American veterans and service members that are all too often shut out of our political debate. IAVA members world-wide, 93% of whom say they’ll be voting in November, and many deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan right now, are ready to hear from the candidates and hold them accountable,” said Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IAVA, in a prepared statement. ” IAVA is honored to join with NBC on this significant event that will ensure that America’s next Commander-in-Chief, at least for one night, addresses our nation’s moral obligation to support and empower its 22 million veterans, our servicemembers and our military families.”