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Presidential Debate: 5 Issues Expected to Dominate

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Students acting as 'stand-ins' for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump take part in a rehearsal for the first U.S. presidential debate at Hofstra University on September 25, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 26 Sep 2016 08:52 AM

A wide range of issues will no doubt pop up during Monday night’s first presidential debate between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The official debate topics for the first 90-minute match-up at New York's Hofstra University are “America’s Direction,” “Achieving Prosperity,” and “Securing America." The three themes could pack a variety of issues for both candidates, who may also bring up their own subjects.

A recent Bloomberg Politics national poll puts the two candidates at neck-and-neck with 46 percent each leading into the debate. The tight race makes the first debate all the more important for candidates and viewers.

Here are five issues expected to dominate:

1. The economy — While the Labor Department reports that unemployment remains just under 5 percent, the U-6 rate, which measures the unemployed, underemployed, and discouraged, has reached more than 9 percent in the past year, according to CNBC. While Trump describes America as being in a state of decline with a crumbling infrastructure, Clinton will likely try her best to emphasis signs of a stronger economy and continued recovery, according to Inc.

2. Immigration — Trump has called for the building of a wall between Mexico and the U.S., the deportation of 11 million illegal immigrants, and a ban on Muslims entering the country. However, he has since moderated those positions, such as a stronger vetting process for immigrants and banning those connected to countries with a high level of terrorist activity. Clinton favors Obama’s executive orders to allow illegal immigrants to remain in the country. She also wants comprehensive immigration reform to gradually allow undocumented aliens in the U.S.

3. Taxes and Obamacare — Trump favors slashing income tax rates and caps on deductions for the wealthy. His plan includes reducing the business tax rate to 15 percent and eliminating the estate tax, according to NPR. Clinton, meanwhile, wants to raise taxes for the wealthy, targeting people making more than $5 million a year. She would also limit certain deductions and increase the estate tax.

Obamacare, supported by Clinton and opposed by Trump, has included increased taxes and tax credits. The controversial law has lowered the uninsured rate, but fewer insurance companies are participating due to costs, limiting choices by exchange enrollees, who also face rising premiums.

4. Terrorism — Terror-related bombings and stabbings in the U.S. in the weeks and days leading up to the debates have created a national fear. Trump blames Obama for mishandling immigration procedures and for bringing terrorists to American shores because of continued Middle Eastern flare-ups. He emphasizes stronger police profiling of Muslims and refugees.

Clinton uses her experience as secretary of state to face terrorists with “courage and vigilance,” according to The New York Times. She says Trump’s comments on Islam “have been used online for the recruitment of terrorists.”

5. Police shootings — The police shootings of black victims, including the two incidents just this month in Oklahoma and North Carolina, have sparked protests and riots across the country and reignited concerns about rising crime and America's security. Clinton has called for police reform, saying, “Too many people have lost their lives who shouldn’t have,” according to Politico.

The Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union, endorsed Trump earlier this month, The Hill reported, though the FOP top official later commented that Trump "must be mindful of the due process rights and presumption of innocence accorded to all, including police officers," according to Politico. The remark came after Trump appeared to immediately blame the police officer for the fatal shooting of a black man in Tulsa on September 16.

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