Local professor speaks out about debate Sunday night

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, right, shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the start of the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — With less than 30 days until the election, local voters discuss the issues they’re concerned with. A local political science expert from Siena College shared his thoughts on the second presidential debate.

It will be an interesting Sunday night, especially after the leak of the Donald Trump tape from 2005.

“Never count a candidate out,” Leonard Cutler, Pre-Law Advisor and Political Science Professor at Siena College, said.

That candidate being Trump, even after a tape was released of him talking vulgar about women.

Cutler says the only result they can rely upon, is that on Election Day.

“The election isn’t over until we tabulate all of the results,” Cutler said.

Cutler says Trump’s base is still supporting him despite these new revelations.

Now, it’ll be even harder for him to reach beyond that base and get the support of the white, suburban female voter, which he’s already had difficulty with.

Cutler doesn’t suggest Trump personally attack Hillary or Bill Clinton at Sunday night’s debate.

“That would be counterproductive for him,” Cutler added. “I think it would further create all kinds of issues with respect to his legitimacy and credibility going forward.”

As for Clinton, Cutler suggests she stick with her approach from the first debate, and says when the opportunity comes, she’ll challenge Trump on his inconsistencies and policy positions.

“As to whether or not she’s going to attack him personally, I don’t see her doing that,” Cutler said. “I don’t think it would be wise for her to do that.”

While some Republicans are calling for Trump to drop out of the race, Cutler doesn’t believe it’s possible to replace him a few weeks before the election.

“We don’t have any historical precedence for this? Correct,” Cutler said. “So never say never in this world.”

At the Siena College library, students are holding a debate watch party Sunday night.

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