Because they’re the Clintons and they get to change the rules anytime they want, they just did.
Hours before the final presidential debate, the Clintons have convinced the folks who organize these events that the families will be seated so that they don’t need to cross the other candidate’s families’ paths.
This was done at the request of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, as Donald Trump has placed some of the women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault right in the front row.
It didn’t happen at the last debate, but it left open the chance that Bill Clinton would have had to shake hands with or greet some of his accusers.
Well, they’re taking no chances tonight in Las Vegas, The New York Times is reporting.
The Clinton side has apparently gained approval of a different protocol for the entry of the candidates’ spouses and families into the debate hall.
The new arrangement calls for the candidates’ spouses to enter the hall closer to their seats, rather than crossing the room, and each other’s paths.
That would avoid any potential for confrontations, given Mr. Trump’s penchant for dramatic stunts.
Neither campaign responded immediately to requests from the Times. They report that it’s possible a different seating arrangement could be arranged again before Wednesday night’s debate, which starts at 9 p.m. Eastern.
The unease over the families and how they interact echoes the nature of the candidates themselves and their interaction.
In a departure from tradition, the two candidates refused to shake hands with each other at the beginning of the debate, though they did at the end of the 90-minute squareoff.
On Sunday, Trump was engaged in debate prep. His sparring partner – taking the place of Hillary – was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Mr. Christie helped sharpen Mr. Trump for his last debate performance, helping him to more aggressively and coherently attack Mrs. Clinton over her use of a private email server, the adviser said. This time, Mr. Trump’s advisers are preparing lines related to Mrs. Clinton’s health, which Mr. Trump has sought to make an issue of after her bout of pneumonia in September.
The Clinton team said they’re prepared for anyone who Trump decides to invite to the debate:
“Whatever scorched-earth tactics he has planned for the debate, we will be ready and she will be unfazed,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton.