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Tuesday on Political Rewind: The first presidential debate is finally here. What can viewers expect on stage tonight from the candidates?

Polling shows many voters are planning on tuning in. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said the most important thing for candidates to be prepared to stick to their message during what is expected to be a raucous debate.

"Make sure you are able to get your message, your ideas, through the haze and to your voters," Thurmond said.

For former Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, the key is clarity.

"You don't want to respond to the cheap shot," he said. "You want to come across as the competent, steady individual."

Our panel of political insiders and experts discussed the debate and the latest in Georgia politics.


Audrey Haynes — Political Science Professor, The University of Georgia

Michael Thurmond — DeKalb County CEO

Sam Olens — Former Georgia Attorney General

Tamar Hallerman – Senior Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution