Outside the Box: Presidential debate should grill Trump and Clinton on national security

The U.S. presidential campaign is long, but often short on substance. Candidate speeches and news coverage fail to provide basic information about crucial issues. For instance, it is difficult to know where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on the question of presidential national security power and its limits.

The first presidential debate may provide answers. Moderator Lester Holt of NBC has a crucial opportunity on Monday night to ask the Republican and Democratic candidates pointedly about this important issue — a chance that his NBC colleague Matt Lauer missed during his “Commander in Chief Forum” earlier this month.

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