The Lid: How to Watch Tonight’s Commander-in-Chief Forum

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Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…

Tonight’s the night! Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will each face questions on national security, military affairs and veterans’ issues during tonight’s Commander-in-Chief forum, presented by NBC News and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and simulcast on MSNBC and NBC. Veterans in the audience, as well as moderator Matt Lauer, will press both candidates to make their case to serve as the leader of the United States and its armed forces.

You can watch the event live at 8pm ET on NBC News, MSNBC or online. And there’s more! We’ll have 360 degree digital coverage, including a live blog, breaking analysis, fact-checks, and a live stream of the event, all at Plus, you can follow along on Twitter at #NBCNewsForum.


Both candidates face hurdles in making their case to military voters. Here’s why.

Ahead of tonight’s Commander-In-Chief forum, here’s what Clinton and Trump have said about the military and national defense.

Trump called for increased military spending in a defense speech Wednesday, NBC’s Ali Vitali reports.

Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 19 points among voters who are currently serving or have previously served in the U.S. military, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

Trump narrowed his ad-spending gap with Clinton but is still being outspent 6-to-1, according to Advertising Analytics.

There is a deep partisan divide in how the public assesses the threat of a major terrorist attack in the U.S., according to a new Pew Research Center poll.

Neither candidate is crisp on ISIS, Sen. Bob Corker said on “Morning Joe.”

And from First Read: Five reasons national security is playing a big role this election.


“I believe Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. I accept his birthplace. I just don't know where he's coming from on foreign policy and on economics and on Obamacare."

  • Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence


Hillary Clinton campaigns in Charlotte.

Chelsea Clinton campaigns for her mother in Scranton.

Trump is in Cleveland.