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Politics

Behind the Scenes of the First Presidential Debate

Photographer Mark Peterson takes us behind the scenes at Hofstra University to capture the political drama of a presidential debate.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson is interviewed ahead of the debate at Hofstra University.

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Mark Cuban talks to a crowd of reporters.

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Rudy Giuliani is seen ahead of the first presidential debate at Hofstra.

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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and Gov. of New Jersey Chris Christie meet before the event. 

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A sign outside of Hofstra University is reflected in a TV camera lens.

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A camera takes position and the stage is readied for the main event.

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A reporter wears a wire ahead of the first presidential debate.

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Moderator Lester Holt is seen at NBC's presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. on Sept. 26, 2016.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrive on stage for the first presidential debate.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton answer questions from NBC Nightly News anchor and moderator Lester Holt. 

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at the first presidential debate.
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The spin room after the debate.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump answers questions from the media after the debate.
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