2016 Debate Details Revealed: Clinton Gets First Question

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Construction crews hang part of the set as preparations continue for the Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, presidential debate between Democratic Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
Construction crews hang part of the set as preparations continue for the Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, presidential debate between Democratic Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. J. David Ake / AP

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Debate officials have released the details of Monday night's presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

The first debate of the election season will be moderated by NBC News' Lester Holt at Hofstra University in Hempstead New York.

The 90-minute debate will be broken into six, 15 minute "pods," the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Sunday.

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Clinton's podium will be stage left and Trump's podium will be stage right, the CPD said.

Clinton will receive the first question. She will have two minutes to answer and Trump will have two minutes to respond.

That will be followed by 10 minutes of open conversation and debate.

Some of the rules were made by agreement between the campaigns and some were decided by coin toss — but CPD wouldn't say which ones.

The debate will be held before an audience of 1,000 viewers in the hall. The three largest ticket blocks are going to the two campaigns and Hofstra. The university said they are giving all of their tickets to students, which they say they also did in 2008 and 2012.

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