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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – The stage is set for a dramatic showdown at Hofstra University in New York Monday night when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off in the first presidential debate of the general election.

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The three presidential debates (Monday; Sunday, October 9; and Wednesday, October 19) are the candidates’ highest-profile chance to change the narrative of the campaign—and with polls tightening between Clinton and Trump, the stakes for Monday’s debate couldn’t be higher.

In 2012, more than 70 million people watched the first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, and this year’s viewership could be even higher.

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Though both Clinton and Trump have participated in their fair share of primary debates earlier this year, this will be the first time they’ve appeared on stage together—and their first head-on confrontation of what’s already been a contentious campaign.

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