WASHINGTON—As good a preview as you might expect of Tuesday night's first U.S. presidential debate in Cleveland came from a recent exchange between CNN host Jake Tapper and candidate for first lady Jill Biden: "Your husband has been known to make the occasional gaffe," Tapper said. "You can't even go there. After Donald Trump , you cannot even say the word gaffe," the former second lady said. Most people will instantly recognize the points both Tapper and Biden were making: Democratic candidate Joe Biden is famous for wandering off script and getting into trouble; President Donald Trump has built a career out of discarding the script altogether and making trouble. Typically, commentators watch these debates too fixated on the possibility of a "knockout punch" — an ultrarare election-defining barb. This year, the appropriate fight-game metaphor is more likely to be a count-out disqualification due to one or both candidates staggering away from the ring. That is, it's less likely that a moment from either candidate will bring to mind Lloyd Bentsen 's 1988 "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy," or that one will channel Rick Perry 's 2016 long silence while he failed to recall a significant part of his own… Read full this story
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