Clinton and Trump prepare to face off

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are set to square off on Monday for the first of three presidential debates, with both candidates hoping to court the large number of undecided voters. Ashraf Fahim reports.

(RESTRICTED POOL / CBS / REUTERS) – The stage is set for one of the biggest nights of the election so far.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square for the first of three debates on Monday… locking horns at Hofstra University in New York.

With Clinton’s lead in the polls dwindling, Trump has a golden opportunity to make headway.

Trump may be at a disadvantage when it comes to debating skills, but he has years of experience on reality TV to fall back on.

Clinton, on the other hand has struggled make herself relatable.

She was famously had to be reassured by Barack Obama during their debate that she was “likable enough”.

With 22 percent of voters undecided, and just six weeks before the election, the debate could be a turning point.

In what has been one of the ugliest elections in recent memory, anyone hoping the debate will be civil could be disappointed…

The candidates will face 90 minutes of questioning — but the real question is not whether but when the mud-slinging will begin.