There's a full 60 days until Election Day, but the nation's first side-by-side look at the two major party candidates is only the beginning of what is sure to be a long and painful presidential debate season. Even though Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did not share the stage at the same time last night, NBC's "Commander-in-Chief Forum" painted a pretty clear picture of who can command control of the debate stage. And it wasn't moderator Matt Lauer who, like all future debate moderators, had a seemingly impossible task of getting Trump to state some sensible, clear, specific policies on any topic. Lauer is getting ripped for spending 13 of 30 minutes with Clinton on her email scandal, but following a Friday afternoon news dump on the topic, we're not crying foul over Lauer's time management on what is the stickiest issue for Clinton in courting votes. But we do want to figure out how many minutes Lauer allowed Trump to go without stating an actual policy. We'd venture to say the full 30. Lauer's conversation with Trump and the audience full of veterans was pretty expansive, but we didn't come any closer to understanding what Trump would actually do if elected. Trump continued to be either willfully secretive (like his plan to defeat ISIL), self-contradictory (like his support for granting citizenship to undocumented immigrants who want to serve in the U.S. military), or downright unbelievable (like his unqualified praise for Putin). Meanwhile Clinton's plans for defeating ISIL and addressing the major challenges of caring for veterans have been published for months in some cases. We didn't hear a single new Clinton claim, even on the email scandal which could definitely use a new retort. We're not sure how the voting public will grade the candidate's answers to last night's Commander-in-Chief test, but we're hoping future debates can offer something new, and preferably clear.

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