AP Reporter: Stakes are higher in final debate

President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, are set to square off in their final debate Thursday. AP's White House reporter, Jonathan Lemire says the debate still matters and can change the trajectory for both candidates. (Oct. 22)

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JONATHAN LEMIRE: So tonight, Thursday, what was to be the third debate is actually the second debate. But what it clearly is is the last debate. And the stakes couldn't be any higher. We are now-- we're less than two weeks out until the election. Joe Biden has significant leads in the national polling and smaller leads in many, perhaps most, of the battleground states. So this might be President Trump's last, best, big chance to change the directory of the race as he speaks tonight.

The debate still matters. Yes, there are fewer undecideds left this time than there were four years ago at this point in the cycle, of that there's no question. But there's enough where, if they were to break solidly for one candidate or the other, it would make a difference. The late undecideds in 2016 broke heavily for Donald Trump and helped give him that victory.