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What's important to voters in the upcoming presidential debate

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There's just one more day until the presidential candidates face off at the podium one-on-one for the first time, and it’s expected to be the "Super Bowl of politics."

With the first female candidate for a major political party, women are particularly engaged in this presidential election whether they like Hillary Clinton or not.

Cheryl Barnes is passionate about her right to vote. “I've been interested in voting for a long time because it seems like it's the great equalizer,” she said.

“Women didn't get the vote until August of 1920, so it's been less than 100 years that women have even been able to vote,” she explained. “We've had to fight for every last bit of opportunity and finally we're seeing it come to the floor with a woman running for president,” she continued. “So no matter what happens, she's broken important glass ceilings.”

Dave Helling, a political expert who works for the Kansas City Star, called it “must-see TV.” “It's like watching a football game,” he said. “You get to cheer for your team.”

With 20 percent of the electorate undecided, Clinton and Donald Trump are fighting for every vote. Helling said it’s no longer about the issues, however.

“They'll be looking for demeanor, approach, humor, personability,” he said, “rather than ‘Do I prefer his tax policy to hers?’ or any specific issue.”

The challenges for each candidate are different.

For Clinton, it’s trust. “People don't see her as honest, “ Helling explained. “That's a very difficult problem for her to deal with.”

For Trump, it’s his record of disparaging comments toward women. “If he is seen as overbearing to her or too aggressive or too misogynist in his statements to her, it could hurt him,” said Helling.

No matter where you stand politically, it’s important to be engaged and know who and what you’re voting for.

“These people who we elect will set the policy for taxes, for programs, for things that either help or harm us,” said Barnes.

CBS expects record viewership for Monday's debate. You can watch it at 8 p.m. on KCTV5.

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