MARANA, Lithuania – With just six days to go before the start of the 2016 presidential election, the first real tests of the candidates’ policies will be laid bare.
The next two days will see the first major policy debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in an election that has been billed as the first test of a Republican-led administration.
The debate will be held in the southern Lithuanian city of Marana, with a total audience of around 10,000 expected to attend.
The two candidates are expected to spar for several hours on key issues including health care.
Both are committed to cutting taxes and regulation.
But Trump, who has called for the United States to “take a huge shot” at China, has been accused of running a campaign of lies and distortions in the past.
Trump has also been accused by rival Bernie Sanders of “deceit and deceit”.
Trump has insisted he will not be beholden to the party he defeated in the 2016 election, claiming his campaign was a “total success”.
He said that he would not be bound by the rules of the Republican Party, and would not abide by the “rigged” process that elected the party’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.
“I’m not going to do anything that’s going to undermine the legitimacy of the party,” Trump told the audience at his Marana rally.
“But I will be bound to the principles of the American people, which is to make the most of what’s at our disposal, because I believe we’re going to make a lot of money.”
We’re going in a different direction.
We’re going after the establishment.
We want to win.
We have a chance to do it, and we will.
“The candidates are also expected to address the issue of immigration, where both are on the same side of the issue, but their positions have been divergent.
Trump, who made his fortune by building casinos in Atlantic City, has said the US should stop accepting immigrants and deport undocumented immigrants, a position that could cost him in some states.
Clinton, meanwhile, has promised to work with Mexico to secure the border and deport all undocumented immigrants living in the US.
In addition, Trump has said he will build a wall along the US-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigration.
Both candidates have vowed to renegotiate the US trade relationship with China, where trade between the two countries is on a steep decline.
Trump said the United Nations should have a mandate to enforce the free trade agreement, and said he would impose tariffs on Chinese goods.
Clinton said she would be open to talks with China on the North American Free Trade Agreement, but has so far refused to take any action to bring China into the Paris Agreement on climate change.