Clinton camp responds as Gennifer Flowers confirms she will attend first debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will go head to head on Monday evening

Clinton camp responds as Gennifer Flowers confirms she will attend first debate

The Clintons have had close ties to both Teneo and Declan Kelly. Image: Carolyn Kaster / AP/Press Association Images

Hillary Clinton has responded to the news that Gennifer Flowers will attend the first debate between the two presidential nominees on Monday evening at New York's Hofstra University. 

Flowers, who came forward during the 1992 election to state that she had a long-running extramarital relationship with Bill Clinton, was invited to the debate by the Republican nominee Donald Trump, and confirmed to the New York Times by text message that she would attend. 

In a statement responding to the news that Flowers would be present on the night, Communications Director for the Clinton camp, Jennifer Palmieri, said that Clinton would be discussing the issues at the debate, unlike her opponent. 

"Hillary Clinton plans on using the debate to discuss the issues that make a difference in people's lives," read the statement. "It's not surprising that Donald Trump has chosen a different path." 

Clinton's camp has invited businessman Mark Cuban to the debate, in a story which is becoming a sideshow to the event itself. The billionaire owner of NBA side Dallas Mavericks has been a vocal critic of Trump, and took to social media to state that he would be in the front row on Monday evening. 

Trump responded to that news that Cuban would be attending on Twitter, referencing his reality show The Benefactor, which was similar to Trump's The Apprentice show, but was canceled after one season.

Donald Trump Jr., the son of the Republican presidential nominee, spoke to Sky News on Sunday as he sought to reassure those who might see his father as dangerous.

"My father's going to have the media, everyone, both sides - Republican, Democrats - watching every move that he makes," explained Trump Jr.

"For those who say: 'Oh he's so dangerous', there is nothing dangerous about it. "He is going to have the greatest system of checks and balances in place watching him.

"If Hillary Clinton gets in, the media is going to give her a pass as they have with every scandal she's had for the last 30 years, everything that's going to go unchecked. The liberals will push that agenda and the Republicans have shown that they're, generally speaking, too weak to actually take them on."

"So the safe candidate is the guy who is going to have the scrutiny of the world watching him and I think that should go a long way with people who are undecided who may not be thrilled with the other choice."

According to an Associated Press-GFK poll, more than 85% of voters say they will not change their mind about who to vote for, while 13% say they are undecided.