Clinton wants change to handshake protocol at final debate: report
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCommunion vote puts spotlight on Hispanic Catholics Trump's biggest political obstacle is Trump The Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them MORE’s campaign has asked to change the setup of the pre-debate greetings on Wednesday night, The New York Times reports.

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At the previous two debates, the spouses of both candidates have met to shake hands. But this time around, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWhite House pushes back on claims Biden doing too little on voting rights The Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them Boeing's top lobbyist leaves company MORE and Melania Trump will enter the debate hall in a way that avoids having the families cross paths. 

Two people with direct knowledge of the situation told the Times that the Clinton camp requested the change after the last debate after GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE invited three women who’ve accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and fourth whose rapist Hillary Clinton was court-appointed to defend in 1975.

There was speculation Trump would have the women sit with his family, ensuring they would cross paths with the former president as the start of the event.

The Commission on Presidential Debates stepped in at the last debate to say that said if Trump did seat the women in his box, security officers would remove them.