Game on. I’m going to “live blog” some of this.
Trump has some women present who alleged they were harassed by Bill C.
Candidates taking high road to first question – so far.
Ooops. Donald went negative, but at least on issues.
Second question is about the tape. Sexual assault words used. Trump says it was “locker room talk” but not assault. ISIS. Wars. Bad things. Carnage all over the world. ISIS doing so well against us. Locker room talk. I will defeat ISIS. Bad judgment. This is almost parody!
I have great respect for women. I have never done those things. People pouring in from the Middle East. Make America safe and wealthy again. Other nations taking our jobs.
I’ve never questioned Republicans’ fitness to serve. Donald is different. What we all saw and heard was what he thinks about women and does to women. It represents exactly who he is, because it’s what he’s done during the campaign. He’s attacked women. Machado. But it’s not only women. He has also targeted immigrants and list. The question our country must answer – is this who we are? America already is great because we are good.
Trump staying calm. “It’s just words.” HRC terrible for black people.
Trump complaining about the moderation.
Asked if he’s changed since 2005. He attacks Bill Clinton. HRC staying calm. Brings up the woman present. 12 year old who was raped and Clinton laughed. Paula Jones here tonight. Clinton should be ashamed of herself.
HRC – he gets to run his campaign the way he chooses. He doesn’t have to answer the questions. Quoting Michelle Obama “When they go low, you go high” If this was just about one video, maybe his points would be on. He never apologizes. Never apologized to Kahn family. Never apologized to the Judge. Never apologized to disabled reporter. Never apologized for birtherism.
Trump says HRC stared birtherism. Michelle Obama attacked you. Cites Wikileaks. Debra Wasserman Shults. Bernie Sanders made a deal with the devil. Emails. If I win I’m going to prosecute her. Never so many lies. Clinton laughing.
HRC said to fact check and said that we should be thankful Trump not in power. Trump said, “You would be in jail.”
HRC – no evidence of hacking my server. No evidence any classified materials made it into wrong hands. Sorry I used private server.
Trump – 33 thousand emails deleted. Disappointed in congressman for allowing this to happen. Husband talked to attorney general.
Trump interrupting. Just attacked Anderson. Complaining not enough discussion of emails. Clinton brought up that Trump’s campaign is imploding with republicans jumping ship.
Question on Obamacare. Clinton wonkish in details. 95percent coverage. But needs fixing.
Trump – Obamacare is a disaster. Too expensive for individuals and country. Need to open up states to allow competition. She wants single payer plan, like canada.
Sorry, have to break away for awhile.
I think Trump is doing better than last time.
Okay, I’m back. They’re on vetting Muslims. Trump has moved from ban to “extreme vetting.” Clinton brings up kids hurt in Syria. Plays Russian card. Trump is fidgeting now.
Trump keeps bringing Bernie up. Probably a good strategy.
Wikileaks – she was talking about the movie Lincoln. Plays Russia card again.
Trump says she’s blaming her lies on Lincoln – doesn’t make sense.
“I know nothing about Russia.” Ooops.
Taxes again. He takes advantage of tax codes she won’t change. Carried interest to get rid of. Bring tax rates from 35 percent to 15. HRC raising your taxes. I’m lowering them. We have no growth. Deregulate.
Clinton says Donald in alternative reality. Says Donald will give corps tax breaks – massive gift. Would raise taxes on millions of middle class families. Nobody under 250 grand will have taxes raised. Gives a wonkish answer – talks about loopholes she voted against.
Trump – yes I did. I understand tax code. HRC has friends who want these things – carried interest. Buffet. Soros. He does pay taxes. Write off for depreciation. Doesn’t answer directly. Anderson frustrated. Clinton smile looks a little forced.
Trump interrupting again. brought up 30 years, which opened up opportunity for her to list her accomplishments, something she didn’t really do in first debate.
Clinton really pushing the Russian card in discussion of Allepo.
Trump – Obama laughingstock globally. We need new nuclear weapons. She talks tough against Russia and Assad, but she doesn’t know who the rebels are. Trump sniffing again.
Assad, Russia, and Iran killing ISIS.
Trump disagrees with Pence re facing down Russia and and all. ISIS ISIS ISIS.
Allepo has fallen.
Complains about telling enemy where you’re going to attack. Generals endorse me.
Clinton talks about arming the Kurds.
Trump complains that he isn’t given enough time to talk.
Repeats “what do you have to lose?” Clinton would do me favors.
Clinton listing her history of accomplishments in public service to counter Trump’s claim – seems effective.
Trump fidgeting too much, but not interrupting as much. Still interrupting, but not like the first debate. Is he coming across as statesman? Not to me, but I’m biased.
Clinton doesn’t answer deplorables question directly, says she erred in wording. Attacked his rallies. Trump says she has hatred in her heart.
Clinton talks about 08 recession and accomplishments since then. Trump says economy growth is slow.
Supreme Court last question. HRC brings up Roe v. Wade and marriage equality. Rights of corporations. Attacks Senate.
Trump wants another Scalia. Attacks Clinton for not financing her own campaign.
Energy under siege by Obama. Foreign companies buying our plants. Save coal. Natural gas.
So Trump didn’t come across as crazy. That was important. But he did throw his running mate under the bus and threaten to jail history, which really is something you expect in a banana republic.
Clinton didn’t really make any mistakes except maybe the Lincoln movie excuse.
Trump, by not being crazy, may have stopped the hemorrhaging. But Clinton has been ahead for the whole race. I think she’ll remain ahead.
And how did they hold a debate in St. Louis without a single question about policing?