Getting into the audience at the presidential debate – and earning the chance to ask the candidates a question – isn’t as simple as buying a ticket.
The Commission on Presidential Debates worked with Gallup, a research and polling company, to randomly select uncommitted registered voters from the area around St. Louis, where the debate is being held.
Uncommitted voters include people who have not made up their minds, or are leaning toward one nominee but could still be persuaded to vote for the other.
When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off during Sunday’s town-hall-style debate, it won’t just be audience members lobbing questions at them. For the first time, moderators can also relay ideas submitted online through the Open Debate Coalition, a nonpartisan group working to make debates more accessible.
“We’re really thrilled,” said Lilia Dixon, the coalition’s director. “We have such a wide variety of questions from all over the ideological spectrum.”
Fourteen thousand questions were submitted in a forum online, where 3 million votes were cast to choose the favorites. The most popular were questions about gun control, but from opposite ideological perspectives – one asking the candidates how they would close gaps in the background check system, the other asking how they would protect citizens’ ability to protect themselves.
After nearly two weeks of turmoil that pushed his party toward mutiny, Donald Trump hoped to right his faltering campaign and end the exodus of Republican supporters with a steady and reassuring performance in tonight’s second presidential debate.
Before an audience certain to be in the tens of millions, the GOP nominee was to face his first public grilling over a 2005 video in which he crudely boasted of sexually mauling women and getting away with tawdry behavior because of his celebrity.
The opportunity to directly confront his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for one of the last times in the campaign was also a chance for Trump to signal his approach to the final month of the contest and the degree to which he would mix confrontation with at least some amount of contrition.
“Today” co-anchor Billy Bush has been asked to take a break in light of his role in the leaked recording of his lewd conversation with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
An NBC News spokesperson confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Bush would not be at work Monday for the NBC show’s 9 a.m. hour. The decision comes after a weekend in which audio of him exchanging sexist remarks with Trump ran in heavy rotation on cable news.
President Obama cast Donald Trump's vulgar "hot mic" comments about women as further evidence of the insecurity he has displayed throughout the campaign.
The president, speaking at a campaign event Sunday in Chicago for Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth, did not specifically cite Trump's recorded remarks, which came to light in a 2005 video that surfaced Friday.
"I don't need to repeat it. There are children in the room," he said.
After a recording of Donald Trump making vulgar remarks about women roiled the presidential race, speculation is mounting about the contents of unaired footage from the 11 years the GOP nominee hosted “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
The questions spiked after a former producer of the “The Apprentice” tweeted that there was more damaging recordings of Trump than the 2005 recording that contained his talking about trying to sleep with a married woman and using crass terms for women’s anatomy.
For people who have been watching presidential debates for a long time, it may feel like the action keeps returning to one city: St. Louis.
It’s not their imagination. St. Louis has hosted more debates than any other city.
Sunday night's showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the city's fourth presidential face-off, all of them hosted at Washington University. The school also held a vice presidential debate in 2008.
Donald Trump’s 2005 lewd and predatory comments about women, uncovered Friday with the release of old “Access Hollywood” video, was the latest instance of questionable treatment of women by Trump since he began running for president in June 2015.
Trump in turn is historically unpopular with female voters. A recent Pew Research Center report found that he polled at 35% support among women.
Here’s a timeline of controversies regarding women since the launch of Trump’s campaign.
Gov. Mike Pence struggled uncomfortably this summer when he was forced to address Donald Trump’s maligning of a Mexican American judge from Indiana, Pence’s home state.
“If I wanted to comment on everything that’s said in the presidential campaigns, I would have run for president,” Pence said after giving Trump a brief rebuke for his remarks about federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was presiding over lawsuits filed against the defunct Trump University real estate program. “I’m focused on the state of Indiana.”
Pence relinquished the luxury of avoiding Trump’s controversies five weeks later when he signed on as Trump’s running mate, taking on a life of comparing Trump to Ronald Reagan and waxing about the strength of his broad shoulders. Others had made it clear that they could not or would not take the job.
At a GOP fundraiser in this picturesque swath of southeastern Wisconsin, Donald Trump was supposed to join the state’s popular congressman, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, for their first joint campaign event Saturday.
But Ryan, the nation’s highest-ranking Republican who has struggled to embrace Trump’s candidacy, rescinded the invitation after a recording emerged of the GOP presidential nominee making vulgar comments about groping women.
When Ryan took the stage to speak Saturday, shock and anger over the incident was still palpable. But to Ryan’s disappointment, it was mostly directed at him.