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.
Oct. 9, 2016, 11:03 p.m.
He was talking like he would become some dictator of a Banana Republic and throw her and his political enemies in jail.
Robby Mook, campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, on Donald Trump's threat to look into her email situation if elected
The notion that Muslims should police each other for suspicious behavior sparked a viral hashtag on social media, #MuslimsReportStuff, with debate viewers offering humorous takes on Trump’s comments about Muslims.
The hashtag quickly became a vehicle to criticize Trump’s political platform and comment on the broader view of Muslims in American society.
“Hello, I’d like to report a dangerous racist misogynist demagogue on my TV… yes, I’ll hold,” Zainab Chaudary wrote.
Eight audience members asked questions of the nominees Sunday night. By night's end, some had been declared the "winners" of the chaotic town hall debate and at least one audience member inspired a fake Twitter account and a song.
Here are the questions and everything we know about the questioners:
1. Patrice Brock: The last debate could have been rated as MA, mature audiences, per TV parental guidelines.... Do you feel you're modeling appropriate and positive behavior for today's youth?
Hillary Clinton boarded her campaign plane to fly home to New York after Sunday's second presidential debate saying she "feels great."
As for her opponent, Donald Trump, she said, "I saw what I expected to see."
Asked about Trump's decision to invite women who have accused her husband of sexual misconduct to the debate, Clinton said, "Nothing surprises me" — except, she later added, "the absolute avalanche of falsehoods" from Trump.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta said Donald Trump tried and failed to divert attention from the controversies roiling his campaign by injecting women who have made sexual accusations about former President Bill Clinton into the debate in an attempt to rattle the Democratic nominee.
“She was able to talk about the positive things she wanted to do; he was on the attack the whole evening,” Podesta said, before pointing to Trump’s appearance with women who have accused the former president of unwanted sexual advances and rape. “He wanted to throw her off her game with the stunt he pulled in the beginning. He clearly didn’t do that.”
Podesta, speaking to reporters after the debate, said Trump was trying to distract from the drama that has consumed his campaign since Friday, when video emerged of him making vulgar comments about women.
Trump on Clinton's Goldman speech explanation: 'She lied.'
Nothing was off-limits during the second presidential debate, including the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
The 16th president grabbed the spotlight when moderator Martha Raddatz asked Hillary Clinton a question from the audience.
“Is it OK for politicians to be two-faced? Is it OK for them to have a private stance?” Raddatz asked. The question was in reference to a speech that Clinton made at a Goldman Sachs conference in 2013, where she reportedly said that politicians "need both a public and a private position." The comments were leaked on Friday as part of Wikileaks email dump.