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Notes on the debate:
Hillary “looking for ways to celebrate our diversity” and “overcome divisiveness.”
Will she use the word “vibrancy” again?
Trump mentions “strong border” in first answer, in comparison to first debate when it took him 61 minutes to get to the word “border.” He mentions two cops who were murdered this weekend in talking about “law and order.”
Hillary brings up the former Miss Universe again (Alicia Machado).
Hillary: “This is not who we are.”
Hillary’s answer on how she’s shocked, shocked by Trump’s 2005 lewd comments would be pretty good except for the fact that the only reason she ever got higher in life than, say, a Congressman’s chief of staff is because she is married to Bill Clinton.
But you are supposed to vote for Hillary because she is a self-made woman. Or something.
That’s one of the weirdest things about this election: it’s obvious that Hillary’s main reason for being the Democratic nominee is that her husband is term limited out of a third term, the way Lurleen Wallace was elected governor of Georgia when George Wallace got term limited out of running. But we’re all supposed to act like Hillary has taken on the entire male sex by running for President, rather than coasting on her husband’s slipstream.
Hillary pretty much punted on Trump’s counter-attack on her husband by not defending Bill but instead attacking Donald over various insensitive things he’d said before.
Trump says he will appoint a special prosecutor to look into Hillary’s emails.
“Because you’d be in jail.”
Will Trump say the word “wall” tonight?
Trump talking about health insurance company monopolies within each state — good point. Otherwise, Trump is not very personally reassuring on highly technical questions like health care finance.
Arab lady asks about what the candidates will do for her to fight Islamophobia. Trump replied, “That’s a shame … but Muslims have to report the problems when they see them.”
Hillary: “Unfortunately, there have been a lot of very divisive, dark things said about Muslims. … We’ve had Muslims in America since George Washington. My vision of America is one where everyone has a place …”
Why won’t Hillary say “radical Islamic terror”?
Hillary says “There are a lot of refugees.” She blames it on Russian aggression.
Trump: I understand the border. She doesn’t it. She has bad judgment.
Will Trump bring up Hillary’s “open trade and open borders”?
Hillary is implicitly confirming authenticity of Podesta Emails from Wikileaks by putting her two positions comment in perspective of Spielberg’s “Lincoln” movie.
Looks like he’s going to forget to mention Hillary’s “open borders” comment in Wikileaks.
Trump needs to tie his tax cuts into nationalism: We’re going to ask the rich to invest more within America, in return we’ll encourage them. Or something like that.
I think Trump should fight primarily not on issues but on principles: Do American citizens have the right to control their borders?
Question: “Is Aleppo like The Holocaust when the US waited too long to help?”
Hillary blames Russians, advocates no-fly zones, and work more closely with our partners and their allies on the ground. “What is at stake here is the ambitions and aggressiveness of Russia.”
Trump: “She doesn’t even know who the rebels are. … Look at Gadaffi in Libya.”
Trump sounding like Pence on foreign policy.
Now Trump says he disagrees with Pence on Russia: Trump says let’s focus on beating ISIS, not on beating Assad. That sounds like a winning soundbite: Hillary thinks the worst problems in the Middle East are Assad and Putin, while Trump thinks it’s ISIS. Hillary can’t make up her mind who is the enemy in Syria, while Trump is focused on ISIS.
Hillary has complicated plans for Syria but it’s hard to tell whom she is talking about attacking. She clearly enjoys thinking about drone striking people, but she forgot to mention whose side they are on.
So, what does Hillary have lined up for the last 15 minutes? Because so far she has let Trump get back into the race …
Hillary talking about the Trump Effect Menace of rightwing 6 year olds bullying helpless Children of Color.
Hillary enumerating all the components of her Coalition of the Fringes and how Trump says mean things about them. He’s the Emonahanal Havenstein of 2016.
Trump: Look at Charlotte, Baltimore, Chicago. Biggest increase in murder in 45 years.
“She has tremendous hate in her heart.” That could be an important statement to get out there and get people thinking about.
Anderson Cooper talking up Alicia Machado, even though Anderson did get Alicia to say, more or less, that everybody in Venezuela has been involved in a few murder plots.
Trump defending Tweeting.
Hillary talking up Bill Clinton’s economy.
Hillary wants a Supreme Court to reverse Citizens United and get dark, unaccountable money out of politics. Irony?
Trump is wearing his red tie tonight, not the depressing blue one from the first debate. Red ties rule in Presidential debates.
Trump asking why Hillary isn’t putting 25 million of her own money she made off having been in power into her campaign so she doesn’t have to pander to quite so many special interests.
Hillary: “I respect the second amendment, but believes in comprehensive background checks …” it’s like extreme vetting for Americans. But the Zeroth Amendment says we can’t vet foreigners.
Trump hasn’t mentioned the Wall or Hillary’s “open borders” Wikileak.
Trump hasn’t mentioned any of his private conversations with Sean Hannity once all night.
Seems like Trump won the debate, even without a mention of The Wall or her “open borders” leak.
The PBS post-debate analysts are mournful, so I guess that proves Trump won.
Maybe Hillary figures the media has so many more Trump Tapes lined up to be released every 48 hours until the election day that she didn’t need to do very well tonight?
The rubber match of the debate series will be Wednesday, October 19, ten days from now.