Liveblogging the biggest debate in history.
Before that, you should read my proposed closing remarks for Donald Trump. Someone told me on twitter that there will be no closing remarks. So maybe Mr. Trump will use my prompts for his opening statement.
To make this more fun, you can grade my prediction accuracy at the end of the post.
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Last note: Trump did a great job of building anticipation for 2nd debate. He had numerous opportunities to destroy her, and he pulled his punches.
Has Holt challenged Hillary anything she’s said? No. He’s in the tank. Does Clinton pay him?
Lester Holt is obviously on Hillary’s team. What a crook.
Hillary’s the reason America gets walked on. Everybody knows she sells influence for cash. She’s a a grifter.
On strategy, both candidates would do well to keep their responses very short. The longer they talk, the more time their opponent has to develop a response. Plus, each additional word they say provides an additional opening. Be brief. Applies to both parties in this case.
Hillary continues blaming Bush for everything.
Trump’s chronology on Iraq is exactly correct.
Lester Holt is a lying hack. Horrible destruction of his career.
Lester Holt decided to take sides
NATO was never an anti-terrorism organization. It actively avoided involvement in anti-terrorism efforts. Until Trump mentioned it.
Trump has been absolutely right on NATO all along. He should get credit for that from all sides.
Only 12 minute left. I’m not sure I can deal with 12 more minutes of Hillary’s screechy lies.
Clinton is blaming Bush? WTF? I thought she did debate prep.
She’s lying like a rug
Hillary Clinton is lying loud right now. What a liar. Horrible woman. Horrible.
At the same time, Trump needs to smack the softballs over the fence. She’s left herself open on several occasions and Trump didn’t smack. He can do it with humor.
Hillary’s answers are wildly rambling and incoherent. She’s struggling to get to her prepared one-liners. She’d suck at improv.
If you’re worried about cyber security, don’t run an email server out of your basement. BOOM
The birther lie — begun by Hillary’s surrogates…
People are negatively reacting to Hillary’s smarmy expression. (I won’t use the words they’re using.) And they’re not all Republicans.
I want to get on to defeating ISIS
After 35 years in public life, Hillary needed two months to prepare for presidency. Donald Trump after zero years in public life, is more prepared to take office tomorrow.
African American economic position is a disaster, and it’s gotten worse under Obama. That’s undeniable.
Hillary just called herself a racist.
Prohibit any government from collecting fines. What would happen?
The government has a profit motive in making as many things illegal as possible.
Murders increase more in the last year than at any time in the last quarter century
Hillary Clinton is about destroy her campaign.
Yes, the relationships between police and community must improve in many cities. Because the people getting hurt are the poorest and most in need.
Guest Blogger: It’s hard to stay objective….I just can’t shake the feeling that Hillary is HEAVILY MEDICATED…..OMG it’s like watching that one horrible teacher in high school that just droned on and on and on and looked like they were going to just slump over and die (and you just kind of hoped…..nah, jk jk)……
Will Hillary trash cops?
Moving on America’s Hideous Direction.
Donald Trump has a history of finishing HUGE project early and under budget. That’s undeniable.
GM went bankrupt while Obama owned it.
While my opponent’s wealth skyrocketed from zero to hundreds of millions of dollars by pedling influence, largely to foreign governments and mega banks, the lives of ordinary Americans declined by almost every measure. You might remember that her husband once talked about the people who “work hard and play by the rules.” Well, those rules changed, and no one told you. Those rules changed to give unfair advantage to their well-connect cronies who hover over Washington like buzzards, waiting for one of your tax dollars to drop.
Hillary Clinton sold more influence than Trump has debt. Weak argument.
If Hillary were ever to get near the White House, would Bill Clinton run a prostitution ring out of the Lincoln Bedroom?
Federal taxes don’t go to schools, Hillary. You should have done your homework.
Hillary’s going to deliver a scripted one-liner here.
Trump draws first spontaneous cheers from audience.
Janet Yellen is absolutely doing political things with interest rates. Rates must normalize, but the markets are completely unprepared to deal with true value.
Hillary says corporations want a tax increase? They are allowed to pay all the taxes they want.
How can she not see a reduction in corporate tax rates in Trump’s proposals? That’s the centerpiece.
Raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations will kill job creation.
It’s difficult even to implement a simple incentive program because of insane regulations.
Everybody knows that regulation is strangling American business.
Hillary refuses to say TPP is President Obama’s fault
“I was against it after I was for it”
Hillary Clinton promised to bring 200,000 jobs to upstate New York when she ran for Senate. Instead, the region lost jobs. She is utterly unqualified to comment on job creation or economics.
Hillary Clinton mentioning Wall Street is like Richard Nixon mentioning tape recorders.
We owe $20 trillion. We can do it anymore. This is a great blending of a populist issue with a Tea Party issue.
Trump reframes beautifully. “China is the best ever” at devaluing currencies. Nice.
Hillary made $300,000,000 selling influence to foreign interests. Donald Trump built buildings people love.
Awesome answer. Cut corporate taxes. Invokes Reagan. “Companies will. They will build. They will expand.” “Stop these countries from stealing our jobs.”
Trump begins by actually answering the question Lester Holt asked. Sticks with the themes that him here. Has to hit corporate tax rate which is the highest in the industrialized world.
Here we go. Raising the minimum wage will hurt the least-skilled workers the most. That’s no longer a debatable point.
Hillary begins by not answering the question.
No opening statements. Weird.
I realize my liveblog tool is putting an annoying overlay in the header of each post. Sorry. This was a last-minute thing.
10 minute warning. Which candidate is more nervous at this point? We know which is more medicated.
15 minutes to go. Get your popcorn ready. Grab a drink. Buckle in.