Sec­ond pres­i­den­tial debate fea­tured tough mod­er­a­tors

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Mod­er­a­tors An­der­son Cooper and Martha Rad­datz teamed to ask sharp ques­tions of Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton and to keep them cor­ralled dur­ing many con­tentious ex­changes dur­ing the sec­ond pres­i­den­tial debate. Some­times those ef­forts drew the ire of Trump. “Nice,” he said. “One on three.” That sig­nal to his sup­port­ers Sun­day night is sure to sub­ject Cooper, of CNN, and ABC’s

Rad­datz to par­ti­san crit­i­cism. But it seemed the dual mod­er­a­tors were de­ter­mined to take a more ac­tive role than NBC’s Lester Holt dur­ing the first debate, seen by a record 84 mil­lion peo­ple. They took ques­tions from au­di­ence mem­bers and viewers in the town hall-style debate, and fre­quently in­ter­jected tough fol­low-ups.

After an open­ing ques­tion about whether the two can­di­dates were mod­el­ing ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior, Cooper jumped in with a ques­tion to Trump about the 2005 “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” tape re­leased on Fri­day where he was caught mak­ing crude re­marks about women. “You’ve bragged that you sex­u­ally as­saulted women,” Cooper said. “Do you un­der­stand that?”

He later asked Trump if he had done the things that he talked about on the tape, com­ing on to women by grop­ing and kiss­ing them. “When you walked off that bus you were 59?” Rad­datz later said. “Were you a dif­fer­ent man, or did that be­hav­ior con­tinue un­til just re­cently?” A di­rect ques­tion from Cooper also com­pelled Trump to ad­mit he had not paid fed­eral in­come taxes in nearly 20 years.

Clin­ton, for her part, was ques­tioned about her use of a pri­vate email server while sec­re­tary of state, an is­sue that prompted in­ves­ti­ga­tors to con­clude she had put some top se­cret ma­te­rial at risk, al­though fed­eral pros­e­cu­tion was not rec­om­mended. “You don’t call that ex­tremely care­less?” Rad­datz said. The ABC news­woman also pointed to the leaked re­lease of speeches Clin­ton had made to pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions after serv­ing as Pres­i­dent Obama’s chief diplo­mat. Rad­datz noted that Clin­ton once said a politi­cian needed a pri­vate and pub­lic po­si­tion some­times on is­sues. “Is it OK for a politi­cian to be twofaced?” Rad­datz asked.

Al­most like school teach­ers

“I’d like to know, An­der­son, why can’t you bring up the emails. I’d like to know,” Trump said. Rad­datz had asked the ini­tial ques­tion on the sub­ject. “We brought up the emails,” Cooper an­swered. “It hasn’t, it hasn’t,” Trump said. “And it hasn’t been fin­ished at all.” Trump has been crit­i­cal of the news me­dia, and par­tic­u­larly CNN, in tweets in the weeks lead­ing up to the debate. Cooper brought up Trump’s late nights on Twit­ter, par­tic­u­larly when he at­tacked in the wee hours last month a for­mer beauty pageant con­tes­tant who had crit­i­cized him. Cooper asked whether it was the sign of a dis­ci­plined leader. — AP

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