Second presidential debate featured tough moderators
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