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Moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz
teamed to ask sharp questions of Donald Trump and
Hillary Clinton Sunday night and to keep them cor-
ralled 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 is sure to subject
Cooper, of CNN, and ABC's Raddatz to partisan crit-
icism. But it seemed the dual moderators were deter-
mined to take a more active role than NBC's Lester
Holt during the first debate, seen by a record 84 million
Cooper, Raddatz tough during
second presidential debate
people. They took questions from audience members
and viewers in the town hall-style debate, and fre-
quently interjected tough follow-ups.
After an opening question about whether the two
candidates were modeling appropriate behaviour,
Cooper jumped in with a question to Trump about
the 2005 Access Hollywood tape released on Friday
where he was caught making lewd remarks about
"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?" Rad-
datz later said. "Were you a different man, or did that
behaviour continue until just recently?"
A direct question from Cooper also compelled Trump
to admit he had not paid federal income taxes in nearly
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
The ABC newswoman also pointed to the leaked
release of speeches Clinton had made to private cor-
porations after serving as President Obama's chief
diplomat. Raddatz noted that Clinton once said a
politician needed a private and public position some-
times on issues. "Is it OK for a politician to be two-
faced?" Raddatz asked.
The moderators frequently tried to hush the can-
didates by noting when they had gone past their
allotted time. Clinton sometimes bulled past the stop
sign and at other times, quickly wound down her
answer. When Trump was unhappy, he complained
of unfair treatment.
"She goes one minute over and you don't stop her,"
Trump said about his opponent. "I go a second over
and you come after me." Raddatz replied: "You've had
Trump objected to Cooper looking to move on to
a different subject during a discussion of Clinton's
Trump has been critical of CNN, 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
criticised him. Cooper asked whether it was the sign
of a disciplined leader.
Raddatz sharply drew out Trump when he was
answering a question about how to deal with Syria's
civil war. She pointed out that a position stated by
Trump countered that of one outlined by running
mate Mike Pence. Trump noted that he hadn't spoken
with Pence on the topic and that he disagreed with
In what felt a little like a first debate rerun, the
two candidates argued over whether Trump had ini-
tially expressed support for the Iraq War. Trump has
denied it despite audio evidence, which Clinton again
pointed out. Raddatz noted that the topic had been
fact-checked. Toward the end of the debate, the two
moderators almost seemed like schoolteachers admon-
ishing their students to be quiet and in asking the
candidates to wrap things up so they can get to more
Cooper and Raddatz seemed anxious to get in one
last audience question. A man asked whether each
of the candidates could think of one positive thing
to say about the other---a query that proved partic-
ularly disarming after 90 minutes of cutting insults.
Clinton said she respected Trump's children, and
Trump said he admired that his opponent was a
fighter. Chris Wallace of Fox News is scheduled to
moderate the third and final presidential debate,
scheduled for October 19 in Las Vegas. (AP)
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