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Unlike first, second debate doesn’t set viewership record

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An estimated 66.5 million people watched the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, down from the record-setting audience who saw their first match but on par with the Obama-Romney contests four years ago. The first debate reached a total of 84 million viewers, more than for any other presidential debate on record, the Nielsen company said on Monday. The previous record of 80.6 million had been set for the only debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in…

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Mike Pence says Donald Trump remorseful over lewd comments

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Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence says he “believe(s) in redemption” and thought Donald Trump “express(ed) genuine contrition and remorse” over his taped lewd remarks about women. Pence, the governor of Indiana, spoke with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle on Monday morning. Last week, a tape from 2005 leaked in which GOP presidential nominee Trump can be heard bragging about how his fame allowed him to “do anything” to women. During Sunday’s debate, however, Trump denied he had kissed and groped women…

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Joe Henderson: 5 post-debate points to ponder

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The unmoving needle: It generally is conceded Donald Trump’s fervent base will be ecstatic with his performance. Breitbart.com, for instance, declared in a giant headline on its home page — Clinton Crash: Trump dominates. It highlighted a quote from Rudy Giuliani declaring, “Biggest knockout I’ve seen in a presidential debate.” Breitbart ran one of those quick-click polls asking “Which debate moderator was more shameful?” When I checked Monday morning, there were 50,744 votes. Martha Raddatz, if you’re curious, was the runaway “winner.”…

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90 minutes of fire: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton trade charges, insults

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In a bitter debate filled with fire and insult, Hillary Clinton declared that Donald Trump‘s vulgar comments about women reveal “exactly who he is” and prove his unsuitability to be president. Firing back, he accused her of attacking women involved in Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs and promised she would “be in jail” if he were president. Trump, who entered Sunday night’s debate desperate to steady his floundering campaign, unleashed a barrage of attacks and continually interrupted Clinton. He repeatedly called…

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Tom Jackson: Donald Trump lost, big league … or did he?

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Paraphrasing the driver in “Taxi” when he approached the gorgeous blonde in the bar: “You look like the kind of voter who’s heard every debate takedown in the book. … So I guess one more won’t hurt.” Let’s begin by conceding that nobody knows anything anymore. There’s not a single conventional thinker who thought Donald Trump would make it as far as the Iowa caucuses, let alone wind up the center of the balloon shower at the Republican National Convention.…

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Joe Henderson: Donald Trump’s curious debate strategy — ‘he blew it’

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During Monday’s presidential debate, I kept waiting for a moment that never came. Donald Trump had 100 million sets of eyeballs focused on him. What better time to prove he is not, as Hillary Clinton paints him, a racist, sexist, selfish jerk from an alternate universe. Trump was combative, but that’s who he is. Clinton was throwing haymakers too. We expected that. But after all the provocative and divisive things Trump has said on the campaign trail, he had a…

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PPP post-debate national polling finds Hillary Clinton won debate 51 to 40 percent

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Hillary Clinton was the clear winner in Monday night’s first presidential debate, according to a national survey from Public Policy Polling. PPP found that at the event at Long Island’s Hofstra University, Clinton defeated Donald Trump 51 to 40 percent. The most salient point for Clinton was that among young voters, a group that has underperformed for the former secretary of state, 63 percent think she won the night, compared to only 24 percent for Trump. Of that age group, 47…

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