Here’s our Liveblog from the Second Presidential Debate!

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For the second presidential debate, Student Union is had its third #SUwatchparty in downtown Washington D.C. at the restaurant Busboys and Poets. (We hope you didn’t miss the vice presidential candidates’ debate.) Our panel of international students discussed the debate and issues important to them and you! The best reactions and most interesting moments have been captured here. 
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Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20168:51 pm

Howdy followers of Student U! Rebecca here again keeping you updated with the latest from the 2016 presidential election! Tonight we dive into the second presidential debate after a heavy news weekend. Lots of things to discuss tonight between the two candidates so stay tuned here, follow the conversation on Twitter voastudentu and watch our Facebook Live videos with our international student panel at Bus Boys and Poets on our FB VOA’s Student Union! It will be entertaining for sure! I am not in attendance at the event but will continue to live blog from my hometown in NJ!


Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20168:58 pm

Hi all!

This debate will take place in Town Hall format, meaning that the audience will be the questioners, rather than the moderators.

The moderators are Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20168:59 pm

Howdy followers of Student U! Rebecca here again keeping you updated with the latest from the 2016 presidential election! Tonight we dive into the second presidential debate after a heavy news weekend. Lots of things to discuss tonight between the two candidates so stay tuned here, follow the conversation on Twitter voastudentu and watch our Facebook Live videos with our international student panel at Bus Boys and Poets on our FB [VOA’s Student Union]! It will be entertaining for sure!


Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:04 pm

Where to watch the debate.

Again, thank you all for joining us. We’re live from downtown DC (where the wifi is less than stellar)!

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:05 pm

Will Hillary and Trump shake hands???

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:07 pm

Nope! After a heated news weekend, the two candidates did not shake hands to begin this debate. Lets see where this goes.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:11 pm

More about the candidates:

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:12 pm

Anderson Cooper brings up the video where Trump said vulgar things about women. Trump continues to call it ‘locker room talk’ and that he respects women.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:12 pm

Busboys and Poets breaks out into HOWLING laughter when Donald Trump says he respects women more than anyone.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:16 pm

Hillary gets a round of applause after talking about Trump’s comments.

The international student panel laughs when Trump says he will help Latinos.

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:18 pm

It seems that Donald Trump is nervous with shaky legs during this debate.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:18 pm

The crowd groans when Trump calls it locker room talk.

Trump now goes after Bill Clinton for being abusive to women, and after Hillary for attacking women.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:20 pm

“When they go low, you go high.” Clinton references Michelle Obama in regards to Trump’s comments.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:23 pm

And Trump just called Hillary the devil, specifically “Bernie Sanders signed on with the devil.”

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:25 pm

Everyone at Busboys LOSES IT when Trump says “Because you’d be in jail.” One loud OHHHHHHHH.

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:25 pm

Donald Trump says if he wins and becomes the President of the United States he will hire a special prosecutor to look into Hillary Clinton‘s emails.



Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:28 pm

Moderators have to keep asking the audience to stop cheering during this debate.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:29 pm

“Please allow her to respond. She didn’t talk when you talked.” Anderson to Donald.

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:32 pm

Hillary Clinton in response to her private email server, “I want everyone to hear it: That was a mistake and I take responsibility”

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:34 pm

Now on the issue of The Affordable Care Act. Clinton wants to keep what has been working from it and fix what is broken by keeping costs low and quality high. While Trump wants to repeal it and replace it.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:39 pm

Trump bringing up those “lines around the states” again. Flashback to primary season.

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:39 pm

Next topic: Islamophobia. Trump says, “Muslims have to report the problems when they see them.” Clinton says “We need American Muslims to be our eyes and ears on the front line.” Do you think think these statements are similar? Chime in on Twitter by tweeting voastudentu

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:42 pm

Next topic: Islamophobia. Trump says, “Muslims have to report the problems when they see them.” Clinton says “We need American Muslims to be our eyes and ears on the front line.” Do you think these statements are similar? Chime in on Twitter by tweeting voastudentu & use the suwatchparty

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:42 pm

Apologies for my lack of gifs. They won’t load 🙁

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:43 pm

Moderator Marta Raddatz asks, “Can you please explain if the ban on Muslims still stands?” Trump responds with “extreme vetting.”

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:45 pm

Trump says that Capt. Khan would still be alive today if he was the president.

Busboys and Poets erupts in “WHAT”

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:47 pm

Trump calls Clinton out for going over time.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:48 pm

Trump says that he was against the war in Iraq. Politifact says that is FALSE.

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 20169:49 pm

Now the two candidates are tackling this question: Is it okay for politicians to be two-faced? Is okay for politicians to have private opinions on issues? from a viewer in Virginia. Clinton defends her quote and says it was about Lincoln and how he passed the 13th amendment. Trump says, “Honest Abe never lied, that is the big difference between you [points to Hillary] and Lincoln.”

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:49 pm

Curious about the wikileaks issue? Here’s what was just released.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 20169:52 pm

“I know nothing about Russia–well, I know about Russia.”

Audience laughs out loud at Trump.
Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 201610:01 pm

“Under our Constitution, the President has something called the veto power.”

Clinton going at Trump with some basic government facts.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 201610:03 pm

Raddatz says “Mr. Trump. We’re going to move on.” Audience here cheers her on.

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 201610:04 pm

The debate moves from taxes to Syrian humanitarian crisis.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 201610:06 pm

Russia has been a HUGE topic in this debate.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 201610:10 pm

“He and I haven’t spoken and I disagree.” Trump says this about Pence’s plans on Syria and the humanitarian crisis.
Everyone in the place looks at each-other in absolute shock.

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 201610:11 pm

Anyone else getting distracted by Trump’s sniffing?

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 201610:11 pm

Anyone else getting distracted by Trump’s sniffing?

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 201610:17 pm

“Do you believe you can be a devoted President to all the people in the United States?” Takes only about 10 seconds after saying yes that Trump goes into NAFTA and how it is worst trade agreement signed by Bill Clinton. He slowly goes back to mention latinos, education, and taxes. Hillary Clinton brings in the statistics that 67% of the people to re-elect her and quickly into her 30-year long career as being a public servant.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 201610:18 pm

Clinton says “If you don’t vote for me- I still want to be your president.”

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 201610:23 pm

Trump brings up how effective Twitter has been as a form of communication during this presidential election.

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 201610:28 pm

Beth Miller, an audience member brings up SCOTUS. Hillary wants a Supreme Court that will uphold Roe v. Wade and doesn’t always side with corporate interests. She is upset with the Senate’s behavior of not allowing a vote on Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland. Trump is just stating facts about the Supreme Court and says he as a lot of judges in mind that are regarded by a lot of people, he says.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 201610:28 pm

Clinton talking about Merrick Garland.

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 201610:34 pm

One of the last questions of the night is about the candidate’s energy policies and U.S. energy needs. Trump says he will bring our energy companies back to the U.S. to help stimulate jobs and the economy. Clinton responds by saying that the U.S. is energy independent and that we should continue to be independent from the Middle East. Clinton wants to move towards more clean and renewable energy.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 201610:36 pm

Everyone claps and laughs at the last question about what the candidates respect about each-other.

Clinton says “I respect his children.”

Trump says he respects that Clinton “Doesn’t give up” and “Doesn’t quit.”

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 201610:37 pm

Final question of the night: “Would you name a positive thing about one another?” The crowd in St. Louis laughs. Hillary Clinton respects Trump’s children and how successful they are since that is reflective of him. Trump consider’s Hillary’s comment a compliment. He calls Hillary a fighter and that she doesn’t quit or give up. He considers it a very good trait.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 9, 201610:38 pm
THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US.
I think the one soundbite that is going to live on (or at least, is living on in my mind), is Trump saying “I don’t know anything about Russia.”
Curious as to what the opinions on the moderation will be after this.
(Not going to lie, I want to moderate a debate someday dreams)

We’ll see you next debate!

Rebecca Hankins Rebecca Hankins October 9, 201610:54 pm

WHEW was this debate an intense one! Thanks for tuning in and I encourage you all to get involved in the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and in real life! The next President of the United States directly affects many, if not all, of the places you call home. Student Union would love to hear your thoughts. So comment, message and tweet at us voastudentu and Facebook us at VOA’s Student Union. Until the next debate catch our latest stories at http://blogs.voanews.com/student-unionkey.

Brittney Welch Brittney Welch October 11, 20169:08 am
Some videos from the night!

Our international panel introduces themselves.

Jana from Belgium’s reaction after the debate.
Clara from Brazil.
And here is a photo of the amazing panel!
Thank you all again for joining us!
Brittney Welch