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What You Missed: The 5 Moments that Mattered in the Second Democrat Debate

Team GOP - November 15, 2015

The DNC scheduled their debate on a Saturday night, when few people would be watching their out of touch remarks. We know you had better things to do, so we watched it for you.

Here are the 5 moments that mattered from the second Democrat debate. 
 

1. Hillary Clinton refuses to say we are at war with "radical Islam." 

As recent events put our foreign policy challenges into focus, Hillary Clinton had trouble characterizing the ideology of ISIS and terrorists threatening America. 
 



2. Clinton, put on the defensive about Wall Street campaign contributions, points to...9/11. 

Clinton's close ties to Wall Street have long been a source of distrust among progressives. When pressed on campaign contributions from Wall Street, Clinton hid behind 9/11, a baffling move that quickly drew question marks.
 



3. Clinton struggled to answer Twitter question about her 9/11 comments. 


Hillary's 9/11 comments were so outlandish that they warranted revisiting during the debate. Clinton was asked to adress a voter's comments on Twitter, a response that mirrored the shaking heads of Twitter at large. Hillary doubled down on her previous comments in an answer that FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver noted, "made very little sense." 

Hillary's campaign has since maintained that she made no such linkage to 9/11, blaming the backlash on the Twitter user
 



4. Clinton pressed on her secret email server, dodges again, with help from Bernie Sanders. 

As the FBI has stepped up it's investigation of Hillary's secret server, Clinton was spared pressure during the Democrat debate for a second time. Bernie Sanders came to the rescue once again, saying he is "still sick and tired" of Hillary's emails. That may be the case for Bernie, but more than 2-in-3 Americans think her secret email server was either unethical or illegal.
 



5. Clinton rambles incoherently about the fight against ISIS, declaring "It cannot be an American fight." 

In a moment Vox characterized as the "worst moment of the night," Clinton failed to put forward a clear explanation on how she would tackle the threat of ISIS. Echoing previous comments, Clinton indicated support for Obama's approach of corraling regional partners, but could not distinguish how she would improve upon a strategy an overwhelming majority Americans view as a failure. 
 


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