Matt Lauer debacle served some good goal

Nick Sanchez
September 18, 2016

Indeed, Clinton struggled during the forum to fend off questions about her use of a private email server during her time as secretary.

Reporters burst into laughter in response to the look of disbelief on Clinton's face.

"I think that when you serve in the armed forces, that's a very special situation", Trump said. Lauer, who typically hosts NBC's The Today Show proved an ill-equipped moderator for the event on Wednesday.

Clinton has said her experience in government as secretary of state and a USA senator makes her uniquely qualified for the White House, and that Trump's series of controversial comments makes him temperamentally unfit for the office.

Her doctor says she is fighting a case of pneumonia. "I'm not sure anything surprises us anymore, but I was certainly disappointed". Clinton replied, "Well, I'm going to let all of you ponder that last question".

Trump's campaign fired back at Clinton after her session with reporters, saying she was resorting to "unhinged and dishonest" attacks.

A new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll shows Trump holding a nearly 20-point lead over Clinton with military and veteran voters, 55 to 36 percent.

Trump's only interest is putting attention on himself, and he is willing to take very exotic positions in order to sustain this attention,
Fraley said.

Of course, the real loser here ultimately isn't Trump or Clinton or Lauer. Finally, it was out of my hands and my producers worked with Donald Trump's people, whoever they are.

Hillary Clinton called on Thursday (Sept 8) for the United States to track down and kill Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, as it did Osama bin Laden, insisting her Republican rival Donald Trump has no plan to defeat the militants.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he doesn't share Donald Trump's complimentary view of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the three debates to come, the candidates may be able to pry information out of each other more effectively than any moderator could.

Clinton's campaign is hoping to disqualify Trump with some military voters, aiming to cut into Trump's support among lean-Republican voters who prioritize national security. Since he wasn't talking, it's impossible to know whether Lauer had considered whether it would have been repetitive given that earlier in the hour, Clinton had specifically pointed out that Trump had been fudging the record on Iraq. But it's also true that Lauer didn't really pursue Hillary Clinton on her email answers, either. Now all eyes on the presidential debate. Some news organizations have speculated that time was an issue considering Lauer only had one week to prepare for the forum, but the entire event seemed like the host was just rattling off questions and he didn't care about the answers.

Another veteran, Will Fischer, executive director of the Union Veterans Council for AFL-CIO, found Trump's overall performance appalling.

Clinton's lead over Trump in national opinion polls has weakened in recent days.

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