WIRED Live Blog: Fact-Checking the Second Presidential Debate
We are liveblogging the debate—again! Tonight the major-party candidates for president of the United States, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, meet in St. Louis for the second in a series of three debates. The stakes are nuts. Presidential debates are supposed to be serious discussions of policies and qualifications to hold the most powerful job on Earth. Most observers and poll respondents came away from the first debate thinking Clinton beat Trump decisively … and then a vast swath of GOP luminaries withdrew their support (and Republican National Committee money) from their candidate following the Washington Post’s revelation of a video showing Trump using vile language to describe himself sexually assaulting women.
And that was after Trump pulled advertising money out of critical parts of battleground states, repeated his belief that five young men exonerated of murder charges in New York were actually guilty, and declared (falsely) that the government allowed illegal immigrants to vote in US elections in large numbers. Oh, and the US government declared that Russia had been trying to hack US elections.
That all happened on Friday and Saturday.
This debate will follow a “town hall” format, in which everyday people just like you and me (except way more heavily vetted) ask questions. The network has been crowdsourcing the questions in advance of the event; the candidates will have two-minute time limits on their responses.
So we, like you, are wondering: What are these town hall questions going to be? And under these unprecedented circumstances, how will the candidates answer them?
Our team: Political correspondent Issie Lapowsky will be on site, filing from the media center. Senior Editor Marcus Wohlsen will be looking at the look of the debate. Deputy Editor Adam Rogers will also be on the liveblog, and Deputy Managing Editor Joanna Pearlstein, head of WIRED’s research desk, will be once again leading her team of ace fact-checkers in real-time. Looking forward to having you along for a history-making debate in a history-making election.
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