Live reflections from @BudKennedy on Twitter made and posted during Sunday night’s debate.
7:17 p.m.: As expected, Donald Trump came to St. Louis contrite and remorseful, asking forgiveness for his abusive 2005 comment about grabbing — oh, wait —
7:21 p.m.: REVISED Donald Trump brought accusers of ex-President Bill Clinton to the 2nd presidential debate, proving he has at least 4 women’s votes.
7:31 p.m.: Wait. Was that Alec Baldwin? No, it’s really Trump. He staged a reality video at a debate. Will he negotiate with Putin via Facebook Live?
7:34 p.m.: Something to remember about this debate: It’s not as important. Did you know there were 4 JFK-Nixon debates in ’60? Yet we only remember 1.
7:39 p.m.: On the other hand, Trump is the first candidate to go up against both an opponent & his own party. Much of the GOP sees him as a lead weight
7:46 p.m.: Reading between the lines: Republicans’ Plan B is for Johnson or McMullin to win a few electoral votes, force decision to the U.S. House
8:08 p.m.: No handshake between Trump and Hillary Clinton. Looked mutual. But at 70, Bill Clinton looked uneasy, seeing accusers from 1970s and ’90s
8:10 p.m.: Trump: “I want to do things that haven’t been done.” Mission accomplished
8:13 p.m.: Trump calls grabbing comment “lockeroom talk,” says it doesn’t compare to ISIS or Medieval Times. Guess I’ve never been to a Medieval Times
8:22 p.m.: Clinton, Trump trading demands for apologies: “You owe an apology,” “No, YOU owe an apology.” (But she didn’t comment about Bill.)
8:33 p.m.: Trump has attacked the two moderators and threatened to have Clinton jailed. But he still has to last another hour on the stage.
8:40 p.m.: On Google, interest in the debate peaked at 8:25 pm and has fallen. More searches for “Clinton” than “Trump” much of the night
8:50 p.m.: When this campaign is over, I hope the fact checkers get a nice long vacation. probably not in a Trump hotel
8:54 p.m.: BIGLY
8:58 p.m.: The tone is troubling and confrontational, but Trump is owning the stage and matching Clinton line-for-line in this town hall format
9:09 p.m.: On Russia’s role in Syria, Trump throws Mike Pence under the bus: “He and I haven’t spoken and I disagree”
9:21 p.m.: On Trump: He was better than the first debate, but had a long way to go. Won points & seemed more direct, but turned cranky and lost ground
9:21 p.m.: Like right now, saying “She has tremendous hate in her heart.”
9:26 p.m.: On Clinton: She played careful defense and didn’t take any chances. Pat answers didn’t satisfy audience. She played for the tie, and got it
9:30 p.m.: Same as the first debate: Trump didn’t gain any votes, or friends. Clinton didn’t lose any. Four more weeks of noise and bluster, America.