presidential debate 2

Presidential Debate, 2



awful diversion temperamental
jail in charge charge (2)
brag tense (3) shake hands
assault apologize locker room
proud chop off awfully (2)
respect campaign abuse/abusive
debate prosecute Attorney General
defense respond represent
give up campaign





Hillary Clinton, Democratic Presidential Candidate: “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge with the law in our country.”

Donald Trump, Republican Presidential Candidate: “Because you’d be in jail.”

It was tense from the beginning — they never even shook hands.

Cooper Anderson, Moderator: “You’ve bragged that you’ve sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?”

Donald Trump: “No, I didn’t say that at all. I don’t think you understood at all. This was locker room talk.

I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Certainly, I’m not proud of it.

You know when we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads . . . ”

He then went from defense to attack.

If you look at Bill Clinton — far worse: mine are words, and his was action. What he’s done to women; there’s never been anyone in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women.”

Hillary Clinton: “What we all saw and heard on Friday was Donald talking about women: what he thinks about women, what he does to women. And he has said that the video doesn’t represent who he is.

But I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it, that it represents exactly who he is.”

Donald Trump: “The thing that you should be apologizing for are the 33,000 e-mails that you deleted.

If I win, I am going to instruct my Attorney General to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.”

Moderator: “Please allow her to respond; she didn’t talk while you talked.”

Hillary Clinton: “Yes, that’s true — I didn’t. I didn’t in the first debate and I’d better try not to in this debate because I’d like to get to the questions that people have brought here tonight to talk to us about.”

Donald Trump: “And get off this question.”

Hillary Clinton: “Okay, Donald, I know you’re into big diversions tonight — anything to talk about your campaign…and the way it’s exploding…and the way Republicans are leaving you…but let’s at least focus on . . .”

Anderson Cooper, Moderator: “Please allow her to respond.”

Donald Trump: “I’d like to know, Anderson, why aren’t you bringing up the e-mails. I’d like to know. Why aren’t . . . “

Anderson Cooper, Moderator: “We brought up the e-mails.”

Donald Trump: “No it hasn’t. It hasn’t. And it hasn’t been finished — at all.”

Anderson Cooper: “Ken Karsowitz has a question.”

Donald Trump: “It’s a nice group: one on three.”

Audience Member: “Good evening. Would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?”

Hillary Clinton: “I respect his children.”

Donald Trump: “She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up.”

And in the end, they even shook hands.

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1. Hillary Clinton said that it wouldn’t be good if somebody like Donald Trump were in charge of the law in the US. What did she mean? Give examples.

2. Donald Trump denied bragging about sexually assaulting and harassing females. True or false? Why did he apologize?

3. Did Trump mention Bill Clinton during the debate? What did Trump say about Bill Clinton? Why did he mention Bill Clinton?

4. Hillary Clinton thought Donald Trump was joking about his sexual assault remarks. Is this right or wrong?

5. What did Trump attack Hillary on? What would Trump do if elected president? Would he pardon Hillary?

6. Did they argue and interrupt each other?

7. Donald Trump said, “It’s a nice group: one on three.” What did he mean by this? Did he think it was fair?

8. An audience member asked, “Would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?” Why do you think he made that request?


A. Does this look like a “normal” debate? Or has this been more of a insulting match? Or is that normal in politics?

B. Are political debates in your county like this, or are they more “mature” in nature?

C. Who do you think “won” the debate? Which candidate do you think would be more qualified to become US president?

D. Have you been on school or company debates? What were they like?

E. What will happen in the future, regarding debates?

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