Clinton vs. Trump, Round 2

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are facing off Sunday night in St. Louis as they attempt to make their cases to the American people about why they are each better suited to be the president of the United States.

It's the second of three presidential debates leading up to the November 8th presidential election.

The when and where

The debate will be held at 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 9 in Washington University's Athletic Complex.

How to watch

We will air the debate on ABC 13 but if you can't get to a television, we will also have several other ways you can watch with 13News Now.

We will be live streaming the entire debate here on our website and through our 13Nwes Now app (GoogleApple).

Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, where we will present the debate on Facebook Live video.


CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz will be moderating the town hall-style debate. The moderator selections were announced last month by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Sunday's debate will be the first Cooper has hosted in his career. Raddatz hosted the 2012 vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

Town hall style format

The second debate will differ from the first in format. Sunday's debate will be town hall style, meaning half of the questions will come from the moderators, and the other half will come directly from the American people.

ABC and CNN have agreed to consider the 30 most popular questions posed online when they were planning the debate. Some of the most highly voted topics include background checks for gun sales, Social Security, term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court, Citizens United, healthcare and climate change. Not all 30 questions will be asked, but they will be considered.

The first NSFW debate?

America apparently won’t have to wait long — the first set of questions tonight will be about the Trump tape, the recording that has the political world all atwitter and Republicans withdrawing support for their nominee in droves.

CNN, whose Anderson Cooper is co-moderating with Martha Raddatz of ABC News, reportsboth candidates will be asked about the 2005 recording, in which Trump was caught on a hot microphone speaking vulgarly about pushing himself on women.


"While everything is subject to change until air time, an ABC source said — perhaps confirming the obvious — that Trump and Clinton will both be prompted to address the matter. 

"A coin toss by the Commission on Presidential Debates determined that Clinton will speak first."


The format will be a town hall, with an audience of undecided voters chosen by Gallup also asking questions. The subjects will be "topics of broad public interest." So basically anything goes.

What do Americans actually want to hear about?

On, where Americans submitted and voted on which questions they want the moderators to ask tonight, there are some clear favorites. Tonight's moderators have said they would consider asking questions from the site. Here’s the top five questions as of 7 p.m. ET:

1. How will you ensure the 2nd amendment is protected? (147,816 votes)

"Too much crime is blamed on the tool, not the person. How will you protect law abiding citizens to protect themselves."

2. Would you support requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales? (131,955)

"My son was murdered by someone who should have never had a gun. Gaps in our current system make it easy for felons & other dangerous people to buy guns online & at gun shows, no questions asked."

3.  Do you support expanding, and not cutting, Social Security's modest benefits? (46,551)

"We can easily afford to protect & expand Social Security by requiring the wealthiest Americans to contribute at the same rate as the rest of us."

4. As president, what are the steps you will take to address climate change? (46,110)

"Climate change is the greatest existential threat facing the country and the world today. What are three things you will do as President to address the challenges posed by a warming planet?"

5. Would you act to repeal Citizens United? (44,462)

"Take the insane amount of money out of the election process."

#TrumpTapes killing it on social

Data from the folks at Google shows Trump led searches of the two major-party candidates with 81%, compared with Clinton’s 19% over the past 24 hours.

Of the phrase “Donald Trump on _______” the word “women” was the most searched word. “Howard Stern” came in second and “Tiger Woods” came in third.

Aside from Friday’s tape, CNN posted audio on Saturday of Trump’s conversations with Stern, the shock-jock. The conversations touched on a variety of topics, but Trump described women (including his own daughter) in vulgar terms. One of the topics discussed was Tiger Woods’ marital infidelities.

Since Friday, the controversy has garnered 28.2 million posts, likes and shares by 8.5 million users on Facebook. And over on Twitter, users tweeted the hashtag #TrumpTapes more than 1 million times.

It is the second-most-talked-about moment of the election this year on Twitter. The most talked about (so far) was the first presidential debate.

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