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On Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump participated in the Commander-In-Chief forum, a joint event sponsored by NBC News and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Each candidate appeared separately for 30 minutes answering questions from active duty and retired military personnel on the topic of national security.

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Air Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
IAVA Commander-in-Chief Forum

Candidates: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump
Moderator: Matt Lauer
Format: Candidates will appear separately on stage for about 30 minutes answering questions related to national security

Here is the full video of each candidate in the order they appeared. Hillary Clinton received the first segment, while Donald Trump took the latter.

Hillary Clinton:

Donald Trump:

Some highlights of the evening from the New York Times:

Here were the highlights of Mr. Trump’s segment (or check out our live analysis):

• Asked what experience has prepared him to be commander in chief, Mr. Trump began, “Well, I built a great company, I’ve been all over the world.” Pressed again, he said, “the main thing is, I have great judgment,” before arguing that he was, in fact, against the war in Iraq, citing an article from 2004, after the war began.

• Mr. Trump, confronted with past comments that he knew more about the Islamic State than generals do, said that generals under President Obama and Mrs. Clinton “have not been successful.” “I think under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble,” he said.

• Mr. Trump said that because he has “a very substantial chance of winning,” he would not detail counterterrorism plans and “broadcast to the enemy exactly what my plan is.” He said that he might rely on “a combination of my plan and the generals’ plan” in formulating his approach.

Here were the highlights of Mrs. Clinton’s segment:

• Mrs. Clinton, taking the stage first, said that “steadiness, an absolute rock steadiness” was the most important quality in a commander in chief, in response to a question from Mr. Lauer. She has often taken pains on the campaign trail to depict Mr. Trump as too erratic to trust at the controls.

• Pressed by Mr. Lauer on her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton repeated that “it should not have been done,” insisting that she had not threatened national security.

• Asked about her vote as a senator to authorize the war in Iraq, Mrs. Clinton repeated that it was a mistake, then turned her attention to Mr. Trump, who has said he opposed the war. She cited an interview from the time in which Mr. Trump expressed support for the war. “My opponent was for the war in Iraq. He said he wasn’t,” Mrs. Clinton said. “You can go back and look at the record.”

You can read the rest of the points here. I watched the forum in full, hoping to gather some insight into how each candidate would be approaching the upcoming debates. The most contentious point of the evening had to be the portion where moderator Matt Lauer questioned Hillary Clinton on her email practices. This was an area she was clearly ready for, though it still felt awkward from a viewer standpoint. Donald Trump seemed more prepared than I thought he would be, clearly showing that perhaps he is taking the upcoming debates seriously as his chance to make inroads against Hillary.

I think the event was useful and viewers and I especially like the fact that the questions came from vets and active duty military members. Their voice is often overlooked during election cycles and this gave both candidates a venue to focus specifically on national security and foreign policy.

37 COMMENTS

    • Overly simplistic suggestions are his responses to complex issues. Trump’s signature style. This is not a ball game. “Everyone knows” — sounds like one of Trump’s utterances. Everyone knows, people say, I was told, etc. Well, I was told that everyone knows Trump is the corrupt liar.

      • lmao you sound like a complete buffoon! you need to get a clue.

        lmao this was rididculous. why did this moderator go full out for trump
        but let hillary off soooo easily. but then again hillary was wearing an
        earpiece. i cant stand her. how any american can tolerate hillary is
        beyond me. these news anchors that work for the mainstream media should
        feel like shit taking money in order not to talk about hillarys negative
        stuff. but talk about trumps very very few, if anys short-comings.
        theyre definitely not patriotic and are considered to be selling out.
        because they absolutely are. what happened to morals. dont they realize
        that their kids have to grow up in this country too?!? and hillary will
        completly sell america to the highest bidder, she is already owned by
        foreign leaders. athletes that use performance enchancing drugs get
        banned or their belt stripped. hillary suing an earpiece is the same
        thing as using a performance enhancement. because she is getting info
        from someone off stage. which means this interview wasnt even with ehr,
        it was with whoever was speaking to her through the earpiece. someone
        just put her out of americas misery already. not saying for someone to
        do it, saying im surprised no patriotic american hasnt already. there
        has already been attacks on trump and putin by suicide crashers,
        crashing their cars into their motorcade that the thought trump or putin
        was in.

      • Oh, my apologies. Let me clarify my comment. Everyone with at least 2 brain cells knows she’s a corrupt liar. Obviously that doesn’t include you, Skippy.

  1. lmao this was rididculous. why did this moderator go full out for trump but let hillary off soooo easily. but then again hillary was wearing an earpiece. i cant stand her. how any american can tolerate hillary is beyond me. these news anchors that work for the mainstream media should feel like shit taking money in order not to talk about hillarys negative stuff. but talk about trumps very very few, if anys short-comings. theyre definitely not patriotic and are considered to be selling out. because they absolutely are. what happened to morals. dont they realize that their kids have to grow up in this country too?!? and hillary will completly sell america to the highest bidder, she is already owned by foreign leaders. athletes that use performance enchancing drugs get banned or their belt stripped. hillary suing an earpiece is the same thing as using a performance enhancement. because she is getting info from someone off stage. which means this interview wasnt even with ehr, it was with whoever was speaking to her through the earpiece. someone just put her out of americas misery already. not saying for someone to do it, saying im surprised no patriotic american hasnt already. there has already been attacks on trump and putin by suicide crashers, crashing their cars into their motorcade that the thought trump or putin was in.

  2. lol shes lying again… 2 lies in 1 sentence. saying she has taken responsibility for her mistakes… 2nd lie is saying that trump has said in teh past that he was for teh war in iraq. there is numerous videos where he was saying that he wasnt for the war. this lady really grinds my gears… people are soo dumb to not be protesting to have her disqualified from running. jsu the earpiece alone that she had in her ear here that she got caught with. how many previous interviews was she wearing it in. the interviews wouldnt even be with her, it would be with whoever is in her ear talking. you can tell by her slowed stuttered talking that she is repeating whatever is being said to her through the earpiece. how has god not stricken this lady down!

  3. Matt Lauer was without doubt the most partial moderator ever. He treated Hillary with the utmost respect and treated Donald like he was an alien. If I had any doubt about who to vote for, it’s Donald all the way. He didn’t have a chance to look bad, because Matt tried to corrupt the proceedings to make him appear bad. Too bad Matt, I will definitely vote Trump. You certainly didn’t have to speak in a low condescending tone to him, and in spite of it all, You never made him lose it or look bad.

  4. The awkward cadence Clinton has really indicates that someone is feeding her answers into that earpiece and she is pausing to wait for the answers. It really makes her speech sound stilted.

  5. Too bad people can’t been tested for their knowledge of issues and candidates before voting. Reading all the pro-Trump posts makes me wish this were so. All one has to do is go back and listen to the many interviews Trump has given to realize this guy lies with impugnity. He’s vulgar, disgustingly bloated, and completely lacking in basic manners. And now the conspirators raise their outrageous claims — Hillary’s being fed answers through an ear piece! Really…how ridiculous. If it is an ear piece, it may be a hearing aid. Reagan wore one. What’s wrong with a hearing aid?

    • Your comment only reinforces the FACT that Hillary supporters are scared $hitless because she’s falling in the polls. Go change your diaper, whiney liberal. Repeat after me, “President Donald Trump”. Get used to it.

  6. NBC has deleted this video from their website. Lol. What are they afraid of – that people will see how truly awful Hillary is?? Unbelievable how bad she is….God help us.

  7. OK, folks.

    We’re here to discuss the candidates and the topic of the page.
    There’s been enough of slamming each other.
    We will begin deleting nasty comments toward each other.

    –Management

      • You must not have read the long list of petty snipes. It was getting nauseating. We have no problem with attacking a candidate. We should not be attacking one another, except to correct facts or question opinions–not personal integrity.

          • We’re not here to pick at the “true colors” of each other. We’re here to pick at the “true colors” of the candidates.

            • Seriously Goethe? That person was attacking all supporters of DT. Her whole conversation had no merit. I simply said she was showing her true colors.
              I did not call her out of her name, like she did me. So why have you not deleted her comments yet? For that matter you should also do Jilly’s. Both of them have real problem with name calling.

            • I am not. I am simply showcasing the blatant hypocrisy. We can’t go tit for tat with Hillary supporters without having to be called names. They get that from their leader Hillary Clinton. I’m very ashamed to say that we can go years and years with her “close but no cigar” moments, the many indictments without prosecution. The slippery slope of her foundation. Yet all they can say about DT is that he was wishy-washy about the Iraq war for a month. 🙁
              Goethe, you know that I am as you say a “cheerleader for Trump”. I try my best to be a nice one, not a “mean girl”. Maybe you ought to send them that message.

    • I hope you see this reply, Goethe. This is why I went on a rant. Maybe you should send the same message to the Hillary campaign.

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