The second presidential debate was held at Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, October 9th. The candidates fighting for the votes of the American people are Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. This specific debate is a town hall style where questions are raised by both the moderator but also by undecided voters.
The town hall style of this debate was one of the main reason why I decided to make the debate the focus of my blog post. Not only will questions from social media outlets be featured in this debate, but the format itself is reminiscent of the type of freedom of speech that social media gives us. We are allowed to question, comment and share our opinions on social media and participate in politics more than ever before.
The first question asked via social media was from a Facebook user. The question was centered in the topic of the leaked audio of Donald Trump 11 years ago. The controversy surrounding the leaked audio has been the number 1 talked about event in the entire 2016 presidential campaign with multi-million users sharing their opinions.
Hillary Clinton mentioned several times in her responses to moderator questions for the American people to go onto her website to fact check her opponent. Hillary Clinton’s website has a live fact-checking feature. Whether the fact check is accurate or not, this type of live interaction with voters is something never before seen.
I also explored Twitter moments while watching the debate. Twitter has seen some of the most interesting moments in this year’s campaign. Both of the nominees use twitter to connect with the American people and have used humor more than ever before. Donald Trump has more than twelve million followers and Hillary Clinton with over 9 million followers. The American people are able to get instant information and connect with their candidates with the click of a button.
The debate was interesting to see how much social media effected the questions asked by not only the chosen social media questions, but even by the moderators using Facebook statistics and controversial tweets by candidates.
By Carolyn Baldwin