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Why Did Hillary Refuse to Follow This Longstanding Tradition at the Debate?

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The things you learn on a daily basis!

The New York Times published a story yesterday about the final Presidential debate and how there was a significant change that if not fixed could have actually started World War III, depending on who you talked to.

During the 2nd Presidential debate, Bill Clinton shook the hands of Donald Trump’s wife and his children as they came out to be seated. What wasn’t known was the Trump campaign was going to send out Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, Juanita Broadderick and Kathy Becker and if that had happened, whoa Nellie.

Before Wednesday night’s debate, the debate commission fixed that so it wouldn’t happen even if it were by accident.

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From The New York Times:

This intensely antagonistic election has shattered another quaint campaign ritual: the handshakes between opposing candidates’ family members before a debate.

At previous debates, former President Bill Clinton has shaken the hand of Melania Trump — and sometimes the hands of the children of Donald J. Trump — as part of the predebate protocol.

It provides the audience in the room, and the people watching at home, with a moment of graciousness and a touch of celebrity.

But for the final debate, Hillary Clinton’s campaign wants a different setup, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity to speak candidly about debate negotiations.

That’s because at the previous debate, on Oct. 9 in St. Louis, the Trump campaign had an elaborate plan to parade three women who accused Mr. Clinton of sexual assault and rape into the family seating area and force Mr. Clinton to shake their hands as he crossed the room.

Had the Trump campaign succeeded, Mr. Clinton would have come face-to-face with the women on national television, a potentially humiliating and excruciating encounter. However, the Commission on Presidential Debates intervened, and the women — Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey — never came close to Mr. Clinton.

Benghazi victim’s mother Patricia Smith and Malik Obama were invited guests of the Trump campaign on Wednesday night so can you imagine the cordial handshake for photographers? It would be epic!

Most of you are already thinking Bill Clinton is a dirty old man and you might be right but this was the right move, even though I wouldn’t have minded a little altercation here or there.

Do you think the debate commission was right to step in and separate the campaigns like they were children? Do you think Trump was being petty or the Clintons were being cowards? Share your comments below and let me know what you’re thinking.

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