Hillary Clinton Uses Matt Lauer Debacle to Ramp Up Donations

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Matt Lauer may be getting slammed for putting Hillary Clinton on trial for email abuse while offering a warm comfort blanket to Donald Trump (or so the moderator's critics have portrayed), but ratings for Wednesday night's Commander-in-Chief Forum were certainly strong.

While Trump tweeted that "the reviews and polls from nearly everyone of my Commander-in-Chief presentation were great", Clinton and others challenged his comments about US generals "reduced to rubble", discussion of a classified nation security briefing, and praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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"Look, I'm not asking for any special treatment, I know the road that I'm on, Ive been on it for 25 years", she said. "I just get up every day and keep moving forward".

Clinton also is seen as more apt to change her positions for political reasons - 51% say she's more apt to flip-flop, 42% say Trump is, and another 6% say both of them are equally likely to do that.

Wednesday's forum served as a preview of sorts for Clinton and Trump's highly anticipated debates.

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At a rally in North Carolina Thursday afternoon, Clinton said those endorsements have only grown since the forum, arguing that the event was a "test and he failed it". In March 2015, when news of the server first broke, 52% said it was not indicative of her character.

Trump stood by a previous comment that appeared to blame military sexual assaults on men and women serving together, but added he would not seek to remove women from the military. But he front loaded Clinton's half-hour at the forum with questions about her emails.

The Republican also repeated an incorrect claim that he was opposed to the war with Iraq before the invasion. "When I watch Dan Rather explaining how we are going to be attacking, where we're going to attack, what routes we're taking, what kind of planes we're using, how to stop them, how to stop us, it is a little bit disconcerting".

That assertion is contradicted by an interview Trump did with Howard Stern in September 2002 in which he was asked whether he supported the invasion.

Trump suggested that the briefers disagreed with the Obama administration, citing "body language" he saw at the secret sessions: "I have pretty good with the body language".