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Transcript Of Hillary Clinton's Opening Statement At The Second Presidential Debate

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump took the stage at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday night for the second presidential debate. Considering that most national polls saw Clinton entering the debate several points ahead of her rival, and that Trump spent the weekend drawing criticism for his 2005 comments about women, most viewers expected Clinton to be at the top of her game. They weren't wrong — a transcript of Clinton's opening statement at the second debate reveals a woman who felt 100 percent in control of the night when the debate opened.

There was plenty of tension before the candidates took the debate stage, of course. After footage emerged of Trump making questionable comments about women in 2005, he renewed his attack on Clinton's husband, former president Bill Clinton, and it seemed like a topic he might bring up during the second presidential debate (especially once he launched a press conference about it). According to Wired, both candidates could also safely anticipate questions related to gun control, Social Security, climate change, and campaign finance reform (a topic that Clinton's drawn fire for in the past).

Still, despite the possible threat of questions on her husband's cheating scandal or her campaign financing, Clinton didn't seem too worried. She walked out onto the stage smiling, shook hands, and stood prepared.

In her opening statement, answering an audience member who asked if Clinton believed she was modeling appropriate behavior for today's youth, Clinton said:

It was an uplifting — and solid — start to her night. Here's to seeing how Clinton tackles the rest of the night.