NBC News on Wednesday held its first ever "Commander-in-Chief Forum" with moderator Matt Lauer interviewing back-to-back Democratic and Republican presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, respectively.
By some logistical miscalculation, Lauer had only 30 minutes per candidate to ask a handful of national security questions and take a couple of questions from the all-veteran audience at the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan. So a large part of Lauer's job involved 1) preventing candidates from grandstanding and 2) pressing Trump for any policy detail, as evidenced by viewers' Twitter reactions:
"As briefly as you can." Everyone seems in a rush. 30 minutes is not a lot of time... #NBCNewsForum
— Dori Toribio (@DoriToribio) September 8, 2016
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) September 8, 2016
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) September 8, 2016