“My question to both of you is, regardless of the current rhetoric,” began debate audience member Karl Becker. “Would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?”
The questions was immediately met with applause and laughter. Debate moderator Martha Raddatz asked Donald Trump to go first, though he hesitated. Clinton, then, delivered her response.
“I respect his children,” said Clinton. “His children are incredibly able and devoted and I think that says a lot about Donald. I don’t agree with nearly anything else he says or does, but I do respect that and I think that is something that as a mother and a grandmother is very important to me. So I believe that this election has become in part so conflict-oriented and so intense because there is a lot at stake. This is not an ordinary time and this is not an ordinary election.”
Trump said he considered Clinton’s statement about his children to be a “very nice compliment.”
“I don’t know if it was meant to be a compliment, but it is a great — I’m very proud of my children, said Trump. “They have done a wonderful job and they have been wonderful, wonderful kids.”
“I will say this about Hillary: she doesn’t quit, she doesn’t give up,” said Trump. “I respect that. I tell it like it is. She is a fighter. I disagree with much of what she’s fighting for. I do disagree with her judgment in many cases, but she fights hard and she doesn’t quit and she doesn’t give up, and I consider that to be a very good trait.”