Clinton Campaign Manager: It Isn't Fair To Ask Hillary To "Correct The Record" Every Time Trump Lies

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Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook tells ABC's George Stephanopoulos that it is up to the moderator to point out falsehoods told by Donald Trump during their debates.

"It’s unfair to ask for Hillary both to play traffic cop while with Trump," he said. "Make sure that his lies are corrected, and also to present her vision for what she wants to do for the American people."

"She shouldn’t have to spend the whole debate correcting the record."

STEPHANOPOULOS: So the expectations may be working against you. Most voters think you’re going to win tomorrow night. What’s your biggest worry?

MOOK: Well, first of all, I think what needs to happen at this debate is the candidates need to present their capacity to serve as president and commander-in-chief. We think Hillary Clinton’s going to do that. What we’re concerned about is that there might be some sort of double standard here. You know, Donald Trump can’t lie on that debate stage and win or even get a passing grade. Donald Trump cannot demonstrate that he doesn’t have a command of the issues and get a passing grade.
So all that we’re asking is that Donald Trump show that he is ready to be president of the United States.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You guys have been pushing that pretty hard, this idea of a double standard, and saying it’s up to the moderator to point out falsehoods. But the debate commission’s been pretty clear that they think it’s the job of the moderator basically to get out of the way, just ask the questions.

MOOK: Well, all that -- again, all that we’re asking is that, if Donald Trump lies, that it’s pointed out. It’s unfair to ask for Hillary both to play traffic cop while with Trump, make sure that his lies are corrected, and also to present her vision for what she wants to do for the American people.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But isn’t that what a debate is supposed to do?

MOOK: Well, I think Donald Trump’s special. We haven’t seen anything like this. We normally go into a debate with two candidates who have a depth of experience, who have rolled out clear, concrete plans, and who don’t lie, frankly, as frequently as Donald Trump does. So we’re saying this is a special circumstance, a special debate, and Hillary should be given some time to actually talk about what she wants to do to make a difference in people’s lives. She shouldn’t have to spend the whole debate correcting the record.

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