Round Two of the U.S. Presidential Debates

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It was a U.S. presidential debate unlike we have ever experienced.  Personal attacks and accusations expressed by Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton dominated over discussion of substantive issues. It seemed as though more time was spent in the gutter than the trenches.

The Cipher Brief went back to our five network experts—former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden, former U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey, retired General Jack Keane, former CIA officer John Sipher, and retired Lieutenant General Guy Swan—to see if they thought either of the candidates shed any new light on their national security positions. 

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