ABC News(ST. LOUIS) — The spin room at Washington University in St. Louis was even more packed than expected after Sunday night’s presidential debate, as much of the room had been sectioned off in a corral.
There was speculation that Donald Trump would be repeating his move from the first presidential debate and coming to the spin room to talk directly with reporters after leaving the stage, but that didn’t happen this time.
Instead, several of Bill Clinton’s accusers, who Trump brought as guests to the debate, were the ones who first filled the corral.
Juanita Broaddrick, a retired nurse who has claimed that Bill Clinton raped her when he was the Attorney General of Arkansas — an accusation that has never been proven — said that she felt compelled to come to the debate to talk about her claims because “well, where can I?”
Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey, two other women who have longstanding claims against Bill Clinton, also spoke to the media in the spin room before the fencing was broken down and the campaign surrogates took over.
Here are some highlights of what they said:
Donna Brazile, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton supporter: “He’s not willing to apologize” for the 2005 recording that was released last week.”
Jen Palmieri, Clinton campaign director of communications: “I’m not sure why he thought he was going to be able to unnerve her by doing that,” she said of Trump’s decision to bring Clinton’s accusers to the debate.
Stephen Miller, senior Trump policy advisor: “Our camp — we’re on cloud nine right now … Biggest debate victory in the history of presidential politics.”
Katrina Pierson, Trump campaign national spokesperson: “I thought he did a fantastic job. Mr. Trump came off as very presidential and Hillary Clinton came off as very rattled.”
Sarah Huckabee, part of Trump’s communications team: “He did the right thing by coming out and saying he was wrong,” about what he said on the 2005 recording. “I was disgusted [by the recordings] and it’s not something I’m going to defend.”
Sen. Claire McCaskill, Clinton supporter: “He tried to use a cheap stunt to rattle Hillary Clinton. I don’t think Hillary Clinton rattles easily.”
Nigel Farage, former head of the U.K. Independence Party who led the “Brexit” campaign and who has spoken at a Trump rally: “Frankly he dominated Hillary … He’s had a very tough 48 hours and I’m pleased that he said he was embarrassed by what he said.”
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