Some think brief show of respect at debate gave many voters what they needed to hear


    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A brief exchange at last Sunday's presidential debate provided a glimmer to many voters, even though it's unlikely to affect the race.

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    That's the part that resonated with Betsy Larkin of Asheville, who's behind Clinton.

    "God, finally something positive!" she said.

    An audience member named Karl Becker stepped up and asked what some might consider the question of the night.

    "My question to both of you is, regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?" he asked.

    Those words evoked a semblance of humanity many think is long overdue.

    "I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted," Clinton replied.

    "I will say this about Hillary, she doesn't quit she doesn't give up," Trump answered.

    "Yeah, I was like redemption, you know," Larkin said. "Despite the fact that we're seeing the worst sides, they do have a good side."

    Dr. Carl Mumpower can analyze the race as a psychologist and as a Trump supporter.

    "I don't think we're looking for the best in each other," Mumpower said. "I think we're looking for the worst and it's really pulling us apart."

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    Mediator and conflict consultant Robin Funsten said America needed to hear that rare interaction.

    "Yeah, I cheered because out of this whole campaign," Funsten says. "If we could see a little more mutual respect we would see more solutions."

    Karl Becker's question was certainly thought-provoking.

    "I hope there are more Karl's in the world to keep asking questions like that," Funsten said.

    Mumpower respectfully disagrees, saying a few kind words won't erase the polarization of America.

    "In this election, we're all gonna be voting beneath our dignity," he said. "I don't think there are many people happy with the choices we have to make."

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