Hillary Clinton took a long bathroom break during the middle of the Democratic debate on Saturday, causing her to miss the beginning of a round of questioning, leaving just Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley on the stage.
About an hour into the debate, around 9:30 PM EST, ABC cut to a commercial break that ran for about a minute and a half. Then they came back to the the broadcast with a “game break” where ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and Jon Karl discussed the previous hour’s highlights for about a minute. Then ABC ran over two and a half minutes of more commercials before they went back to the debate; however, only Sanders and O’Malley were on the stage.
Moderator David Muir then said:
Welcome back tonight. As you can see, we have a packed audience here in New Hampshire, and we’re going to continue. We’ve already had a spirited conversation here at the top of the broadcast about ISIS, about concerns of terror here on the home front. And as we await Secretary Clinton back stage here, we’re going to begin on the economy. We want to turn to American jobs, wages, and raises in this country. And do we believe Secretary Clinton will be coming around the corner any minute. But in the meantime we want to start with this…
Muir then began asking Sanders a question, and it was during that time that Clinton finally walked back on the stage to an applause from the audience.
When Clinton finally walked up to her podium, she muttered into the microphone, “Sorry.” Muir then continued with his question for Sanders.
— Al Weaver (@alweaver22) December 20, 2015