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Fox's Wallace extracts headline with follow-up question

Posted at 11:33 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 23:40:30-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News' Chris Wallace worked hard Wednesday to keep the final presidential debate substantive with tough questions to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but the simplest of queries extracted the biggest headline.

Noting Trump's claims that the election was being rigged against him, Wallace asked the Republican whether he would accept the results, noting that GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence said that he would. When Trump answered that "we will look at it at the time," Wallace seemed incredulous.

The veteran newsman pointed out that a peaceful transition of power is one of the nation's longest traditions, no matter tough the campaign.

"Are you saying you're not prepared to commit to that principle?" Wallace asked, and Trump answered that he'll keep him in suspense.