Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic flag bearer Hillary Clinton went for each other’s jugular in the second presidential debate which ended a week of tumultuous and unprecedented campaigns.
The verbal battle between Clinton and Trump reflected every bit of drama as the race to occupy White House reaches its crescendo.
The Republican and Democratic presidential nominees faced off in the town hall-style debate, which was co-moderated by ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper at Washington University in St. Louis.
The 90-minute debate got off to a chilly start when the two greeted each other without the traditional handshake.
The debate quickly turned into an acrimonious discussion of a 2005 video that emerged on Friday in which Trump was heard using vulgar language and talking about groping women without consent.
Trump said he was embarrassed by the video but dismissed it as “locker room talk.” President Bill Clinton had done worse to women, he said.
“Mine are words and his are action,” said Trump, who appeared before the debate with women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. In the debate, Trump also accused Hillary Clinton of going on the attack against women who had alleged sexual misconduct by her husband, president from 1993-2001.
In her response, Hillary Clinton said Trump’s comments showed he was unfit for the White House.
“He has said the video doesn’t represent who he is but I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is,” Clinton said.
Trump also went on the attack against Clinton over her private email server, saying: “You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”
Clinton said, “You know it’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in this country.” Trump shot back: “Because you’d be in jail.”
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