Highlights from the Second Presidential Debate
By: Jordan Perez, Xiro Xone News October 10, 2016 Updated: 6:19 AM
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met for the second time in a town hall–style debate at Washington University in St. Louis, in a 90-minute slugfest of character attacks, and a list of allegations.
The second debate was in a town-hall format, with half of the questions coming from undecided voters selected by Gallup and from social media sources, and the other half from moderators ABC anchor Martha Raddatz and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
Here are some highlights from the second presidential debate:
Moderator Anderson Cooper of CNN asked Donald Trump about the recording released Friday that showed Trump making derogatory comments about women in 2005.
“I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” Trump said.
Clinton responded that the leaked video revealed “what he thinks about women, what he does to women”.
“He has said that 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.
“With prior Republican nominees for president, I disagreed with them. Politics, policies, principles … but I never questioned their fitness to serve,” she added. “Donald Trump is different.”
Trump then set his sights on former President Bill Clinton raising unproven accusations that the former president had assaulted women.
“There’s never been anybody in the history of politics that’s been so abusive to women,” Trump said. “Mine are words and his are action.”
Clinton invoked first lady Michelle Obama’s memorable speech at the Democratic national convention in July: “When they go low, we go high.”
Clinton attacked Trump for his praise for Vladimir Putin and noted the repeated cyber-attacks by Russian-backed hackers in an attempt to influence the election.
“The Kremlin, meaning Putin and the Russian government, are directing attacks on American accounts to influence our election. WikiLeaks is part of that,” said Clinton. She continued: “Never in history has a foreign power [worked] so hard to influence outcome of election.”
Hillary Clinton battled attacks on everything from her husband’s sex life to Wall Street and her foreign policy judgment, the Republican dominated the night but made little effort to seduce new voters.
Donald Trump continues to struggle with scepticism among women voters, which has led to plummeting poll numbers in recent days and risks putting his chances of winning the presidency out of reach.