The Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton respectively had a bitter face off during their second presidential debate.
The debate, done in a town-hall format with questions from audience members, was dominated early on by questions about a 2005 video in which Trump lewdly bragged about having license to aggressively kiss and grope women.
Republican Donald Trump, addressing a crisis that has engulfed his campaign, said in Sunday night’s nationally televised debate that he was “embarrassed” by his crude sexual comments on a recently released recording but that Bill and Hillary Clinton had acted worse as he was pressed.
“Mine were words and his were action. There’s never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women,” Trump said. “Bill Clinton was abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them viciously.
In a bitter debate filled with tension and insult, Hillary Clinton declared that Donald Trump’s vulgar comments about women reveal “exactly who he is” and prove his unsuitability to be president.
Firing back, he accused her of attacking women involved in Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs and promised she would “be in jail” if he were president.
Trump unleashed a barrage of attacks and continually interrupted Clinton as he repeatedly called her a “liar,” labeled her the “devil” and contended she had “tremendous hate in her heart.”
“She should be ashamed of herself,” Trump declared
Hillary Clinton said Trump’s true character had been proven by the video, as well as a track record of insulting comments toward other women, Muslims, immigrants, and many others.
“Yes, this is who Donald Trump is,” Clinton said. But for the country, she continued, “this is not who we are.”
Trump cited Obamacare as one of the top problems he wants to address if he is elected president.
“When I watch the deals being made and watch what’s happening with horrible things like Obamacare, where your health insurance and health care are going up by numbers that are astronomical. By 68%, 59% and 71%,” Trump said.
Clinton praised Obamacare as providing health insurance for 20 million people who didn’t have it before.
“Right now, we are at 90% health insurance coverage. That’s the highest we have ever been,” she said.