Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (D) took the debate stage on Sunday, October 9, discussing foreign policy, scandals, and healthcare.
The candidates refused to shake hands with one another, which foreshadowed the debate’s tone.
Anderson Cooper did not hesitate to ask Trump about his controversial Access Hollywood comments, particularly misogynistic comments toward women.
“No, I didn’t say that at all. I don’t think you understood what was said. This was locker room talk.” Trump apologized to his family and the American people, saying that “nobody has more respect for women than I do.”
When asked, Trump insisted that he had never touched women without their consent.
Hillary responded by saying that she had never questioned a Republican’s fitness to serve in government, prior to Donald Trump.
“I disagreed with them on politics, policies, and principles, but I never questioned their fitness to serve,” she said. “Donald Trump is different.”
The debate only got messier from then on.
As Obamacare was brought up, both candidates firmly expressed their opinions.
“Obamacare is a disaster,” Trump began. “You know it and I know it.”
Cooper further questioned him on how he would amend the bill.
“I will replace it with something absolutely much less expensive,” Trump stated.
Clinton defended the progress made by the Affordable Care Act, but promised to reform it.
Later in the debate, a Muslim American voter asked Trump what he would do to deal with the consequences of Muslims being labeled a threat to the country after the election is over.
“More leaders, including Clinton should be using the words Islamic Terrorism,” he responded. “You can not solve a problem without addressing it and it is called Islamic Terrorism.”
Trump added to his response by explaining that Muslim Americans can help the government combat Islamic Terrorism.
“When Muslims see hatred going on, they have to report it and let us know,” Trump said.
Hillary Clinton then went on to give her own position.
“Everyone has a place, if you’re willing to work hard, do your part, and contribute to the community,” Clinton stated. “Donald’s rhetoric on Muslims is shortsighted and even dangerous.”
Clinton concluded by explaining that the United States is not at war with Islam. “It is a mistake—and it plays into the hands of the terrorists—to act as though we are,” she said.
The humanitarian crisis in Aleppo and Syrian refugees were then brought up.
Clinton stated that the Russian intervention in Aleppo is unlawful and that they should be charged for war crimes.
Trump then immediately followed up with a counter argument.
“Everything she’s done in foreign policy has been a mistake—it’s been a disaster,” he accused. “I don’t like Assad and all, but Assad is killing ISIS.”
Donald Trump furthered this stance by explaining his opinion on the Syrian refugee crisis.
“We can not just let refugees from Syria into our country,” he stated. “We don’t know who they are, where they’re from, or what they will do. I am telling you right now these are very bad people that will cause some very bad crime.”
The debate got messy when Trump began threatening to lock Clinton in jail during his presidency.
“If I win I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation – there has never been so many lies and so much deception,” he threatened.
Clinton responded by saying that it was “awfully good” that someone with a temperament like Trump’s was not in charge of the law.
Donald Trump dismissed this notion and quickly responded back by saying: “Because you’d be in jail.”
The two also expressed extreme opposing views regarding the use of energy in our country.
“Energy is under siege by the Obama administration,” Trump asserted. “We are killing, absolutely killing, our energy business in this country.”
“I will bring our energy companies back,” he continued. “They will make money. They will pay off our national debt. They will pay off our tremendous budget deficits.”
Hillary Clinton disagreed by saying that: “We are … producing a lot of natural gas, which serves as a bridge to more renewable fuels, and I think that’s an important transition.”
“We are now, for the first time ever, energy independent. We are not dependent upon the Middle East. But the Middle East still controls a lot of the prices.”
The two presidential nominees concluded their second annual debate by sharing one positive attribute about one another, in response to the final audience question.
Clinton responded by saying that she respects Donald Trump’s children. “I respect his children,” she said. “His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald. I don’t agree with nearly anything else he says or does, but I respect that and think that is something that as a mother and a grandmother is very important to me.”
Trump responded by stating his admiration for Clinton’s determination. “Hillary is a fighter,” Trump stated. “she does fight hard and doesn’t give up and I consider that a very good trait.”
The third Presidential debate will take place on Wednesday, October 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET.