Trump vs Clinton Debates

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BBC News

US presidential debate: Trump launches ferocious attack on Clintons

October 10, 2016

Donald Trump has responded to an outcry over his remarks about groping women by launching a blistering attack against Hillary Clinton and her husband. The Republican nominee denied ever sexually assaulting women, but turned his fire on ex-President Bill Clinton in a bitter US presidential debate. “There’s never been anybody in the history of politics that has been so abusive to women,” he said. Hillary Clinton refused to address his comments about her husband. Mr Trump’s attack on the Clintons came after moderator Anderson Cooper asked him about a 2005 video released on Friday that revealed Mr Trump bragging about groping women.

The 70-year-old billionaire dismissed the remarks as “just words” and “locker room talk”. When pressed on whether he had engaged in sexual misconduct, he denied doing so and instead focused on Mr Clinton’s previous indiscretions. No criminal charges have been brought against Mr Clinton in any allegations of sexual assault. Mrs Clinton said the explosive video, which has sparked an exodus of Republicans denying support to their presidential nominee, “represents exactly who he is”. “With prior Republican nominees, I disagreed with them,” she added, “but I never questioned their fitness to serve.”

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SOURCE = BBC News

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FT

Trump regains footing in bitter debate with Clinton

October 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded insults in a bitterly contentious debate that saw the Republican regain some of his footing following a disastrous two weeks that had threatened to derail his White House campaign. The 90 minutes of their second encounter saw some of the most personal and acrimonious exchanges ever seen on a presidential debate stage. Mrs Clinton attacked her rival over the 2005 video in which he discussed groping women, while Mr Trump vowed to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her email scandal. Mrs Clinton said the video was more evidence that he lacked the temperament to be president. Defending his words as “locker room talk,” Mr Trump denied having assaulted any women, and sought to turn the tables on her husband, Bill Clinton.

“If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse. Mine are words, and his was action,” said Mr Trump. “There’s never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women.”

Mrs Clinton responded by quoting Michelle Obama, the first lady. “When they go low, you go high,” she said. “If this were just about one video, maybe what he is saying tonight would be understandable. But everyone can draw their own conclusions.” In exchanges on healthcare, tax policy and the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Mrs Clinton tried to rile her opponent as she had successfully done in the first debate. But Mr Trump was more disciplined than during their last encounter. Larry Sabato, a politics expert at the University of Virginia, said the Republican had “enthused his base, stopped the bleeding, and stymied GOP efforts to get him to resign from the ticket” because of his debate performance. “Trump’s campaign is thrilled. And of course, Democrats are very pleased. They were worried he might be pushed out and they’d get a stronger candidate,” added Mr Sabato.

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SOURCE = Financial Times

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SKY NEWS

Trump fends off sexism claims in Clinton debate

October 10, 2016

Donald Trump has launched a televised assault on former president Bill Clinton in a bid to salvage his own White House hopes. The Republican presidential candidate went on the attack in his second debate with Hillary Clinton in St Louis. In an ill-tempered 90-minute clash, Mr Trump responded to revelations of his boasts about how he treats women. “Mine were words, his was action,” he said of Bill Clinton. “What he’s done to women, there’s never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women.”:: Key points from the debate He said Mrs Clinton “should be ashamed of herself” for her support of her husband.

Mr Trump had invited four women who have made accusations against the Clintons to take seats in the debate audience. They included Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick, who have both made high-profile claims. Mrs Clinton quoted Michelle Obama in her response: “When they go low, we go high.” She accused Mr Trump of diversion tactics “because of the Republicans deserting his campaign”. Dozens of senior Republican figures have distanced themselves from Mr Trump over the recording of his 2005 comments. Some have urged him to leave the race.

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SOURCE = SKY News

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Express

US election 2016 polls: Is Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump ahead in the polls?

October 10, 2016

Mrs Clinton has surged ahead in the opinion polls after a troublesome weekend for Mr Trump. A number of Republicans have deserted the billionaire after footage leaked of him making derogatory comments towards women. The majority of American viewers and commentators called the second presidential debate, which took place on Sunday October 9, in Mrs Clinton’s favour. A CNN survey found that 57 per cent thought that the Democrat had the upper hand in the debate, slightly less than the 62 per cent that backed her in their first clash. The latest poll average from Real Clear Politics puts Mrs Clinton at 47.5 per cent support, compared to 42.9 per cent for Mr Trump on Monday October 10. The former First Lady has been ahead since the first presidential debate. A poll average from Real Clear Politics put the former First Lady at 48.1% and Mr Trump at 44.3% on Sunday October 2.

The debate came after Mr Trump surged ahead of Mrs Clinton to take the lead in a a four-way Bloomberg poll released just before the last debate. The nationwide poll put Mr Trump at 43% and Mrs Clinton at 41% when third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein were included. Another poll in California, from USC Dornsife/LA Times, found Mr Trump has 46.5% support among voters, well above 42.9% for Mrs Clinton, as of Tuesday October 4. But a separate poll last week, from NBC News and Wall Street Journal, gave Mrs Clinton an astonishing six point lead over her rival. This poll put Mrs Clinton at 48% and Mr Trump at 37%. The discrepency between the polls suggests the candidates remain neck-and-neck. The former First Lady had led by up to eight points in Ausgust, but her clear lead across the board has now evaporated.

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SOURCE = Express

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BBC News

Trump v Clinton: Who won the debate?

October 10, 2016

We were promised a nuclear war between the candidates over allegations of sexual impropriety, and it didn’t take long for it to blow up. But unlike a real nuclear war, with its mutually assured destruction, the participants were left standing after the exchange and had to slug it out for another hour. What resulted was a muddled mess, with both candidates gaining the upper hand on occasion and stumbling in other moments. Given that Mr Trump’s campaign has been in freefall over the past 48 hours, anything less than a total Jack-Nicholson-at-the-end-of-A-Few-Good-Men style meltdown onstage has to be deemed a marginal success on his part, and so it was. The prospect that any significant portion of what is sure to be a massive television audience emerged from the evening with any change of opinion, however, is unlikely.

If Mr Trump’s overarching goal was to offer a performance that would allow him to cobble together an electoral majority on election day, then his sometimes glowering, often aggressive performance will fall far short. Team Clinton, on other hand, has to view this as an opportunity missed. Her supporters were hoping for a political kill shot that would push Mr Trump’s remaining supporters toward the exit and turn the last month of the campaign into a glorified mop-up operation. While she landed some staggering blows, it was by no means a rout. Instead, both candidates will likely emerge bloodied but not beaten. Mrs Clinton still has by far the easiest path to the White House, but she’ll have to work for a few more weeks to earn it. Here are some key moments from the debate, and how it played out for the two contenders.

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SOURCE = BBC News

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Paul Ryan deserts Trump campaign but won’t formally drop endorsement

October 10, 2016

Top Republican Paul Ryan deserted Donald Trump on Monday after an aggressive debate attack against Hillary Clinton failed to quell mounting disgust over his attitude toward women. The speaker of the House told congressional colleagues on a conference call that he would no longer defend Trump or campaign with him. He urged them “to do what’s best for you” to save the party’s majority and avoid giving Hillary Clinton a blank check in the White House, though stressed he was not yet formally unendorsing the party’s official nominee. A CNN poll showed 57% of respondents felt Clinton had won the second debate, as a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey taken over the weekend showed her leading Trump by 11 points among likely voters.

She is 5.8 points ahead in polling averages calculated by Real Clear Politics, a position that translates into a base of 260 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, with 165 relatively solid for Trump and 113 to play for. Trump immediately fired back at Ryan on Twitter. “Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee,” wrote Trump in a blast at the House speaker with whom he has long had a rocky relationship. Ryan dragged his heels on endorsing Trump after the real estate developer clinched the Republican nomination in May and disinvited him from a joint appearance in Wisconsin on Saturday in the aftermath of the leaked remarks Trump made about women.

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SOURCE = The Guardian

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telegraph

Who won (and lost) the second presidential TV debate, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

October 10, 2016

Our team of writers give their verdicts on whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump triumphed in the second presidential TV debate. You can have your say below.

Donald Trump

Mr Trump had to steamroller Mrs Clinton to undo the damage of Friday’s lewd video. He didn’t do that last night, not even close – but he was surprisingly effective. Many thought the Republican would implode – and there were moments where he threatened to. He wobbled in the first 20 minutes that were dominated by the lewd video tape, but managed to find some discipline. The preparation he has been doing clearly showed. Mrs Clinton, on the other hand, had a fairly flat night – but it’s still, overwhelmingly, hers to lose.

Hillary Clinton

It wasn’t a blow out for Donald Trump like the last debate, but Hillary Clinton still won this. Mr Trump’s answers on policy were weak, and sometimes rambling. He managed to land a few punches but they were few and far between. He missed his chance at the beginning to capitalise on placing Juanita Broaddrick and other women from Bill Clinton’s past in the audience, changing the conversation from that to Mrs Clinton’s emails. His biggest flaw however was in body language. Whilst Mrs Clinton thought through every expression and move, he looked lost and, as my colleague Harriet Alexander noted, spent a lot of time lurking. He needed a strong performance to save his ailing campaign. It’s not clear that tonight he achieved that.

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton approached the debate trying not to lose, rather than going for the win. She passed up numerous opportunities to go after Donald Trump, and allowed him to control the debate. Mr Trump was relatively poor tonight. He openly contradicted his running mate, gave a poor answer to the key question of the night – over the groping tape – and failed to connect with the town hall participants. But he was allowed to make numerous attacks with very little rebuttal, landing more punches and making a much larger impression on the proceedings. He may have done enough to pull his campaign out of freefall.

Hillary Clinton

It was a nasty, mud slinging, bad tempered debate – as predicted. But in the end Hillary Clinton’s experience, poise and preparation made her the winner. She fully expected every one of the rocks Mr Trump lobbed at her, and had ready answers. At times her response – “that’s a lie; check my website” – came across as glib. But on balance she was wise not to spend the night fact checking every one of his outlandish statements. On her emails, she repeated the steady apology and denial of negligence; on foreign policy, she showed off her years of experience with detailed, succinct plans for Syria. And she excoriated him for his words about women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled people, POWs and Latinos. “That’s why my campaign slogan is Stronger Together,” she said.

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SOURCE = The Telegraph

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CNN

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton II: The nastiest lines

October 10, 2016

His campaign on the ropes, Donald Trump came out in the second presidential debate throwing verbal haymakers at Hillary Clinton. The Sunday night showdown in St. Louis had been billed as the Republican nominee’s last, best chance to stop the bleeding and put Clinton back on her heels. And from the open, he blitzed Clinton with a series of barbed attacks and a jarring threat. Here were Trump’s most pointed attacks — and Clinton’s rejoinders. “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” Clinton said. “You’d be in jail,” Trump responded.

“This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologized to my family and I apologized to the American people. Certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk. You know when you have a world where we have ISIS chopping off heads … where you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times,” Trump said.

“Donald Trump is different. I said starting back in June that he was not fit to be president and commander in chief. And many Republicans and independents have said the same thing. What we all saw and heard on Friday was Donald talking about women, what he thinks about women, what he does to women. And 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.

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SOURCE = CNN

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