1. US Presidential Debate: Trump, Clinton wrangle over issue of Syria, emails, women and taxes

US Presidential Debate: Trump, Clinton wrangle over issue of Syria, emails, women and taxes

The 90-minute debate got off to a chilly start when the two candidates for the Nov. 8 election greeted each other without the traditional handshake. It 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.

By: | Updated: October 10, 2016 8:42 AM
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, US Presidential debate, US Presidential debate live updates, US Presidential elections, US News, Trump latest news, Bill clinton, Hillary clinton latest news US Presidential Debate: In a debate filled with tension, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of attacking women involved in her husband’s marital affairs and declared she would “be in jail” if he were president. Staring icily at her Republican rival, Clinton said Trump’s own aggressively vulgar comments about women had revealed “exactly who he is.”

Donald Trump shared the stage with fellow Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday morning for the 2nd of the 3 debates. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in the opening moments of a debate on Sunday that he was embarrassed by a video in which he made obscene comments about groping women without consent, but dismissed it as “locker room talk.” Trump, who is facing a party rebellion over the 2005 video that emerged on Friday, said former President Bill Clinton had done worse to women. “Mine are words and his are action,” he said. He also accused Bill Clinton of going on the attack against women who had alleged sexual misconduct by her husband.

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 in response. A flood of Republicans have withdrawn their support for Trump over a 2005 video that emerged on Friday showing the businessman, then a reality TV star, talking on an open microphone about groping women and trying to seduce a married woman.

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08.05 am: Question: One positive aspect that you appreciate in one another?

Clinton: I respect his children. They are incredibly able.

Trump: I consider her remark about my children as a compliment. I respect the fact that she is a fighter, she doesn’t give up. She fights hard.

07.55 am:  Donald Trump is denying encouraging people to check out a sex tape of a former Miss Universe- something he recently did on Twitter. Referencing the controversy over former beauty queen Alicia Machado, Trump said his past comments, “It wasn’t, Check out a sex tape.”

Instead, Trump claims he just asked people to “take a look at the past of this of this wonderful Girl Scout who was no Girl Scout.”

07.53 am: His tax reforms will push us back to recession, says Hillary Clinton.

07.40 am:  Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton has “tremendous hate in her heart.” Trump made the comment in reference to Clinton saying earlier in the campaign that half of Trump’s supporters are “deplorables.” Clinton apologized for saying that half of his supporters were deplorables, but didn’t back down from using that word.

07.37 am:  Donald Trump says he disagrees with his running mate Mike Pence on the proper strategy to deal with the civil war and humanitarian crisis in Syria. Debate moderator Martha Raddatz pointed out that Pence had said provocations by Russia in Syria need to be met with “American strength” and the U.S. should be prepared to use air strikes in Syria against the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Trump says the U.S. focus should be on eliminating the Islamic State, and not getting entangled with fights with Assad and Russia.

07.35 am:  Trump says there’s no point in trying to prevent civilian deaths in Aleppo. Syria’s most populous city is under intense bombardment by Russian forces. The U.S. government has warned Russia that it’s killing civilians rather than terrorists. Trump’s vice presidential pick, Mike Pence, said last week the U.S. should use military force if Russia keeps attacking civilians in Syria. Trump says he disagrees with Pence.

Hillary Clinton says she’d try to rein in Russia. She contends that Russia is trying to get Trump elected president.

07.33 am: Coming to the issue of Syria, the moderator asks, “If you are elected as the President, what will you do about syria? what about the humanitarian crisis of Aleppo?”

07.27 am:  Hillary Clinton is promising that no one making less than $250,000 will pay higher taxes under her plan, but those with higher incomes could pay considerably more.

Clinton says she wants to impose a special tax on people making over $1 million and a surcharge on those with incomes above $5 million.

07.25 am:  Donald Trump says he will get rid of the carried interest loophole that allows Wall Street traders to pay a lower tax rate on their earnings.
Trump says he would eliminate the loophole that lets money managers count their earnings as capital gains, which carry a lower tax rate, instead of ordinary income.

07.21 am: I have great balance sheets.  I have no loans with Russia. I know nothing about Russia: Donald Trump

07.16 am: We are a country established on religious freedom. How do we discriminate people on religion? asks Clinton.

07.15 am: Gold rose early Monday, after marking a four-month low in the prior session, supported by an easing dollar, with markets eyeing the second U.S. presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

07.08 am: Hillary Clinton is saying it’s OK to have a public and private position on an issue because Abraham Lincoln did.
She is responding to a question about an email released by a WikiLeaks last week in which Clinton said it’s acceptable for a president to project differing positions. She was asked whether that’s “two-faced.” She says Lincoln did whatever he could to get the 13th Amendment passed, allowing emancipation of the slaves, by lawmakers who did not support African-American equality.

Clinton says: “I was making the point it is hard sometimes to get the Congress to do what you want them to do. That was a great display of presidential leadership.” Trump began his response to Clinton’s statement by rolling his eyes, and says, “Now she’s blaming the late, great Abraham Lincoln.”

07.07 am:  Donald Trump is again insisting he opposed the Iraq War before it started. But despite his repeated claims, the facts are clear: He did not.

There is no evidence Trump expressed public opposition to the war before the U.S. invaded. Rather, he offered lukewarm support. The billionaire businessman only began to voice doubts about the conflict well after it began in March 2003. Trump’s first known public comment on the topic came on Sept. 11, 2002, when he was asked whether he supported a potential Iraq invasion in an interview with radio host Howard Stern.

07.03 am:  Donald Trump denied in Sunday’s debate that he ever kissed and grabbed women without their consent, then argued that his crude words from a newly released video paled in comparison to what he called Bill Clinton’s abuse of women. Standing a few feet away from the former president’s wife, he accused Hillary Clinton of attacking those women herself.

“She should be ashamed of herself,” Trump declared.

07.05 am:  Donald Trump is repeatedly interrupting Hillary Clinton and talking over the debate moderators. He also accuses the two moderators of siding with Clinton and refusing to let him answer questions. The interruptions prompted Clinton to exclaim, “I know that you’re into big diversions tonight.”
Trump seems sensitive to his interactions with Clinton. When the moderators asked a question and it was unclear whose turn it was to answer first, Clinton said, “Go ahead, Donald.”  Trump replied, “No, I’m a gentleman, Hillary, go ahead.” Some in the audience laughed.

07.03 am:  Clinton says 20 million more people have health coverage because of the law. She says she wants to “save what works,” but the next administration will need to get costs down and provide more help to small businesses. She says if the system is repealed it will be “turned back” to the insurance industry.

07.02 am: Obam Care will never work. It is far too expensive and shall never work in the country. We have to rebuild it and infact replace it. ObamaCare is a disaster, says Donald Trump.

06.50 am:  Donald Trump is turning Hillary Clinton’s demand for an apology back onto her, accusing her of stealing the Democratic nomination.
Trump says Clinton unfairly won her party’s nod by cheating rival Bernie Sanders.
About Sanders, who eventually endorsed Clinton, Trump says, “I was so surprised to see him sign on with the devil.”

The long list of accusations was his response to Clinton’s claim that Trump owes an apology to the many people and groups he has publicly quarreled with during his presidential campaign.

6:47 am – It’s just words, folks. It’s just words. Those words I’ve been hearing them for many years, Trump reverted

6:45 am – I said starting back in June that he was not fit to be president… What we all saw and heard on Friday was Donald talking about women. What he thinks about women, what he does to women… I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is. Because we’ve seen this throughout the campaign. We’ve seen him insult women. We’ve seen him rate women on their appearance… spend nearly a week denigrating a former Ms Universe… so yes this is who Donald Trump is: Hillary Clinton

6:43 am – I began this campaign because I was tired of seeing such foolish things happen in this country… My whole concept was to make America great again. Where I watch… what’s happening with some horrible things, like Obamacare, where your health care is going up…

6:40 am – I have a very positive and optimistic view about what we can do. That’s why the slogan of my campaign is ‘stronger together’, said Hillary Clinton

6:35 am – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton did not shake hands after walking out on debate.

6:18 am – Hillary Clinton arrived for the debate at Washington University in St. Louis.

6:10 am – The debate is being moderated by Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and Co-Anchor of “This Week” on ABC, Martha Raddatz, and CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper.

5:50 am – Hillary Clinton has left her St. Louis hotel and is headed for the debate site.

5:34 am – Hillary Clinton’s campaign says “not surprised” to see Trump “destructive race to the bottom,” calls meeting with accusers of Bill Clinton a “stunt”

5:30 am – Bill Clinton raped me and Hillary Clinton threatened me, says woman at Trump’s pre-debate press conference

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5:20 am – Donald Trump livestreamed his unusual pre-debate press conference with alleged victims of Bill Clinton.

5:10 am – Leaked e-mails show Trump right, fact checkers wrong: Clinton wants ‘Open Borders’

5:00 am – Donald Trump holds press event with women who accused former president Bill Clinton of sexual misdeeds.

The second presidential debate is shaping up as potentially Donald Trump’s final opportunity to keep his campaign from collapsing a month before Election Day.

With prominent Republicans already abandoning him in droves, other Republicans, including leaders in Congress, are looking to the debate to see whether Trump shows enough contrition to stand by him despite his vulgar comments about women. There’s been uncertainty about whether the Republican Party might shift resources away from his campaign in the final weeks or even try to replace him on the ticket.

Another layer of unpredictability is the debate format. The candidates are taking questions from undecided voters and will be onstage with stools rather than traditional podiums.

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