- Title: Trump, Clinton campaign claim victory at second debate
- Date: 10th October 2016
- Summary: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** PAN OF SPIN ROOM FORMER MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY RUDY GIULIANI FOLLOWED BY DR. BEN CARSON (SOUNDBITE) (English) TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER KELLYANNE CONYWAY SAYING: "It was a big night for the campaign. Mr. Trump won the debate. She was defensive without sufficiently defending herself and you saw a very resolute, very principled Donald Trump showing that he is ready to be president and commander-in-chief on day one. He took the case to her over ISIS, over Syria, over Benghazi, over her emails, over any number of reasons why a majority of Americans find her not to be honest or trustworthy." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLINTON CAMPAIGN CHAIR JOHN PODESTA SAYING: "He was incoherent and I think she was you know. He was on, he obviously came in with a specific idea of just being on attack all night long. I think what she wanted to do was talk the voters who were asking questions. This was a town hall format and to talk to voters across the country. And I think he's desperate. He's trying to change the subject. He's trying to take people's mind off what people should have known for a long time but certainly saw over the course of the weekend. And I think we had a good night." (SOUNDBITE) (English) TRUMP CAMPAIGN SPOKESPERSON KATRINA PIERSON SAYING: "I think really the prosecution of Hillary Clinton's record and calling her out on her lies and then talking about the Wikileaks documents that were released which she did not refute, every time she had to respond she was that's not true, that's not true and everybody knows it's true. I think really just exposing her. And that's why you saw tonight Donald Trump look very presidential. He made his case. He prosecuted the case and Hillary Clinton looked extremely rattled." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLINTON CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS JENNIFER PALMIERI SAYING: "We think people know who he is. What we wanted to do in this debate is understand that there are voters over the course of the last 48 hours heard the really terrible things he said about women on "Access Hollywood" and that they were, they decided they can't vote for him. So looking to see Hillary Clinton - does she have the plays that I'm concerned about and we think that. And that is what we wanted her to come in to do and she was able to do that about healthcare costs and how do you create jobs and how do you keep the tax code fair. And that is the opportunity that this debate gave us and we wanted to do." (SOUNDBITE) (English) BILL CLINTON ACCUSER JUANITA BROADDRICK SAYING: "Here I'm standing. Here I'm standing saying I was raped. Bill Clinton and his wife threatened me. And you know I probably should have done something at this time but I was too frightened by them. " (SOUNDBITE) (English) BILL CLINTON ACCUSER PAULA JONES SAYING: "Bill Clinton did a lot worse. Actions speak louder than words." PAN OF SPIN ROOM
- Embargoed: 25th October 2016 05:39
- Keywords: Hillary Clinton Donald Trump debate
- Location: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES
- City: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00153F75TZ
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- Story Text: A defiant Donald Trump on Sunday (October 9) attacked former President Bill Clinton for his treatment of women and vowed, if he won the White House, to put Hillary Clinton in jail for operating a private email server while U.S. secretary of state.
In a contentious town-hall debate, Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, said he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into his Democratic rival's email use because she had endangered national security during her tenure as President Barack Obama's chief diplomat from 2009-2013.
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.
Trump said he was embarrassed by the video but dismissed it as "locker room talk." President Bill Clinton had done worse to women, he said.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said debate "was a big night for the campaign."
"Mr. Trump won the debate. She was defensive without sufficiently defending herself and you saw a very resolute, very principled Donald Trump showing that he is ready to be president and commander-in-chief on day one. He took the case to her over ISIS, over Syria, over Benghazi, over her emails, over any number of reasons why a majority of Americans find her not to be honest or trustworthy," Conway said.
Clinton campaign chair John Podesta said Mr. Trump was "incoherent."
"He obviously came in with a specific idea of just being on attack all night long. I think what she wanted to do was talk the voters who were asking questions. This was a town hall format and to talk to voters across the country. And I think he's desperate. He's trying to change the subject. He's trying to take people's mind off what people should have known for a long time but certainly saw over the course of the weekend .And I think we had a good night," Podesta said.
A flood of Republicans have withdrawn their support for Trump over the video. The controversy has pitched Trump into the biggest crisis of his 16-month-old campaign and deepened fissures between him and establishment Republicans.
The debate's town hall-style format, with undecided voters posing about half the questions and the debate's two moderators posing the others, allowed the candidates to move freely around the stage and address the questioners directly.
Clinton, 68, and Trump, 70, both stood up to answer questions, and Clinton frequently stood directly in front of the questioners to try to make a connection with voters. At times Trump stood almost over her shoulder, or wandered the stage, while she spoke.
Trump complained about moderators Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC News, saying the debate was "three on one."
Trump and Clinton clashed on a series of topics throughout the debate, battling over taxes, healthcare, U.S. policy in the Syria civil war and Clinton's comments that half of Trump's supporters belonged in a "basket of deplorables."
Before the debate, Trump had threatened he was going to attack Bill Clinton for his marital infidelities in response to criticism from Hillary Clinton that the Republican nominee is a misogynist who has a history of mistreating women.
Trump appeared with Paula Jones, who filed a sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton in 1991, Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Bill Clinton of rape in 1978, and Kathleen Willey, a former White House aide who accused Bill Clinton of groping her in 1993.
None of the accusations was new. Bill Clinton was never charged in any of the cases, and he settled a sexual harassment suit with one of the women, Paula Jones, for $850,000 with no apology or admission of guilt.
Also at the event was Kathy Shelton, who was raped at the age of 12. Hillary Clinton, a practicing attorney at the time, defended the rapist who ultimately pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.
Clinton's campaign responded to Trump's pre-debate event by calling it a "stunt" and a "destructive race to the bottom."
Asked at the end to name one thing each admired about the other, Clinton said she respected his children for their ability and devotion to Trump. In response, Trump called her a fighter and said he admired her for her refusal to give up.
As the moderators announced the end of the debate, the two candidates turned toward each other and shook hands.
Their next and last debate is on Oct. 19.
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