Clinton and Trump face off in second debate

The second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in St. Louis was one for the history books. Catch up on all the highlights right here:

Well, that was interesting

Will Trump's attacks on the Clintons — both Hillary and Bill — steady his struggling campaign? Will Clinton's defenses and counter-attacks help build her lead?

Aides will be examining polling data in the coming days for answers.

We'll see you in 10 days for the third and final Clinton-Trump debate, this one in Las Vegas.

— David Jackson

Trump scores top moments on Facebook

Though they weren’t necessarily all good. Facebook logged these as the top moments on the site.

1. Trump dismisses his running mate: “He and I haven’t spoken, and I disagree.”
2. Trump responds to Clinton saying it’s good someone like him isn’t in charge of the law: “Because you’d be in jail.”
3. Trump: “No, I’m a gentleman, Hillary. Go ahead.”

And in overall Facebook buzz, which includes posts, likes and shares, Trump was referenced in 76% of the debate conversation on the site, while Clinton was referenced in 24%. Here are the top subjects Facebook users were talking about:

• Trump Tapes
• Taxes
• Government Ethics
•  Health care

A positive ending

Question: Can one of you say something positive about the other?

Clinton praises Trump's children — and laments the "conflict-oriented" election. Trump says he is very proud of his children — and praises Clinton's resilience.

"She doesn't quit," he says. "She doesn't give up."

Unlike the start, the debate ends with a handshake.

— David Jackson

Energy and the environment

A town hall guests asks about energy policy — and how it might affect the environment.

Trump says "energy is under siege by the Obama administration" and that Clinton wants to put coal miners out of business. He says he will lift regulations in energy companies — and says little about the environment.

Clinton says Trump has put steelworkers out of business by buying steel that China has dumped in the United States. She says she would promote a variety of energy sources, including "clean energy" programs that can fight climate change.

— David Jackson

Supreme Court 

An audience member asks about the Supreme Court.

Clinton says she wants justices "who understands the way the world really works."

She says she wants the court to maintain abortion rights and marriage equality, while Trump backs judges who would reverse those rulings.

Trump noted that the next president will be able to change the court, starting with the replacement of deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. He talks about the importance of the Second Amendment.

— David Jackson

Divided nation — and election

As it began, this debate is ending on a bitter note.

Trump again hit Clinton for her "deplorables" comment, saying: "Believe me — she has tremendous hate in her heart ... she's got tremendous hatred."

Asked whether Trump has the temperament to be president, Clinton said, "no."

"I'm shocked to hear that," Trump replied.

— David Jackson

All the people

Trump is asked: Can you be president of ALL of the people?

"Absolutely," Trump says, taking the opportunity to hit Clinton over her comment that half of Trump supporters belong in a "basket of deplorables."

Trump also says he will help the inner cities, something Clinton and the Democrats only talk about doing.

Clinton talks about her 30 years in public service and says she wants to help all Americans "find a place" in the country — something some people fear about her opponent.

"Maybe they wouldn't have a place in Donald Trump's America," Clinton says.

Clinton says she regrets her deplorables comment: "My argument isn't with his supporter — it's with him."

— David Jackson

Syria — and Russia

What to do about the Syrian civil war — and the refugees?

Clinton says the situation is "catastrophic" and attacks Russia for its activity in Syria. She proposed a no-fly zone and safe zones in the country, and closer cooperation with allies on the ground — save Russia, which she again says wants Trump to win the presidency.

Trump accuses Clinton of Syria policies adopted AFTER she left the State Department.

Clinton "talks tough," Trump says, but she and the Obama administration have created "messes" in the Middle East.

Trump also defends Russia, saying it wants to kill ISIS — and, for good measure, publicly disagrees with running mate Mike Pence's criticism of Russia.

Says Trump: "He and I haven't spoken, and I disagree."

— David Jackson

Throwdown on taxes

Trump says he will reduce taxes and eliminate loopholes that benefit him — giving Clinton a chance to hit him over reports he may not have paid federal income taxes for nearly two decades.

Trump also seems to confirm a New York Times report that he used a massive income loss in 1995 to write off taxes for years — a provision many Clinton supporters have also used.

The New York businessman says he understands the tax laws better than any other candidate.

Trump says Clinton will raise taxes, but Clinton says he is lying because "he lives in an alternative reality."

Clinton says her tax plan will benefit the middle class, while Trump is looking out for the rich.

"Donald always takes care of Donald and people like Donald," she says.

The two also argued again over taxes and Clinton's career. "Here we go again," Clinton said at one point.

— David Jackson

The Russia case

Clinton uses a question to raise questions about Trump's relations with Russia, and its alleged efforts to influence the election — and adds that he should release his tax returns to show if he has business relations with the Russians.

Trump calls Clinton's claims "ridiculous" and says Clinton is upset because leaked documents show she has lied.

And, no, he won't release his tax returns until after an audit, Trump says.

— David Jackson

A Muslim question

A Muslim voter asks about discrimination.

Trump said Islamophobia is "a shame," but the nation does face threats from "radical Islamic terror." He defends increased scrutiny of Muslim immigrants.

"Whether we like it or not, there is a problem," Trump says.

Clinton hammers Trump for "divisive, dark things" he has said about Muslims, and said his "demagogic rhetoric" undermines cooperation with Muslim nations, helping terrorists.

On a follow-up, Trump said his proposed Muslim ban has now "morphed" into what he calls "extreme vetting" of migrants.

Clinton said migrants are in fact heavily screened, and the US should take in more Syrian refugees from a "horrific war."

Clinton hits Trump on his proposed Muslim ban, saying the U.S. should not have a "religious test."

— David Jackson

Obamacare — and intimidation

After a health care question, Clinton explains her position — with Trump standing behind her, mugging her answers.

Clinton criticizes Trump's plan to repeal Obamacare, saying that would eliminate all of its good features.

Trump responds: "Obamacare is a disaster — we all know it."  He pitches a more decentralized health care plan, while saying Clinton wants a "single payer" plan totally run by the federal government.

Hillary is called upon to defend her husband, ex-president Bill Clinton — over his comment that Obamacare is a "crazy system."

Mrs. Clinton said the ex-president "clarified what he meant" and that they want to fix problems in the system but keep the basics intact.

Says Trump: "Everything is broken about it."

— David Jackson

It's apparent this will be the nastiest debate in presidential history ...

Clinton says it's a good thing that someone with Trump's temperament won't have control of law enforcement.

Trump shot back: "Because you'd be in jail."

Clinton again calls her private email system a mistake but says she has been careful with classified information.

Trump calls Clinton a liar and adds: "You should be ashamed of yourself."

Clinton tells Trump he only wants to change the subject: "I know you're into big diversion tonight."

— David Jackson

The birther issue comes up

Clinton hits Trump for the "racist lie" about President Obama's birthplace and says he owes the president an apology.

Trump suggests — without evidence — that Clinton started the birther movement, and she owes the apology.

For good measure, Trump says he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton's private emails.

Clinton responds: "Everything thing he said is absolutely false — but I'm not surprised."

— David Jackson

The Trump tape

Anderson Cooper goes there, asking Trump about the newly released tape.

Trump denies the suggestion he was endorsing sexual assault. He again apologizes for his comments but downplays them as "locker room talk."

He adds: "I have great respect for women — nobody respects women more than I do."

Clinton also gets the question, and she says the tape again proves Trump is unfit for the presidency. "Donald Trump is different," she says, and the tape proves Trump is a man who doesn't like or respect women, not to mention immigrants, Muslims, and others.

"Yes, this is who Donald Trump is," she said.

Trump replies to Clinton's attack: "It's just words, folks, just words." He attacks Clinton's record as U.S. senator, and is cut off — much to his annoyance.

Trump goes there after another tape question, going after Bill and Hillary Clinton.

"Bill Clinton was abusive to women," Trump said. "Hillary Clinton attacked those women."

Clinton said Trump made many false statements but can run his campaign however he sees fit.

As for her: "When they go low, you go high."

She also pointed out that Trump never apologizes for his transgressions.

— David Jackson

Yep, it’s all about Trump

As the debate started, the folks over at Facebook culled the topics received the most buzz on the site, and here’s how they stack up.

1. Trump Tape
2. Wikileaks Release
3. Crime & Criminal Justice
4. Government Ethics
5. Iraq, Syria & ISIS

— Donovan Slack

Good behavior 

Right off the bat, a town hall questioner asks about the negative behavior in the campaign.

Clinton goes the high way, saying she has "a very positive and optimistic view" of the country, and wants to "heal' it.

Trump says "I actually agree with that" — and, while subdued, goes after "horrible things" like Obamacare, the Iran nuclear agreement and bad trade deals.

No personal attack on Clinton (or her husband) however.

— David Jackson

No handshake

The candidates did not shake hands — it's going to be that kind of night.








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