Oct 20, 2016 08:19(IST) 08:19(IST) 08:09(IST) 08:09(IST) Trump interrupted Hillary a lot
As the debate ends, it is important to note that while Hillary Clinton interrupted Donald Trump once or twice during the debate, Trump interrupted her almost everytime she spoke and almost on every issue. It is clear that he was a lot more careless when it came to following the rules of the debate.
08:06(IST) Closing statements Hillary: I am reaching out to all Americans. We need everybody to make our country stronger. We need your talents and your energy. I know the huge responsibility of protecting out country. I will stand up for families against powerful interests. I will do everything to make sure you have jobs.
Trump: We're going to make America great again. We don't take care of our veterans...we take care of illegal immigrants. Our inner cities are a disaster. I will do more for African Americans and Latinos. We cannot take four more years of Barack Obama. 08:03(IST) 08:03(IST)
"We have to repeal Obamacare," Trump said. "It's probably going to die of its own weight," he added. "She wants to keep Obamacare and she wants to make it worse," he said.
"My social security payroll contribution will go up," Hillary said.
08:01(IST) 08:00(IST) 08:00(IST) On national debt
"I'm going to create tremendous jobs," Trump said. "We have a tremendous machine...to do that, we're taking back jobs. We're not going to let our jobs be taken by other countries," he added. "We have people who are political hacks making trade deals with other countries," he said.
"We have the greatest businesspeople in the world. We need those to make negotiations...We have to use our great people. We will create an economic machine the likes of which people have not seen in many years," Trump added.
"It's important to recognise that he has been criticising our governments for decades," Hillary said, adding that Trump had used the exact words against Ronald Reagan. "I pay for everything I am proposing," Hillary said.
"When I talk about how we are going to pay for education, we are going where the money is," she said. "There is no evidence that will diminish our growth...we have to go back to making the middle class stronger," she added.
07:55(IST) On Aleppo
"Aleppo is a disaster...it has fallen," Donald Trump said. "And a lot of this is because of Hillary Clinton. By fighting Assad, she realised that he is much tougher and smarter than she thought," he added.
"Assad has alligned with Russia," Trump said. "We're backing rebels but we don't know who the rebels are...if the rebels overthrow Assad, we might have someone worse than Assad," he said. "Wait till you see what happens in the coming years," he said.
"We've had millions of people leave Syria. I think we could strike a deal and make it clear to Russians and Syrians that a no-fly zone was for the good of the people," Hillary said.
She added that she was not going to allow violent people to come into the country but she was not going to be unreasonable on immigration.
"She will defeat ISIS? We should have never let ISIS happen in the first place," Trump said. "Our country is so outplayed by Putin and Assad," he added.
"Bernie Sanders said you have bad judgement...and you do," Trump said.
"You should ask Bernie Sanders who he is supporting," Hillary said. "He has also said you are the most dangerous person to run for President," she said in response.
07:47(IST) 07:47(IST) 07:47(IST) On Islamic State, terrorism
"I am encouraged that there is an effort by the Iraqi army, supported by Kurdish forces...but I will not support putting American forces in Iraq...I don't think that would be smart to do...I think that would be a red flag for ISIS to re-constitute itself," Hillary said.
"I am hopeful that the hard work that the American military advisors have done will pay off," she said. "Syria will remain a hotbed of terrorism until the civil war aided by the Iranians and Russians remains," she added.
"We had Mosul...but when she took everyone out, we lost it," Trump said. "Whatever happened to the element of surprise? I've been reading about retaking Mosul for about 3 months now," he said.
"Mosul is going to be a wonderful thing and Iran should write us a thank you," Trump added. "We're going to retake Mosul and you know who's going to be the beneficiary? Iran," he said.
"The big winner is going to be Iran," he said.
"Donald is once again denying that he supported the Iraq invasion," Hillary said.
"Wrong...wrong...wrong," said Trump in response, giving us all a déjà vu.
07:41(IST) 07:40(IST) 07:40(IST) On Trump's allegation of this election being rigged
"I will look at it (the election result) at the time," Trump said. "First of all, the media is so dishonest and corrupt...
The New York Times wrote an aritcle...I think the people can see through all the lies," he said.
"Millions of people are registered to vote who shouldn't vote," Trump said. "She shouldn't be allowed to run for the Presidency based on what she did with emails," he said.
"I will keep you in suspense," Trump said.
"This is horrifying," Hillary said in response. "When the FBI concluded there was nothing wrong with the emails, he claimed the FBI was rigged," he added.
"There was a time when he didn't get an Emmy for his show and he concluded that the Emmy was rigged," she said.
"We've had free and fair elections and we must accept the results," she said. "It just shows that you're not up to doing the job."
07:36(IST) Donald Trump first candidate to not reveal his tax returns: Hillary
"He is the first candidate to run for President in the last 40 years who has not revealed his tax returns," Hillary Clinton said. "He has not paid a penny in federal income tax," she added. "We have undocumented immigrants who are paying more tax than a billionaire," she said.
07:34(IST) Clinton Foundation is a criminal enterprise: Trump
"Everything I did as Secretary of State was in furtherance of our country's values," Hillary said, adding that the Clinton Foundation was a world renowned foundation. "Clinton Foundation made it possible for 11 million HIV+ people to get treatment," she said.
"Clinton Foundation is a criminal enterprise," Trump said in response. "Why don't you give back the money you took from other countries?" he said.
"We at the Clinton Foundation spent 90 percent of all the money donated...We have the highest rating from international watchdogs," she said. "I'd be happy to compare what we do with the Trump Foundation," she added.
"A 100 percent (of Trump Foundation) is spent...I don't buy boats with it," Trump said.
07:30(IST) 07:30(IST) 07:27(IST) Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger: Hillary
"Those stories have been largely debunked...I have a feeling it was her campaign that did it," he said, referring to the sexual assault allegations against him. "I didn't even apologise to my wife because I didn't do anything."
"I think they either wanted fame or their campaign did it," Trump said, adding that Obama and Hillary incited violence on many occasions. "It was all fiction and lies."
"Donald held a number of rallies where he said he could not have done those things to women because they were not attractive enough," Hillary said.
"I. Did. Not. Say. That," said Trump.
"Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger," Hillary said. "America is great because America is good," she said.
"Nobody has more respect for women than I do," Trump said in response. "What isn't fictionalised are the 33,000 leaked emails," he said, raising the same issue he has raised over the last two debates.
07:22(IST) Hillary gave us ISIS: Trump
"She's been doing this for 30 years...why the hell didn't you do this for the last 30 years?" Trump said, referring to Hillary's plans for the economy. "For 30 years, you've been in a position to help," Trump added.
"The problem is that you talk...but you don't do anything. 6 billion dollars was missing when you were handling the state department," Trump said.
"What he said about the state department has been debunked," Hillary said in response.
Hillary then talked about a time when Trump was getting sued for racial discrimination and then raised the issue of Trump insulting Alicia Machado again. "I am happy to compare my 30 years of experience with your 30 years and I'll let American people make that decision," she said.
"Well, I think I did a great job....If we could run our country like the way we've run our company, we would have a country to be proud of," Trump said. "She gave us ISIS," he said.
07:18(IST) 07:18(IST) 07:17(IST) India growing at 8%: Trump
"When you inherit the level of economic catastrophe which President Obama inherited...President Obama doesn't get the credit he deserves," Hillary said. "I propose that we invest from the ground up...not the top down," she added.
I just met some high representatives of India...they are growing at 8 percent," Donald Trump said.
"Our country is stagnant...we've lost out jobs...we're not making anything," Trump said. "I pass factories that were thriving 25 years ago...and because of the bill her husband signed, it's horrible what has happened to these people," he said.
07:14(IST) 07:13(IST) On economy
"When middle class thrives, America thrives. My plan is based on giving middle class more opportunities....I think we can compete with high wage countries....I want to do more to help small businesses," Hillary Clinton said. "I sure do want to make sure that women get equal pay....I want more technical education...I want to make college debt-free."
"We're going to go where the money is," she further said. "We are going to have the wealthy pay their shares...that is a plan that has been analysed by independent experts who say that will create 10 million new jobs," Hillary said, adding that Donald Trump's plan would cost them jobs.
"She can say all she wants about college tuitions but the rest of the public is going to be paying for it," Trump said. Trump said that a lot of countries which the US had been protecting were paying up after Trump raised this issue since last year. "We have to tell Japan, Germany and South Korea in a very nice way that they need to help us out," he said.
"Our jobs are sucked out of our economy because of the deals her husband signed," Trump said, adding that there was going to be a lot of free trade under his leadership. "We're going to cut business taxes massively...we are going to start the engine rolling again," he said.
"I have repeatedly said that I will not raise taxes," Hillary said in response.
07:07(IST) 07:06(IST) 07:06(IST) 07:05(IST) 07:05(IST) Hillary outsmarted by Putin: Trump
"Of course I condemn their interference in our elections," Trump said. "I don't know Putin...Putin is not my best friend," he said.
"She has been outsmarted by Putin," said an aggressive Trump.
"I find it ironic that he is raising nuclear weapons," Hillary Clinton said, adding that he had been very vague about the use of nuclear weapons.
"Wrong," came the response from Donald Trump.
07:03(IST) Russians engaging in espionage against Americans: Hillary on Wikileaks
"We will not have open borders...we will have secure borders but we will also have reform," Hillary Clinton said. "We trade more energy with our neighbours than we do with the rest of the world combined," she said.
"The Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans," Hillary Clinton said on Wikileaks. "Then they have given that information to Wikileaks...17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed that they did this for the elections," she said.
"She wants open borders...people are going to pour into our country," Donald Trump. "We are going to stop radical Islamic terrroism in the country. She won't mention the words and neither will Obama," he said.
"We have a country with a tremendous number of nuclear warheads and she's playing chicken," Trump said.
Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump would rather have a puppet as a President. "You're the puppet!" said a dramatic Trump in response.
"We have never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our elections," Hillary said, going back to the topic of Russia.
"She has no idea which country is doing this," Donald Trump said.
"She doesn't like Putin because Putin has outsmarted her in every way," Trump further said, attacking Hillary Clinton.
Pretty much sumps up Trump on immigration 06:57(IST) Debate moves to immigration as things get a bit aggressive
"She wants to give amnesty, which is a disaster...We need to secure our borders," Donald Trump said. "Drugs are pouring in through the border. We have no country if we have no border," he added.
"The biggest complaint they have in New Hamshire is heroine...it's poisoning the blood of their youth...We have to keep the drugs out of our country. We cannot give amnesty," he said.
"I want to build a wall...we need the wall," Trump said.
"I don't want to rip families apart...I don't want to see the deportation port in action in our country," Hillary said. "You would have to have a massive law enforcement forces where they would be going from schools to businesses rounding up people," she said. "It is an idea that would rip our country apart...I voted for border security in our nation. But I wanted to put our resources where they are needed: getting rid of any violent person."
"I think we are both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws," Hillary said.
"I had a very good meeting with the president of Mexico," Donald Trump said. "Hillary Clinton wanted the wall...Hillary Clinton voted for the wall in 2006."
"I had voted for border security..." Hillary said. "Wall," Donald said, interrupting Hillary.
"Donald used undocumented labour to build his tower," Hillary said.
06:50(IST) On abortion issues
"So many states are putting very stringent decisions on women," Hillary Clinton said. "Donald has said he is in support of defunding planned parenthood...I will support planned parenthood. He said women should be punished...and I just could not be more opposed to that kind of thinking," she added.
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"I think it's terrible what Hillary is saying. I think it's terrible if you can rip the baby in the ninth month of pregnancy...that's not acceptable," Donald Trump said in response. Hillary responded and said that is not what she said.
"I've been to countries where governments either forced women to have abortions or forced women to have children," she said.
Here's where both the candidates stand on guns. 06:45(IST) On Second Amendment rights
"I support the Second Amendment," Hillary Clinton said. "But I also believe that there should be constant regulation...When I think about what we need to do, we have 33,000 people who die because of guns," she said, adding that there need to be background checks.
"I see no conflict between saving people's lives and the Second Amendment," she added.
Referring to a specific case in the Supreme Court, Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton was extremely upset with the decision taken in that case. Hillary responded by saying that she was upset because of the "toddlers" who were killed.
"In Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws, there is probably the most amount of gun violence," Trump said. "We are going to appoint justices that will feel very strongly about the Second Amendment," he added.
06:40(IST) On Supreme Court appointments
"When we talk about the Supreme Court, it raises the central issue of this election: What kind of country are we going to be?" Hillary Clinton said. "The Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of American people, not on the side of the wealthy," she said, adding that the Supreme Court needed to stand on the side of the women and for LGBT rights.
"I feel that it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, we stand up and say the Supreme Court should represent all of us. The kind of people we nominate will stand up for the rights of the people," she added.
"The Supreme Court is what it's all about. It's imperative that we have the right justice system," Donald Trump said. "We need a Supreme Court that is going to uphold the Second Amendment which is under absolute siege," Trump said, adding that he does not think that Hillary Clinton will win.
"I feel the justices I am going to appoint will be pro-life and will protect the Second Amendment...They will interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it to be interpreted...It's all about the Constitution," Trump said.
06:35(IST) 06:34(IST) 06:33(IST) Will Mike Pence tweet in support of Trump?
In the last debate, Pence had not posted any tweet till the very end of the debate. It will be interesting to see whether he tweets in support of Trump today.
06:33(IST) 06:27(IST) 06:27(IST) 06:22(IST) (Updates begin for 20 October.)
Third and final debate to begin soon 09:30(IST)
This pretty much sums up all of Trump's trash talk during the debate.
09:01(IST) 08:33(IST) Trump's attack on Bill Clinton
With his campaign in chaos, Trump has stepped up his attacks on former president Clinton, asserting that he has a history of abusing women.
In an extraordinary step, Trump convened a press event just moments before the debate that included several women who accuse him of sexual harassment and rape.
Introduced by Trump as "very courageous women," his invited speakers included Paula Jones, a former government employee in Arkansas who sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, and Juanita Broaddrick, also of Arkansas, who claims that Clinton raped her in 1978.
The debate came at perhaps the most pivotal moment of the 2016 presidential race, with Trump needing a dramatic boost if he is to claw back ground against Clinton, who has surged in the polls since their first debate on 26 September.
Clinton's campaign has dismissed Trump's sensational targeting of Bill Clinton as an "act of desperation."
"Republicans are leaving you," Clinton told him on the debate stage, saying his campaign was "exploding." -
AFP 08:25(IST) 08:19(IST)
Mike Pence finally tweets 08:12(IST) 08:11(IST) No tweet from Mike Pence
It is extremely significant to note that while Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine was constantly tweeting throughout the debate, Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence has not put out a single tweet. Remember that Pence had also spoke against Trump on the issue of the tape in which Trump talked proudly about sexual assault.
08:07(IST) Question: Can you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?
"I think that's a very fair question," Hillary Clinton said. "I respect his (Trump's) children...they are devoted. I think that says a lot about Donald. I believe that this election has become in part so conflict-oriented because there is a lot at stake."
"I consider her statement about my children a great compliment. I will say this about Hillary: She doesn't quit. She doesn't give up. She's a fighter. And I consider that to be very good trait," said Donald Trump.
08:03(IST) 08:03(IST) 08:02(IST) On energy
"I will bring our energy companies back," Trump said. "We are putting our energy companies out of business."
"The price of oil has been way down because Middle East controls the oil prices....We've got to remain energy independent," said Hillary.
08:00(IST) 08:00(IST) No tweet from Mike Pence so far
Meanwhile, Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence has not tweeted anything about the debate since it began.
07:59(IST) On the Supreme Court
"I want to appoint Supreme Court justices who understand the way it works, who have real life experience," Hillary Clinton said. "I would like the Supreme Court that the voting rights are still a problem in many parts of our country..I want a Supreme Court that will stick with marriage equality. Among the people Donald has suggested for Supreme Court judges, there are those who would reverse marriage equality."
"I have very clear views on what I want to see which would change the balance," she said.
"I'm looking for judges and I've actually picked 20 of them," said Trump. "Why isn't she (Hillary) put money in your campaign? You made a lot of it considering the fact that you were in office."
"Those of us who have had the privilege of seeing this job up close know how difficult this," Hillary Clinton said when asked if Donald Trump had the temperament to be President. "We are back on the right track...he would move us back to recession."
07:52(IST) Hillary on attack on Trump supporters
"I apologised for that," Hillary said, adding that her obejction was not with Trump but with what Trump was saying. "We ran a campaign based on issues, not insults. We believe that we can make the country better," she said.
"We have a divided nation," said Trump in response. "We have an increase in murder in our cities...She has tremendous hate in our hearts. When she said 'deplorable' and 'irredeemable', she meant it."
07:48(IST) 'President for all our people'
"I will be a President for all of our people. I will give strength and economics to people," Donald Trump said. "I would be a President for all the people."
"African-Americans have 45 percent poverty in the inner cities," Trump said. "She's been talking about the inner cities for 25 years...she'd not going to do anything about it. She's all talk...it doesn't get done," he said.
"I have tried my entire life to do what I can to support children and families. Donald talks a lot about the 30 years I have been in public service. I worked to make sure that kids with disabilities could get a public education," Hillary said in response. "I have a deep devotion to make sure that every American has a place in our country...A lot of people are worried that they would not have a place in Donald's America."
"Children listen to what is being said. Teachers call it the Trump Effect. Bullying is up in schools," she said.
07:44(IST) Would not use American ground forces in Syria: Hillary Clinton
"I would not use American ground forces in Syria...I don't think American troops should be holding territory. I hope by the time I am President, we would have pushed ISIS out of Iraq," Hillary said.
"I would consider arming the Kurds. I think they should have the equipment," Hillary Clinton said.
07:41(IST) 07:40(IST) 07:40(IST) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Syria
"The situation in Syria is catastrophic...There is a determined effort by the Russian airforce to destroy Aleppo. Russia hasn't paid any attention to ISIS. They're interested in keeping Assad in power. We need some leverage with the Russians. Because they're not going to come to the negotiating table unless there is some leverage...Russia has decided that it is all in in Russia. I've stood up to Russia and I've taken on Putin," Hillary Clinton said. "I do support the effort to investigate the war crimes by Syrians and Russians," she added.
"I don't think Obama would be listening to you anymore. She talks tough against Russia. But our nuclear programme is going nowhere. And Russia is going ahead with their nuclear programme. She talks about the rebels...she doesn't even know who the rebels are," Trump said. "We end up arming the rebels," Trump said, adding that soon, the rebels turn against them.
Trump also called the Iran deal the "dumbest deal" he had seen till now. "She wants to fight for rebels...you don't even know who the rebels are. I don't like Assad at all. But Assad is killing ISIS. Russia is killing ISIS," he added.
The moderator then repeated the question to Trump and asked what he would do. "Right now, Syria is fighting ISIS. I believe we have to get ISIS. We have to worry about ISIS," he said.
"I pay tax and I pay federal tax too," said Donald Trump. "She (Hillary) talks about taxes. Why doesn't she do anything about it? She doesn't do anything excepot talk," Trump said, launching an intense attack on Clinton.
"8 million kids have health insurance because of the health insurance programme I create along with Democrats and Republicans," she said. "When I was Secretary of State, I went around the world advocating for our country and also for women's rights."
"400 people of legislation have my name on it," Hillary further said. "You have to be able to get along with people to get work done," she said.
07:28(IST) 07:27(IST) Clinton and Trump on taxes
"Hillary Clinton is raising your taxes really high. What that is going to do is going to be a disaster for the country...We have no growth in this country. If China has GDP (growth) like 7 percent, that is a catastrophe," Trump said. "But she is raising taxes massively," he added.
"Everything you heard from Donald is not true. He lives in an alternative reality. It's amusing to hear someone who has not paid taxes talk about what'es going to do. Donald always takes care of Donald and people like Donald. The way he talks about tax cuts would end up raising taxes for middle class," she said.
"We've got to go where the money is," she said, adding that the people who were wealthy needed to be taxed. "I want to invest in you. I want to invest in hard-working people," she added.
"Our intelligence said that the Russian government are directing the attacks and hackings on American accounts," Hillary Clinton said. "We have never in the history of our country where an adversary is working so hard to get someone elected and believe me, they are not doing it to get me elected," she added.
"Maybe it is because Donald has praised Putin," Hillary said and then shifted the focus on Trump's tax returns.
"The reason they blame Russia is because they think they are trying to tarnish me with Russia. I don't know Russia," Trump said. "Many of her friends like Warren Buffet took more deductions than me when it came to taxes," he added.
07:19(IST) 07:19(IST) 07:18(IST) 07:18(IST) 07:17(IST) Trump on his call for ban on Muslims
"The Muslim ban is something that has morphed into extreme vetting," Trump said. "We're going into area like Syria, from where they are coming in by the thousands...We have no idea who they are, where they are from or what they want for our country," he added.
"I don't want to have hundreds of thousands of people from Syria coming into our country when we already have so many problems," he said.
"I will not anyone into our country who I think poses a risk to us. But there are children suffering in this catastrophic war, largely I believe because of Russian aggression," Hillary Clinton said. "It is important for us that as a policy, we don't say, as Donald has said, that we ban people on the basis of religion. How do we do what he has said without causing great distress?" she said.
"I thought what he said was extremely unwise. What Donald Trump said about Muslims is used to recruit fighters (terrorists)," Hillary said, adding that Donald Trump had supported the Iraq war.
"When we want to send the illegal immigrants back, many times the original country do not want them back because they are criminals. I am going to send them back. We are also letting drugs pour through our Southern border at a record rate," Trump said in response.
07:11(IST) Trump and Clinton on Muslims being targeted
"We have to make sure that Muslims come in and report when they see something going on. Muslims have to report the problems when they see them," Donald Trump said. "If they don't do that, it is a very difficult thing for the whole country. There are radical Islamic terrorists. And she and President Obama won't say the name," Trump added.
"We've had Muslims in America since George Washington. We've had some very successful Muslims. My vision for America is where everyone has a place...It's also very short-sighted and dangerous to be engaging in the conversation Trump is engaging in," she said. "I intend to defeat ISIS...to do so in majority with Muslim nations," she added.
"We are not at war with Islam," she said.
07:07(IST) 07:07(IST) 07:06(IST)
"We are in a situation in which if we were to start all over again, we would do it differently," Hillary said as the moderator asked whether she agreed with Bill Clinton's criticism of Obamacare. "20 million people now have health insurance...let's fix what's broken about it but let's not throw it away," she said.
"Everything is wrong about it," Trump said in response.
07:04(IST) On Obamacare
"I'm going to fix it," said Hillary Clinton. "When we're talking about reining in the costs, when the Affordable Care Act was passed, the 170 million of us who get health insurance from our employers got big benefits," she said. She then listed the various benefits, including the fact women could get the same insurance as men.
"Obamacare is a disaster. It's going at numbers that nobody has seen worldwide. Their method of fixing it i to go back to Congress and ask for more money. Obamacare will never work," Trump said. "We have to repeal it and replace it with something much less expensive," he added. "You will have the finest healthcare plan."
07:00(IST) 06:59(IST) 06:59(IST) No classified materials were leaked: Hillary on emails issue
"It was a mistake," said Hillary Clinton on the issue of the 33,000 emails. "But after a year-long investigation, there is no evidence that someone hacked the server I was using. There is evidence that any classified materials went into the wrong hands," she added.
"And yet, she didn't know the letter 'C' in the document," Trump said in response. "You think it was fine to delete 33,000 emails? I don't think so. 33,000 emails deleted and she said there was nothing wrong," he added.
"I am so disappointed in Congressmen and Republicans for allowing this to happen. But for you to say that there was nothing wrong in deleting 39,000 emails is absolutely wrong," Trump further said.
"It's just not true," Hillary said, as Trump kept interrupting her. "Ok Donald, I know that you're into diversion tonight," Hillary said.
06:55(IST) 06:55(IST) You owe an apology: Trump tells Clinton
"You owe the President an apology," Trump said. "I've gotten to see the commercials that they did on you," he added. "What you should be apologising for are the 33,000 emails that you deleted. If I win, I am going to instruct the Attorney General to get a special prosecutor to look into this," he added.
"The people of this country are furious," Trump added, shifting focus yet again.
"Everything he said is absolutely false," Hillary said in response. She asked the people to fact-check Trump's remarks. As she said that it was extremely fortunate that someone like Trump was not in charge of fact-checking, Trump said, "...because you'd be in jail."
06:51(IST) Hillary Clinton says this is not just about one video
"So much of what he said was not right. He gets to decide what he wants to talk about. When I hear something like that, I am reminded of what Michelle Obama told us: When they go low, you go high. If this is just about one video, it would be understandable. But everyone can draw their conclusions about him (Donald Trump). But he never apologises," Hillary said in response.
"He never apologised for the racist lie that President Obama was not born in the USA," she said.
06:49(IST) 06:48(IST) If you look at Bill Clinton, there has never been anyone in the history of politics that has been so abusive to women: Trump
"That was locker room talk. I am not proud of it. I am person who has great respect for his family. If you look at Bill Clinton, there has never been anyone in the history of politics that has been so abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked the same women. One of the women was raped at 12. And she (Hillary) has been seen laughing at the rape victim,"Donald Trump said.
06:46(IST) It's just words: Donald Trump
"It's just words. I've heard them when Hillary is talking about the inner cities in our country, which are in terrible shape," Donald Trump said.
06:45(IST) Hillary said Trump tapes show who Donald Trump really is
"I've spent a lot of time thinking about what we heard and saw," Hillary Clinton said. "I never question someone's fitness to serve. Donald Trump is different. I said earlier that he was not fit to be President. Many Republicans have said the same thing. What we saw and heard on Friday was what Donald thinks about women. I think it represents exactly what Donald is. We have seen Donald berate women, rate them on their looks. So, yes, this is who Donald Trump is. But it is not only women and not just this video which raises a question about his fitness. Because he has also targeted African Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities."
"I want to send a message to the entire world: that America is already great. But it is great because we are good. We will respect one another and we will respect diversity," she said.
06:42(IST) The Trump tapes
"This was locker room talk. I'm not proud of it...I apologised to the American people. We have a world in which you have ISIS chopping off heads...we have a world where you have so many bad things happen," said Donald Trump. "It's one of those things...I'm going to knock the hell out of ISIS. I will take care of ISIS," he said, trying to move the focus away from his remarks.
"Nobody has more respect for women that I do," said Trump. "I'm going to make our country safe. I'm going to make the borders safe again. And I'm going to make America wealthy again."
"We're going to make great trade deal....we have to bring back respect to law enforcement. I want to make our inner cities better for our African-American citizens," Donald Trump said.
06:39(IST) My whole concept was to make America great again: Donald Trump
"I agree with everything she said. I began this campaign because I was so tired of seeing bad things happen to this country. My whole concept was to make America great again. I saw some horrible things happen...like Obamacare," Donald Trump said.
06:37(IST) Hillary begins on 'optimistic' note
Hillary Clinton begins the debate. "I've heard from lots of teachers and parents about the things being done in this campaign. Our country is great because we're good. We're going to respect one another. We're going to be looking for ways to respect diversity. I have a positive and optimistic view about what we can do together," she said on a question about whether she felt the attitude during the first debate had been to negative.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off Monday in one of the most consequential presidential debates in modern US history, with up to 100 million viewers to tune in for the hotly-anticipated political duel.
With polls tightening into a virtual dead heat, the stakes could hardly be higher: the first woman to win the White House nomination for a major US party, against a New York tycoon turned reality star who has upended the political establishment.
Commentators call it a clash of the titans: a 90-minute endurance test between Clinton the Democrat, arguably the most experienced US presidential candidate ever, and Trump the Republican, perhaps the least experienced nominee for a major party.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in file photos. AFP
The outcome of this political show for the ages could shape the last six-week stint of an election that has deeply polarised the country and left Trump fighting to overcome allegations of bigotry and sexism.
Wall Street stocks tumbled Monday in anticipation of the first of three live, televised debates before the November 8 election.
A decisive win for Clinton could see her pull ahead. A strong performance from Trump could keep the vote competitive or even possibly see him pull out in front.
Hosted at Hofstra University on Long Island, a mere 60-minute drive from Manhattan and chaired by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, the debate may attract an audience closer to the size of the Super Bowl when it kicks off at 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Tuesday), beamed live around the country.
The questions will revolve around three themes: "America's direction, achieving prosperity, and securing America."
Both candidates, the most disliked US presidential rivals in contemporary history, have spent days furiously prepping and honing which strategy they believe will inflict maximum damage on the other.
Clinton, 68, is nothing if not experienced with four decades of public service tucked under her belt -- a veteran of 34 primary debates, having run and lost for president in 2008 against Barack Obama.
"When the spotlights are at the brightest and the pressure is the most intense, that's when she brings her A-plus game," said Clinton running mate Tim Kaine.
Trump, the 70-year-old maverick billionaire, has refused to play by the rules. He has never held public office but stormed through the primaries, crushing his 16 opponents with a populist, say-it-how-it-is message that has resonated among Americans fed up with establishment politicians.
According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 53 percent of Americans voters do not believe that Trump is qualified to be president, lacking the temperament and knowledge.
The Republican Trump is unrivalled at hogging the limelight, but considered weak on policy.
But while Clinton is masterful when it comes to policy details, she suffers from perceptions that she is untrustworthy and dishonest.
And Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says for all Clinton's proficiency it has not translated into campaign success.
"She's smart, but this isn't her sweet spot," she told MSNBC, calling her boss "a natural debater" by comparison.
"I have been in politics for 28 years," she said. "And I think Donald Trump has gifts and skills that sometimes escape typical politicians."
Polls tied, stocks tumble
Monday's target will be the estimated nine percent of American voters who are still undecided. Can the Democrat win their minds, if not their hearts? Can Trump persuade them that he has the gravitas to lead?
Clinton will no doubt aim to seize on Trump's toxic campaign trail rhetoric, using his words to paint her rival as a divisive demagogue.
But if Trump remains disciplined and focuses on issues, he could earn credibility among college-educated whites, according to veteran Democratic campaign strategist Joe Trippi.
"I do expect Donald Trump to be more genteel and a calmer force tonight, and I expect her to try to bait him out," Trippi told Fox News.
Stocks skidded on Wall Street with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 0.9 percent to 18,094.83 amid unease over the debate.
The latest opinion polls have Clinton and Trump virtually tied: 41 percent each according to the Washington Post-ABC poll and 43 for Clinton to Trump's 42 percent according to Quinnipiac University.
The Quinnipiac poll found that voters expect Clinton to win the debate 41 to 32 percent, and that 84 percent said they intend to watch.
Clinton's campaign has expressed concerns of being held to a double standard, saying the bar is higher for her while Trump stood to win praise for a merely adequate performance.
"All that we're asking is that if Donald Trump lies, that it's pointed out," Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook told ABC.
Trump has already stated that he does not believe Holt's role as moderator is to police each candidate.
Obama, who is likely to be working in the White House with the debate "on in the background," believes Clinton needs to show Americans what motivates her to want to be president, spokesman Josh Earnest said.
"He obviously believes that she's got a strong case to make," Earnest told reporters.
With inputs from AFP