Candidates face off in heated second presidential debate

ST. LOUIS (KUSI) — The presidential candidates met for a second time on the debate stage Sunday in St. Louis, and things instantly got heated.

Going against tradition, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton refused to shake hands at the start of the debate, instead turning towards the audience and waving.

Moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz opened the town hall with a question about an 11-year-old tape discovered by The Washington Post and released Friday. In the video, Donald Trump describes his pursuit of women and how his celebrity status allows him to “do whatever he wants.”

The comments even led some Republicans to call for an end to Trump’s run.

He apologized in a video message Friday and again during the town hall Sunday, saying he is not proud of his comments and that it was “just locker room talk.”

Hillary fired back saying the video shows exactly who trump is.

But Trump was able to get in a few jabs at Clinton as well.

When asked about being two-faced, Clinton claimed even Abraham Lincoln took different positions with different lawmakers in an effort to end slavery.

"She lied, and now she’s blaming the lie on the late great Abraham Lincoln," Trump fired. "Honest Abe never lied. That’s the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you."

Before the debate even started, Donald Trump was making moves against Clinton. A broadcast on Facebook Live featured Trump sitting between four women who accuse Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, all of which took turns making brief statements about why they endorsed Trump for president.  

"Actions speak louder than words," Juanita Broaddrick said. "Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me and Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don’t think there’s any comparison."

The women then attended the debate as Trump’s guests.

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At the close of the debate, the candidates were asked to say something nice about the other. Clinton chose to focus on Trump’s children.

“I respect his children,” Clinton said. “His children are capable and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald.”

Trump complimented Clinton’s tenacity.

“I will say this about Hillary, she doesn’t quit, she doesn’t give up.”

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