Before the second presidential debate had even begun Donald Trump was on the attack, inviting three women to the debate who had accused Bill Clinton of rape, and using them as props to help his ailing campaign. The heavily criticized stunt was trying to deflect accusations of sexual assault which had been aimed at Trump all weekend after the Hollywood Access tape was released, to stop his campaign from imploding. During the debate itself the meltdown continued when he threw his VP candidate Mike Pence under the runaway Trump Train, loomed aggressively over his opponent while promising to jail her once he was president, and constantly bickered with the moderators. Trump failed to bury the sexual assault story, failed to speak to women voters, failed to reassure his Republican colleagues, failed to win over undecideds and utterly failed to win the second presidential debate.
So Hillary Clinton must be a shoo-in now right? Not necessarily. Trump did succeed in putting Clinton on the defensive more than in the first debate, shifting the spotlight temporarily to her many email scandals, the flaws in Obamacare and her energy policy. She also missed a few opportunities to deliver a knockout punch to her opponent, especially over women, as she continued her strategy of sitting back and watching Trump dig his own grave. However Clinton was clearly more comfortable with the Town Hall-style format where the audience asks questions, and she was able to present herself as a composed candidate who cared about voters’ issues.
Trump’s creepy stalker vibe, refusal to answer questions, outright lies and inability to speak in full sentences did him no credit during the debate. He seemed to confuse the debate with a limbo contest and tried to win by lowering the bar, which once again spoke to his base but did nothing to broaden his appeal. Clinton has to tread a very fine line of showing that Trump is unfit for the presidency, but maintaining the image that the race is still very tight, to drive voter turnout in November. She did well to avoid wading too deep into Trump's gutter and she won the debate by staying the course, but her deep unpopularity means that even now, there are no guarantees about the election results.
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