Live updates: Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton second clash

The pair are set for a third debate on October 19 in Las Vegas
The pair are set for a third debate on October 19 in Las Vegas

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head in the second presidential debate, the first encounter between the two since his latest derogatory comments toward women surfaced.

It comes hours after Newshub revealed an interview by TV3 on Mr Trump's visit to the country in 1993 when he said his stance toward women made it "fortunate I don't have to run for political office".


The debate is over and ends with the candidates greeting those in the audience.


The last question of the night asks both candidates to say something nice about the other - something which brings a laugh to the crown.

Clinton: "I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald. I think that's something that as a mother and grandmother is important to me. I believe this election has become so conflict oriented, so intense, because there's a lot at stake."

Trump thanked her for her compliment about her children.

"She doesn't quit, she doesn't give up. She's a fighter, I disagree with most of what she fights for."


The candidates are questioned about transitioning to other forms of energy without impacting the fossil fuel industry.

Trump says he backs alternative forms including wind and solar, but the US will need more. He says the energy companies will be able to make money, including in "clean coal". Trump says the cheap Chinese steel is flooding the market, making the US steel industry suffer.

He says the Environmental Protection Agency is restrictive on companies.

Clinton says Trump is buying the cheap Chinese steel.

She says her plan helps revitalise "coal country" which helped build America.


One of the last questions is about nominating a new Supreme Court justice following the death of Antonin Scalia.

Clinton says her appointment would be someone with a lot of life experience. "The current court has gone in the wrong direction."

She wants a Supreme Court which knows access to voting isn't even across the country and which will support marriage equality and Roe v Wade case.

Trump says he'd appoint judges similar to Scalia, and he's picked a short list of 20. They should be people who respect the constitution and the second amendment - the right to bear arms.


Anderson Cooper asks Clinton about her "basket of deplorable" comment about Trump's supporters where she criticised them for being Islamophobic and racist.

Trump says "we have a very divided nation", saying there's a 45-year record high murder rate in some places across the US.

Cooper brings up the tweets Trump sent at 3am following the first debate.

He says social media is a "very effective" form of communication.

Clinton has a short answer to whether Trump would make a great leader.


Answering the next question, Trump says he'd be a president for all people.

He attacks Clinton for not doing anything in her career. "She's all talk, it doesn't get done."

Clinton responds, saying she's tried her entire life to support children and families.

She starts a trip down memory lane, listing jobs in her early career including in South Texas registering young Latinos to vote.

"When you look at the letters I get, a lot of people worry they won't have a place in Donald Trump's America."


Trump butts in, complaining Clinton went a minute over time, but claims the moderators cut him off much sooner.


Clinton says she wouldn't use US ground forces in Syria, saying that'd be a "serious mistake".

"I do think the uses of special forces we're using, the use of enablers and trainers are very much in our interest."

She hopes by the time she becomes president, IS will be "pushed out of Iraq".

Clinton says she'd go after the head of IS - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and would also consider arming the Kurds.

Trump says Clinton doesn't even know who the rebels are.

He's reminded of the question about the humanitarian aid in Syria.

"Right now, Syria is fighting ISIS. But Syria is no longer Syria, it is Russia.

He's asked about what would happen if Aleppo falls, but Trump says it "basically has fallen" already.


Trump sniffles. Is he sick?


The question now is about Syria and what the candidates would do about it.

Clinton calls the situation in Syria "catastrophic".

She claims the Russians are determined to "destroy Aleppo". She backs a no-fly zone over the city, and the country has to work more closely with partners on the ground.

"Russia has decided it is all in, in Syria."

She says wherever the US can work with Russia they can

Trump says Clinton talks tough against Russia, which has "gone wild" with their nuclear programme.


Anderson Cooper asks Trump about his tax returns, given to media which suggest he may not have paid taxes in decades. There's been pressure on Trump to release his tax records.

Trump says he knows more about the tax codes than any other presidential candidate.

"I pay tax and I pay federal tax. I have a write-off, most of it is depreciation."

Trump takes the question to IS somehow.

"Here we go again," Clinton says.

She lists a number of things she's done with Republicans including getting children healthcare, adoption laws, advocating for womens' rights, and negotiated a treaty with Russia to lower nuclear weapon numbers.

"Four-hundred pieces of legislation have my name on it."

She says that shows she can work with Republicans effectively on issues.


A question about what they'd do specifically about taxes:

Trump says he'll bring the tax down "bigly" for the middle class and says Clinton's done nothing for taxpayers in 30 years.

He says America isn't growing, with a lot to do with the tax rates being "one of the highest" in the world. He claimed Clinton would increase taxes.

Clinton disagrees, saying that's rich coming from Trump who may not have paid tax for decades. She says his plan would benefit major corporations and his friends.

She says she voted to close corporate loopholes in tax law. She wants a tax on people making $1 million, a surcharge of people earning more than $5 million.

"It's been unfortunate that since the recession, all the gains have gone to the top." 


Trump was questioned about his so-called Muslim ban,w here he says that has "morphed into extreme vetting".

"We have no idea who they are, where they are from."

"I don't want to have hundreds of thousands of people coming in from Syria when we know nothing about them, about their values and their love of this country."


Both candidates are asked a question by a Muslim citizen about Islamophobia and what each candidate will do about it.

Clinton says Muslims have been in the United States since George Washington.

She says she's met with a lot of Muslim groups and it's important they feel included in society and to help defeat Islamic State with the help of Muslim states.

It doesn't help their cause when Muslims and Muslim nations hear Trump's rhetoric and ask themselves why they should help. She says that plays into IS' hands. 


Clinton says she wants to move on from the email saga and moving on to the next questions but Trump is like a dog with a bone and won't let it go.


Trump finally makes a policy, saying if president he'll instruct a special prosecutor to look at Clinton and her email servers, saying others have been to prison for less.

"Their lives have been destroyed for doing one fifth of what you've done."

Clinton apologised, saying she wouldn't do it again and said none of Trump's many claims were untrue.

"Last time at the first debate we had millions of people fact checking so I expect we'll have millions more fact checking. It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country." 

Trump gets in there with a zinger: "You'll be in jail!"


The debate starts with one notable absence - a handshake.

Hillary has won the toss and will field the first question, this one comes from a citizen who asks whether the candidates are modelling appropriate behaviour for youth.

"I hope we will come together. I will work with every American, I want to be the president for all Americans, no matter what their beliefs."

Trump's response: This is a great country, this is a great land. My whole concept was to make America great again.

"I want to do things that haven’t been done, including making the inner cities better for African Americans."

Host Anderson Cooper has asked Donald Trump about the controversial tape where he defended his comments which describe sexual assault.

Trump says he's "not proud" of his comments, and has apologised for it and is embarrassed by it.

"This is locker room talk."

He's repeated his line about how "no one has more respect for women" than he does. 

"I know you're into big diversions," Clinton says.

In response, Clinton says she's spent a lot of time thinking about what we heard and saw.

She says has disagreed with policies of other Republicans, but she's never thought that any of them haven't been fit for Commander-in-Chief.

Clinton has come out swinging, saying the video from 11 years ago, that is "represents exactly who he is".

"I want to send a message to every boy and girl, and to the entire world, that America is already great. We are great because we are good. These are very important values to me because this is the America I know and love."

Trump tries to dismiss Clinton's rhetoric, saying "they're just words" and that she's done nothing for African Americans.

He goes on the attack against Bill Clinton, saying what he said were just words but says Bill was "much worse" because those were actions.

Trump mentioned his bizarre pre-debate news conference where he rolled out four women who support him, with two accusing Bill Clinton of rape.

In response, Clinton quotes her friend First Lady Michelle Obama: "When they go low, you go high".

Clinton says while he's apologised for the latest tape, he hasn't said sorry to the many others he offended including a disabled journalist, Latinos and Mexicans and President Barack Obama who Trump claimed wasn't born in the United States.


Trump and Clinton met a fortnight ago for their anticipated first debate, but Monday's encounter in St Louis will be a bit more intimate.

The town hall-style meeting will see questions asked of the candidates from undecided voters in the audience, as well as questions of broad public interest based on social media and other sources.

Both Mr Trump and Ms Clinton will have two minutes to answer, plus another minute for host Anderson Cooper to facilitate more discussion.

Newshub will be keeping you in the thick of it with our live updates starting from 2pm.

Both Donald Trump says he's ready for today's debate, saying his "team of deplorables" are ready.