Following are excerpts from last night’s second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Washington University in St. Louis. The debate used a town hall format, with undecided voters asking questions.
Anderson Cooper, moderator: We received a lot of questions about the tape released on Friday. You called what you said locker room banter — kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals. That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women.
Trump: I don’t think you understood. This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family. To the American people. Certainly I’m not proud of it. When we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have frankly drowning people in steel cages, wars and horrible, horrible sights all over, so many bad things happening ...
Cooper: Are you saying what you said on the bus 11 years ago that you did not kiss women without consent or grope women without consent?
Trump: I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do.
Cooper: So, you’re saying you never did that ... Have you ever done those things?
Trump: No, I have not. I will tell you, that I’m going the make our country safe. We’re going to have borders in our country, which we don’t now. People are pouring into our country and coming in from the Middle East and other places.
Clinton: You know, with prior Republican nominees for president, I disagreed with them. But I never questioned their fitness to serve. Donald Trump is different. What we all saw and heard on Friday was Donald talking about women. What he thinks about women. And he has said that the video doesn’t represent who he is. But I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly what he is.
Martha Raddatz, moderator: When you walked off that bus at age 59, were you a different man or did that behavior continue until just recently?
Trump: If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse, mine are words, his was action. Never been anybody in history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them viciously.
Clinton: Instead of answering people’s questions, laying out the plans we have that make a better life and a better country. When I hear something like that, I am reminded of what my friend, Michelle Obama, advised us all. When they go low, you go high.
Trump: I think the one you should really be apologizing for and this thing you should be apologizing for are the 33,000 emails that you deleted. If I win, I’m going to instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception.
Clinton: Everything he just said is absolutely false, but I’m not surprised ... I told people that it would be impossible to be fact-checking Donald all the time. So, once again, go to HillaryClinton.com. Last time at the first debate, we had millions of people fact checking, so I expect we’ll have millions more fact checking, because, you know, it is — it’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.
Trump: Because you’d be in jail.
Gorbah Hamed, voter: There are 3.3 million Muslims in the United States and I’m one of them. You’ve mentioned working with Muslim nations, but with Islamophobia on the rise, how will you help people like me deal with the consequences of being a threat to the country after the election is over?
Trump: You’re right about Islamophobia and that’s a shame. One thing we have to do is we have to make sure that because there is a problem, whether we like it or not — and we could be very politically correct, but whether we like it or not, there is a problem and we have to be sure that Muslims come in and report when they see something going on. When they see hatred going on, they have to report it.
Clinton: Unfortunately, there’s been a lot of very divisive, dark things said about Muslims. We’ve had Muslims in America since George Washington. My vision of America is an America where everyone has a place.
Cooper: It was reported that excerpts of Secretary Clinton’s paid speeches, which she has refused to release, and one line, in which you say you need both a public and private position on certain issues. Is it acceptable for a politician to have a private stance?
Clinton: That was something I said about Abraham Lincoln and after having seen the ... movie called ‘Lincoln.’ It was a master class watching President Lincoln get the Congress to approve the 13th Amendment. It was principled and strategic. I was making the point that it is hard sometimes to get the Congress to do what you want to do. To keep working at it. And yes, President Lincoln was trying to convince some people to use some arguments. That was a great, I thought, a great display of presidential leadership ... But we deserve answers. We should demand that Donald release all of his tax returns so that people can see what are the entanglements and the financial relationships.
Trump: Now she’s blaming — she got caught in a total lie. Her papers went out to everybody at the banks, and she said things [in] WikiLeaks that just came out. Now she’s blaming the lie on the late great Abraham Lincoln. OK, honest Abe never lied. That’s the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you.
Cooper: The New York Times published three pages of your 1995 tax returns. You claimed a $916 million loss, which means you could have avoided paying personal income taxes for years. Did you use the loss to avoid paying personal federal income taxes?
Trump: Of course I do. So do all of her donors or most of her [Clinton’s] donors. I know many of her donors. They took massive tax write-offs.