What to Expect From Trump and Clinton’s Second Presidential Debate

By: Max Radwin - Oct 9, 2016, 7:29 pm
Donald Trump with Hillary and Bill Clinton. (Estoniaworld)

The second presidential debate begins tonight, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump facing off with what many are saying will be an even more heated confrontation than the first debate.

That first encounter saw Trump attacking Clinton on her international record — specifically the supposed ineffectiveness of NAFTA — and Clinton accusing Trump or flip-flopping on issues, as well as mistreating women, specifically Miss Universe Alicia Machado of Venezuela.

But the debate tonight in St. Louis, Missouri looks like it will have a lot less to do with policy issues and more to do with a recent scandal in which Donald Trump was caught saying sexist comments about women in 2005.

Many in the GOP have requested that Trump resign — a question that is sure to come during the debate tonight — but Trump isn’t backing down. He took to Twitter Sunday just hours before the debate to defend his campaign.

He also tried to turn attention toward Hillary Clinton’s husband, whom he claimed has had a tumultuous history of sexual assault himself.

The Trump campaign also sent out a statement.

“A lot of the people who are being so critical now are the same ones who doubted him before,” an email to Trump supporters said. “They are more concerned with their political future than they are about the future of the country. Mr. Trump won the Primary without the help of the insiders and he’ll win the General without them, too.”

The New York Times asked whether Trump would “go nuclear” again — referring to the candidate’s tendency to speak off the cuff in casual, often politically incorrect ways.

The U.S. economy is going to be a hot topic once again, and don’t be surmised if Trump attacks Clinton on job creation, foreign trade policy, and international tax code.

Something that didn’t come up in the first debate is healthcare. Clinton is expected to discuss women’s reproductive rights. Trump has previously gone on record saying he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, so he will most likely focus on that.

The debate is town hall-style this time around, meaning that each candidate will be answering questions from the audience — almost anything could come up.

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Max is an editor with PanAm Post. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Major in English Literature and a minor in Spanish Language. He has written for Newsday, Al Jazeera and The Miami Herald, among others.