Trump splits with running-mate over Syria, attacks Clinton in second debate
Presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan - AP

NEW YORK: At the second presidential candidate debate Sunday night at Washington University, Donald Trump said he would not support targeting the Assad regime in Syria, contrary to recent statements by his running mate Mike Pence.

“He and I haven’t discussed it, and I disagree,” Trump said, when the moderators asked him about Pence’s support for military action.

The debate, which came two days after video was leaked of a video from 2005 in which Trump can be heard bragging about forcing himself and groping women, while wearing a microphone he apparently did not realize was recording. A number of high-level Republican party members have distanced themselves from him after the leak of the video, although Trump said on Saturday that there was no way he would drop out of the race.

At the debate, Trump said that he was “unproud” of his talk, but that he was wanted to focus on “bigger” issues. He chose, however, to precede the debate by holding a press conference with women he claimed had been hurt by the Clinton family.

The effect of the video has yet to be seen in terms of polls in key swing states, but some experts think that it will lure away some undecided voters.

Hillary Clinton was widely seen as the winner of the first presidential debate that tool place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The third and final debate before the general election on Nov. 4 is scheduled for Oct. 19 in Las Vegas.

 

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