ST. LOUIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went at each other on the campaign trail Monday following Sunday night’s heated debate in St. Louis that was filled with tension and insults as the Democratic nominee opened up a double-digit lead in a new poll.
“Donald Trump spent the time attacking when he should have been apologizing,” Clinton said a day after the debate.
The second debate showdown was especially icy at the outset, replete with talk of sexual impropriety and Trump threatening to jail Clinton over her erased emails.
Monday morning, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway acknowledged that their team tried to seat several women who had accused Bill Clinton of sex abuse in the Trump VIP section in an attempt to force the former president to face the women on live television.
The women ended up sitting in another area of the hall.
“They threatened to have security remove the women,” Conway said. “I thought that was unfortunate.”
“Donald Trump is trying to change the dynamic, but I would argue that he’s just digging the hole deeper,” said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook.
Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence saluted Trump’s debate performance.
“You know, it takes a big man to know when he’s wrong, and to admit it, and to have the humility to apologize and be transparent and be vulnerable with people,” Pence said. “And Donald Trump, last night, showed that he’s a big man.”
CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports Trump showed a softer touch on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania on Monday as he brought the son of two supporters onto the stage.
“Do you want to go back to them or stay with Donald Trump?” the nominee asked the child.
“Trump,” the kid responded to cheers.
Clinton reminded her crowd about another side of her rival.
“We all heard on that tape, what he thinks of women and how he treats women,” the former secretary of state said.
The woman Trump “moved on” in the tape — Entertainment Tonight anchor Nancy O’Dell — shared her thoughts on it Monday night.
“There is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter, not even in the locker room,” O’Dell said.
The debate Sunday quickly addressed one of the latest campaign controversies of the recently released audio in which Trump is heard making vulgar comments about women in 2005.
“This was locker room talk,” Trump said. “I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family, I apologize to the American people.”
Clinton seized on the chance to attack Trump’s character.
“Yes, this is who Donald Trump is but it’s not only women and this video that raises questions about his fitness to be president because he has also targeted immigrants, African Americans, Latinos,” she said.
Trump fired back, accusing his Democratic rival of attacking women involved in her husband’s extramarital affairs.
“Certainly I’m not proud of it,” he said. “If you look at Bill Clinton, it was far worse. Mine were words. His were actions.”
The debate also raised questions about the WikiLeaks release of Clinton’s paid speeches in which the former secretary of state reportedly said it’s necessary to have both a public and private position on certain issues.
“I was making the point that it is hard sometimes to get the Congress to do what you want to do,” she said.
Clinton accused WikiLeaks and Russia of trying to influence the election.
“And believe me, they’re not doing it to get me elected,” she said. “They’re doing it to try to influence the election for Donald Trump.”
Before leaving the stage, both candidates were asked to say what they respect about each other.
Clinton said she respects Trump’s children, a comment Trump called “a very nice compliment.”
He said he sees Clinton as a “fighter” even though he disagrees with much of what she’s fighting for. He said “she does fight hard and doesn’t give up and I consider that a very good trait.”
The two then shook hands when the debate ended, something they refused to do 90 minutes earlier.
After the debate, Clinton said she felt great about here performance while Trump tweeted his thanks to the city of St. Louis.
But following the debate, Speaker Paul Ryan told congressional Republicans in a conference call Monday that he won’t defend Donald Trump now or in the future and will spend the next month defending his party’s House majority.
A defiant Trump tweeted that Ryan should “spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting the Republican nominee.”
More than 70 Republicans denounced Trump following the tape’s release.
A new Wall Street Journal poll taken after the release of the tape, but before the debate, showed Clinton opening up an 11-point national lead in a four-way race.
Meanwhile, WikiLeaks has published more than 2,000 new emails purportedly belonging to Clinton’s campaign chairman.
CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports the latest batch of emails appear to be mostly from 2015, and involve policy issues and handling the press. However, in one email, Clinton aide calls Chelsea Clinton a spoiled brat.
Trump is in Pennsylvania Monday while Clinton is holding rallies in Michigan and Ohio. The third and final debate will be next Wednesday in Nevada.
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