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AirTalk election 2016: Grope-gate, more leaked Clinton emails and Sunday night’s contentious townhall debate




Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) and Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak during the town hall debate at Washington University.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) and Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak during the town hall debate at Washington University.
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Last night's presidential debate quickly turned to a recording released on Friday which has Donald Trump talking about groping women.

Moderator Anderson Cooper asked Trump if he realized he was describing sexual assault. Trump denied he had taken such actions, then discussed Bill Clinton’s history of sexual improprieties.

Trump had already signaled how he'd defend himself with a pre-debate news conference featuring women who'd accused Bill Clinton, including rape. One of the women was the alleged victim of an alleged rapist whom Hillary Clinton defended in court decades ago.

During the debate, Trump said, "If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse. Mine are words and his was action."

How will this play to the suburban and working class white women Trump needs to attract for his campaign to succeed? We’ll also look at other issues raised in the debate such as Hillary Clinton’s comments on how politicians' public and private statements don’t always align. Additionally, we'll examine Trump's comments on the conflict in Syria and how they contrast with his running mate, vice presidential candidate Mike Pence.

Guests:

Harmeet Dhillon, RNC National Committeewoman for California; she tweets @pnjaban

Bill Burton, Democratic political strategist, Hillary supporter, former deputy White House press secretary for President Barack Obama; he tweets @billburton