Clinton beats Trump in Round 2: Early polls
EARLY polls showed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had beaten her Republican counterpart Donald Trump in their second debate, in which the latter was widely seen to have fought dirty to rescue his faltering campaign for the White House.
According to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, 57 per cent of respondents thought Mrs Clinton won and only 34 per cent gave a thumbs up to Mr Trump.
According to the Vox news blogging site, he was losing the election before the Sunday night debate, especially after the leak of a 2005 video showing him making lewd remarks about women. The post-debate polls did not show he had stopped the haemorrhage.
The most horrifying moment in the debate, according to many, was when Mr Trump told Mrs Clinton that if he were president, "you would be in jail".
The jab came when he accused her of having spawned "many lies".
Her reply was that it was lucky that the United States did not have someone of his temperament in charge of the law.
Mr Trump also failed to show himself to be remorseful over his brags about sexual assaults that were captured in the leaked tape.
Instead, he said the one who ought to feel ashamed was Mrs Clinton, as she had unscrupulously brought up the comment that he made 11 years ago.
He also cited the extramarital affairs of former president Bill Clinton, her husband, saying "mine are words; his was action".
The debate turned even chillier as the topic turned to Mrs Clinton's use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state - a gaffe that Mr Trump also called shameful.
And whenever she spoke, the real-estate mogul was visibly fuming, scowling and pacing, and often stood menacingly behind her, noted The Guardian newspaper.
In response to Mr Trump's defence of his bawdy video comment, Mrs Clinton said they revealed "what he thinks about women, what he does to women".
The debate, set up in the town hall style, also covered the US healthcare system, Islamophobia and Syria - issues raised by the members of the audience.
But most of the time, the debaters were focused on each other, lamented the Iowa State Daily.
According to the Real Clear Politics poll aggregator site, should the election be held now, Mrs Clinton would unquestionably win.