The second presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democratic contender Hillary Clinton on 9 October saw both candidates attack each other personally while presenting their solutions to the various issues that have held centre stage in this presidential race.

The debate saw the New York real estate mogul once again addressing the recently released 2005 tape recordings in which he spoke about sexually assaulting women. "Nobody has more respect for women than I do," he said. "I was embarrassed by it."

Trump then turned the focus on to Bill Clinton saying the former president's actions were "far worse". Clinton opted not to debate her husband's past behaviour and instead drew focus to her opponent's tax income write-offs. She asked him if he used his billion-dollar loss in the mid-1990s to avoid paying taxes, Trump replied, "Of course I do. Of course I do."

Viewers took to Twitter to dissect the debate, which according to reports citing Twitter data, is the most tweeted ever, with most claiming they were unimpressed by either side.

Co-moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz veered the candidates back to subjects of national importance, including a discussion on Obamacare, which Clinton said had some issues that needed to be fixed. Trump on the other hand said, "Obamacare is a disaster. You know it, we all know it. In '17 it will implode by itself."

Discussing the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Clinton used the opportunity to repeat her views that Russia was in favour of Trump. The GOP candidate responded saying that Clinton "talks tough against Russia, but our nuclear program has fallen way behind". He clarified that he did not agree with Mike Pence, his running mate, on the subject of Syria. "He and I haven't spoken and I disagree," he said.

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