1.) The Elephant In the Room Topped the Show
Donald Trump had the worst weekend of his campaign, and perhaps the worst weekend of any presidential campaign ever. A flood of Republican members of Congress broke from the nominee saying that he should drop out or that they wouldn't vote for him after video surfaced from 2005 of Trump making obscene comments about how he treated women.
Trump upped the tension just minutes prior to the debate by holding a brief press conference with several women who have in the past accused former President Bill Clinton of various forms of sexual assault — signaling his defense strategy.
And the tapes came up right out of the gate. Moderators Martha Raddatz of ABC News and Anderson Cooper of CNN asked Trump about the video and whether his words constituted sexual assault.
Trump first dismissed some of the video, saying he "didn't say that all" and said he has "never done those things" and then went on to dismiss it as "locker room talk."
Finally, he said, "I'm very embarrassed and I hate it," and claimed "nobody has more respect for women than I do" — a claim he has repeated throughout his candidacy.
Then he turned toward the accusations against Clinton's husband.
"If you look at Bill Clinton. Mine were words and his were action," Trump said. "There has never been anyone in the history of politics who has been so abusive to women."
And he attempted to connect the former president's faults to the current Democratic nominee, saying, "Hillary Clinton has attacked those same women and attacked them viciously."
For her part, Clinton invoked First Lady Michelle Obama who has said more than once that when opponents go low, she and her husband go high.
And she said of Trump, "he never apologizes."