The second 2016 presidential debate between White House hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump left voters torn as the important issues took a backseat once again to insults and nasty comments between the democrat and republican nominees. Here are five of the most important moments that echoed the bitter sentiment of the evening.

5. Breaking a tradition of good faith between the parties, the nominees did not shake hands upon their entrance

Upon entering the Town Hall meeting, Clinton and Trump did not shake hands as they did during their first debate.

Rather, they nodded at one another and said hello, moving to their respective spots on the stage as the debate began. This set a tone of negativity that continued throughout the evening.

4. Town Hall moderator Anderson Cooper attempted to rein in Trump during 'hot mic' topic

The Town Hall meeting took a sharp turn from the beginning when the first question dealt with the vulgar comments Trump made while wearing an "Access Hollywood" hot mic. While Trump did say he was “very embarrassed” by the release of the tape, he dismissed his comments as "locker room talk." "I’m not proud of it.

I apologized to my family. I apologized to the American people. Certainly I'm not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.” When moderator Anderson Cooper directly asked Trump whether he ever kissed women against their will or groped their genitals, Trump replied that he had not, despite his clear statements he did in the 2005 videotape.

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3. Voters were left with more questions than answers over the question of biased treatment of American Muslims

A Muslim woman asked the candidates, "With Islamophobia on the rise, how will you help people?” Instead of dealing with the question directly, Trump replied, "We have to be sure that Muslims come in and report when they see something going on, when they see hatred going on.”

Clinton did not directly answer her question directly either, rather stating her vision for America as a "place where you are willing to work hard and do your part to contribute to the community." She later remarked, "We want Muslims to be on the side of our eyes and ears.”

2. Trump stated if he were elected he would nominate a Special Prosecutor to go after Clinton regarding her personal emails

Trump threatened Clinton with the appointment of a special prosecutor if he was elected President to investigate her emails. During the town hall meeting, he explained his frustration at the lack of investigation into the matter.

“I’ll tell you what, if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception, there has never been anything like it, and we're going to have a special prosecutor,” he said. Clinton responded to Trump’s claims as "false."

1. Trump contradicts VP nominee Mike Pence, shadows Clinton during her discussion

Moderator Martha Raddatz questioned the Republican nominee what stand he would take on Syria and the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, commenting that Republican running mate Mike Pence's position was to strike the Assad regime.

Trump clearly contradicted his running mate stating, “He and I haven't spoken and I disagree. I think we have to knock out ISIS. Right now, Syria is fighting ISIS.”

Trump then loomed in the background as Clinton made her remarks in response to an audience question on the Affordable Care Act. During a question and answer session with reporters after the debate, Clinton remarked of Trump's close proximity, "It was a very small space. And I tried to give him space whenever he was talking to people. I would go back and you know, lean up against my stool.

But he was very present.”

The final 2016 presidential debate will air live on Wed. Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. EST.

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