16 Oct 2016

Trump calls for drug tests for himself and Clinton

7:46 pm on 16 October 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused rival Hillary Clinton of being "pumped up" during their last debate, saying they should both be tested for drugs before the next one.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take part in the second presidential debate.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take part in the second presidential debate. Photo: AFP

He also suggested the presidential race was looking like a "rigged election".

The comments came in the wake of a string of sex assault claims against him and the publication of a recording in which he made obscene remarks.

Polls suggest Mr Trump is losing ground in some of the key battleground states.

Speaking at a rally in New Hampshire, Mr Trump said Mrs Clinton had been "all pumped up" at the beginning of the last debate but could "barely reach her car" at the end.

"We should take a drugs test," he said.

He did not provide any evidence to back up his claim.

Meanwhile the Clinton campaign has hit back against Mr Trump's contention that women accusing him of sexual assault are part of a scheme to help elect Mrs Clinton president.

Voting was to be encouraged and not "dismissed or undermined because a candidate is afraid he's going to lose", Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said.

Mr Mook said he expected a record turnout because voters could see through what he described as Mr Trump's "shameful attempts to undermine an election weeks before it happens".

Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he was "fully confident" that the November election would be carried out "with integrity", according to his spokeswoman AshLee Strong.

Mr Ryan, the most senior elected US Republican official, has said he will not defend Mr Trump in the wake of the recording of the nominee's obscene comments.

However, Mr Ryan has stopped short of ending his endorsement of the Republican candidate.

The latest sex assault accusations include those made by an ex-Apprentice contestant who cited a 2007 incident and a woman who described a case from the early 1990s.

Mr Trump denies attacking them.

"Nothing ever happened with any of these women. Totally made up nonsense to steal the election. Nobody has more respect for women than me!" he tweeted.

The final televised debate takes place on Wednesday.

- BBC

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