WATCH: Democrats and Republicans clash over election debate in New York City article The Republican candidates and the Democratic candidates sparred over foreign policy, immigration and gun control in a heated Democratic debate in Manhattan.
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were expected to face off in the second debate, which will be televised live on Sunday night on Fox News Channel (FNC).
The candidates, however, are facing intense scrutiny for their comments on the 2016 presidential election in which Trump won the popular vote, but lost the electoral college.
Trump’s campaign accused Clinton of being biased against him, saying she did not speak up for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Clinton has accused Trump of wanting to “take away the rights of people” and “destroy the country”.
Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence also criticized Trump for his comments, accusing him of “using this tragic event to divide us and sow fear”.
Trump on Monday defended his comments about gun control, saying he “was not suggesting gun control be increased” but said he did not want “any more tragedies”.
“I think there are some things that should be done that we need to do.
I think there should be more police on the streets, more police departments on the street, more security,” he told Fox News on Monday.
“But I think we have to do a better job of making sure we have a system that works, a system where we are not killing each other, but where we keep people safe, where they don’t have to feel that fear.”
Trump also said he would “love” to have a “civil war” with Democrats if they didn’t support his immigration policies.
“If we don’t fix the mess that’s going on, I don’t think we’ll be able to win this thing.
And that’s not a very nice thing to say to somebody that is going to be the next president of the United States,” he said.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Trump’s comments were “disrespectful and offensive”.
He said Trump should apologise to the families of the Orlando victims, and he said he was “not going to accept” his comments being used to try to “sow division”.
“If this was about Trump being anti-immigrant, if this was a race issue, I’d be there with you,” he added.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.