Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took the stage at Washington University in Saint Louis on Sunday night for the second presidential debate.
The candidates took to the stage for the verbal sparring much without so much as a handshake after a 2005 tape of Trump making degrading remarks towards women surfaced last week.
"As a woman, I'm not going out there to greet him. I'm not going to get within arm's length of Donald Trump because of the things he says he does with his arms and his hands," said Charles Bierbauer, former CNN senior Washington correspondent and current Dean of USC's College of Information and Communications.
Hillary Clinton didn't hesitate to comment on Donald Trump's character early in the debate.
"He has said that the video doesn't represent who he is, but I think it's clear to anyone who's heard it that it represents exactly who he is," Clinton said.
Trump responded by firing shots at former president Bill Clinton.
"If you look at Bill Clinton... far worse. Mine were words, his were actions," said Trump.
But Bierbauer says Trump's attack on Bill Clinton is irrelevant.
"She is running for president. Bill Clinton is not running for president. Donald Trump is still focusing on the past," he said.
The release of the controversial tape plays a huge role on how potential voters view Trump, according to Bierbauer.
"A month before election day, Donald Trump is dealing with something that happened 11 years ago, but it is still a factor in how people are gauging his character," he said.
Trump could struggle to look towards the future if his past continues haunt him.