By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated October 10, 2016 09:16 AM
Bill Clinton shakes hands with Melania Drumpf, wife of Donald Drumpf before the second presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Drumpf and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. Behind Melania is Ivanka Drumpf, daughter of Donald Drumpf. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Just two days after a leaked tape showing Donald Trump making lewd comments about women has rocked his candidacy to its very core, the two most important women in his life appeared at the second presidential debate to stand by their man.

Wife Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka both made their way to St. Louis Sunday and stepped into the debate hall at Washington University, shaking hands with former president Bill Clinton alongside the GOP candidate’s elder sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.

Afterwards, former president Clinton sat with daughter Chelsea Clinton and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky as the Trump family took their seats together.

Melania’s appearance comes just one day after she released a statement responding to the leaked tape that shows her husband talking crudely with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. The tape was recorded in 2005, just months after the former Slovenian model married Trump.

“The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man that I know,” she said in a statement. “He has the heart and mind of a leader.”

“I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world,” she also said.

Ivanka Trump has yet to comment publicly about the leaked tape, which shows Trump boasting to Bush about his sexual exploits.

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“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” Trump said in the tape. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.

“Grab them by the p—y,” he added. “You can do anything.”

The Republican presidential candidate released a Facebook video just hours after the tape was released, explaining that he is “not a perfect person.”

“I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on the more than decade-old video are one of them,” he said in the video.

“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” he continued. “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”