Presidential debate LIVE: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton spar over emails, rape, taxes

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Presidential debate LIVE: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton spar over emails, rape, taxes
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    Trump interrupted Hillary a lot

    As the debate ends, it is important to note that while Hillary Clinton interrupted Donald Trump once or twice during the debate, Trump interrupted her almost everytime she spoke and almost on every issue. It is clear that he was a lot more careless when it came to following the rules of the debate.

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    Closing statements

    Hillary: I am reaching out to all Americans. We need everybody to make our country stronger. We need your talents and your energy. I know the huge responsibility of protecting out country. I will stand up for families against powerful interests. I will do everything to make sure you have jobs.

    Trump: We're going to make America great again. We don't take care of our veterans...we take care of illegal immigrants. Our inner cities are a disaster. I will do more for African Americans and Latinos. We cannot take four more years of Barack Obama.

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    "We have to repeal Obamacare," Trump said. "It's probably going to die of its own weight," he added. "She wants to keep Obamacare and she wants to make it worse," he said.

    "My social security payroll contribution will go up," Hillary said.

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    On national debt

    "I'm going to create tremendous jobs," Trump said. "We have a tremendous machine...to do that, we're taking back jobs. We're not going to let our jobs be taken by other countries," he added. "We have people who are political hacks making trade deals with other countries," he said.

    "We have the greatest businesspeople in the world. We need those to make negotiations...We have to use our great people. We will create an economic machine the likes of which people have not seen in many years," Trump added.

    "It's important to recognise that he has been criticising our governments for decades," Hillary said, adding that Trump had used the exact words against Ronald Reagan. "I pay for everything I am proposing," Hillary said.

    "When I talk about how we are going to pay for education, we are going where the money is," she said. "There is no evidence that will diminish our growth...we have to go back to making the middle class stronger," she added.

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    On Aleppo

    "Aleppo is a disaster...it has fallen," Donald Trump said. "And a lot of this is because of Hillary Clinton. By fighting Assad, she realised that he is much tougher and smarter than she thought," he added.

    "Assad has alligned with Russia," Trump said. "We're backing rebels but we don't know who the rebels are...if the rebels overthrow Assad, we might have someone worse than Assad," he said. "Wait till you see what happens in the coming years," he said.

    "We've had millions of people leave Syria. I think we could strike a deal and make it clear to Russians and Syrians that a no-fly zone was for the good of the people," Hillary said.

    She added that she was not going to allow violent people to come into the country but she was not going to be unreasonable on immigration.

    "She will defeat ISIS? We should have never let ISIS happen in the first place," Trump said. "Our country is so outplayed by Putin and Assad," he added.

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    "Bernie Sanders said you have bad judgement...and you do," Trump said.

    "You should ask Bernie Sanders who he is supporting," Hillary said. "He has also said you are the most dangerous person to run for President," she said in response.

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    On Islamic State, terrorism

    "I am encouraged that there is an effort by the Iraqi army, supported by Kurdish forces...but I will not support putting American forces in Iraq...I don't think that would be smart to do...I think that would be a red flag for ISIS to re-constitute itself," Hillary said.

    "I am hopeful that the hard work that the American military advisors have done will pay off," she said. "Syria will remain a hotbed of terrorism until the civil war aided by the Iranians and Russians remains," she added.

    "We had Mosul...but when she took everyone out, we lost it," Trump said. "Whatever happened to the element of surprise? I've been reading about retaking Mosul for about 3 months now," he said.

    "Mosul is going to be a wonderful thing and Iran should write us a thank you," Trump added. "We're going to retake Mosul and you know who's going to be the beneficiary? Iran," he said.

    "The big winner is going to be Iran," he said.

    "Donald is once again denying that he supported the Iraq invasion," Hillary said.

    "Wrong...wrong...wrong," said Trump in response, giving us all a déjà vu.

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    On Trump's allegation of this election being rigged

    "I will look at it (the election result) at the time," Trump said. "First of all, the media is so dishonest and corrupt...The New York Times wrote an aritcle...I think the people can see through all the lies," he said.

    "Millions of people are registered to vote who shouldn't vote," Trump said. "She shouldn't be allowed to run for the Presidency based on what she did with emails," he said.

    "I will keep you in suspense," Trump said.

    "This is horrifying," Hillary said in response. "When the FBI concluded there was nothing wrong with the emails, he claimed the FBI was rigged," he added.

    "There was a time when he didn't get an Emmy for his show and he concluded that the Emmy was rigged," she said.

    "We've had free and fair elections and we must accept the results," she said. "It just shows that you're not up to doing the job."

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    Donald Trump first candidate to not reveal his tax returns: Hillary

    "He is the first candidate to run for President in the last 40 years who has not revealed his tax returns," Hillary Clinton said. "He has not paid a penny in federal income tax," she added. "We have undocumented immigrants who are paying more tax than a billionaire," she said.

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    Clinton Foundation is a criminal enterprise: Trump

    "Everything I did as Secretary of State was in furtherance of our country's values," Hillary said, adding that the Clinton Foundation was a world renowned foundation. "Clinton Foundation made it possible for 11 million HIV+ people to get treatment," she said.

    "Clinton Foundation is a criminal enterprise," Trump said in response. "Why don't you give back the money you took from other countries?" he said.

    "We at the Clinton Foundation spent 90 percent of all the money donated...We have the highest rating from international watchdogs," she said. "I'd be happy to compare what we do with the Trump Foundation," she added.

    "A 100 percent (of Trump Foundation) is spent...I don't buy boats with it," Trump said.

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    Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger: Hillary

    "Those stories have been largely debunked...I have a feeling it was her campaign that did it," he said, referring to the sexual assault allegations against him. "I didn't even apologise to my wife because I didn't do anything."

    "I think they either wanted fame or their campaign did it," Trump said, adding that Obama and Hillary incited violence on many occasions. "It was all fiction and lies."

    "Donald held a number of rallies where he said he could not have done those things to women because they were not attractive enough," Hillary said.

    "I. Did. Not. Say. That," said Trump.

    "Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger," Hillary said. "America is great because America is good," she said.

    "Nobody has more respect for women than I do," Trump said in response. "What isn't fictionalised are the 33,000 leaked emails," he said, raising the same issue he has raised over the last two debates.

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    Hillary gave us ISIS: Trump

    "She's been doing this for 30 years...why the hell didn't you do this for the last 30 years?" Trump said, referring to Hillary's plans for the economy. "For 30 years, you've been in a position to help," Trump added.

    "The problem is that you talk...but you don't do anything. 6 billion dollars was missing when you were handling the state department," Trump said.

    "What he said about the state department has been debunked," Hillary said in response.

    Hillary then talked about a time when Trump was getting sued for racial discrimination and then raised the issue of Trump insulting Alicia Machado again. "I am happy to compare my 30 years of experience with your 30 years and I'll let American people make that decision," she said.

    "Well, I think I did a great job....If we could run our country like the way we've run our company, we would have a country to be proud of," Trump said. "She gave us ISIS," he said.

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    India growing at 8%: Trump

    "When you inherit the level of economic catastrophe which President Obama inherited...President Obama doesn't get the credit he deserves," Hillary said. "I propose that we invest from the ground up...not the top down," she added.

    "I just met some high representatives of India...they are growing at 8 percent," Donald Trump said.

    "Our country is stagnant...we've lost out jobs...we're not making anything," Trump said. "I pass factories that were thriving 25 years ago...and because of the bill her husband signed, it's horrible what has happened to these people," he said.

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    On economy

    "When middle class thrives, America thrives. My plan is based on giving middle class more opportunities....I think we can compete with high wage countries....I want to do more to help small businesses," Hillary Clinton said. "I sure do want to make sure that women get equal pay....I want more technical education...I want to make college debt-free."

    "We're going to go where the money is," she further said. "We are going to have the wealthy pay their shares...that is a plan that has been analysed by independent experts who say that will create 10 million new jobs," Hillary said, adding that Donald Trump's plan would cost them jobs.

    "She can say all she wants about college tuitions but the rest of the public is going to be paying for it," Trump said. Trump said that a lot of countries which the US had been protecting were paying up after Trump raised this issue since last year. "We have to tell Japan, Germany and South Korea in a very nice way that they need to help us out," he said.

    "Our jobs are sucked out of our economy because of the deals her husband signed," Trump said, adding that there was going to be a lot of free trade under his leadership. "We're going to cut business taxes massively...we are going to start the engine rolling again," he said.

    "I have repeatedly said that I will not raise taxes," Hillary said in response.

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    Mike Pence tweets

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    Hillary outsmarted by Putin: Trump

    "Of course I condemn their interference in our elections," Trump said. "I don't know Putin...Putin is not my best friend," he said.

    "She has been outsmarted by Putin," said an aggressive Trump.

    "I find it ironic that he is raising nuclear weapons," Hillary Clinton said, adding that he had been very vague about the use of nuclear weapons.

    "Wrong," came the response from Donald Trump.

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    Russians engaging in espionage against Americans: Hillary on Wikileaks

    "We will not have open borders...we will have secure borders but we will also have reform," Hillary Clinton said. "We trade more energy with our neighbours than we do with the rest of the world combined," she said.

    "The Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans," Hillary Clinton said on Wikileaks. "Then they have given that information to Wikileaks...17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed that they did this for the elections," she said.

    "She wants open borders...people are going to pour into our country," Donald Trump. "We are going to stop radical Islamic terrroism in the country. She won't mention the words and neither will Obama," he said.

    "We have a country with a tremendous number of nuclear warheads and she's playing chicken," Trump said.

    Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump would rather have a puppet as a President. "You're the puppet!" said a dramatic Trump in response.

    "We have never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our elections," Hillary said, going back to the topic of Russia.

    "She has no idea which country is doing this," Donald Trump said.

    "She doesn't like Putin because Putin has outsmarted her in every way," Trump further said, attacking Hillary Clinton.

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    Pretty much sumps up Trump on immigration

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    Debate moves to immigration as things get a bit aggressive

    "She wants to give amnesty, which is a disaster...We need to secure our borders," Donald Trump said. "Drugs are pouring in through the border. We have no country if we have no border," he added.

    "The biggest complaint they have in New Hamshire is heroine...it's poisoning the blood of their youth...We have to keep the drugs out of our country. We cannot give amnesty," he said.

    "I want to build a wall...we need the wall," Trump said.

    "I don't want to rip families apart...I don't want to see the deportation port in action in our country," Hillary said. "You would have to have a massive law enforcement forces where they would be going from schools to businesses rounding up people," she said. "It is an idea that would rip our country apart...I voted for border security in our nation. But I wanted to put our resources where they are needed: getting rid of any violent person."

    "I think we are both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws," Hillary said.

    "I had a very good meeting with the president of Mexico," Donald Trump said. "Hillary Clinton wanted the wall...Hillary Clinton voted for the wall in 2006."

    "I had voted for border security..." Hillary said. "Wall," Donald said, interrupting Hillary.

    "Donald used undocumented labour to build his tower," Hillary said.

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    On abortion issues

    "So many states are putting very stringent decisions on women," Hillary Clinton said. "Donald has said he is in support of defunding planned parenthood...I will support planned parenthood. He said women should be punished...and I just could not be more opposed to that kind of thinking," she added.

    If you want to find out more about where the candidates stand on abortion, click here.

    "I think it's terrible what Hillary is saying. I think it's terrible if you can rip the baby in the ninth month of pregnancy...that's not acceptable," Donald Trump said in response. Hillary responded and said that is not what she said.

    "I've been to countries where governments either forced women to have abortions or forced women to have children," she said.

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    Here's where both the candidates stand on guns.

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    On Second Amendment rights

    "I support the Second Amendment," Hillary Clinton said. "But I also believe that there should be constant regulation...When I think about what we need to do, we have 33,000 people who die because of guns," she said, adding that there need to be background checks.

    "I see no conflict between saving people's lives and the Second Amendment," she added.

    Referring to a specific case in the Supreme Court, Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton was extremely upset with the decision taken in that case. Hillary responded by saying that she was upset because of the "toddlers" who were killed.

    "In Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws, there is probably the most amount of gun violence," Trump said. "We are going to appoint justices that will feel very strongly about the Second Amendment," he added.

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    On Supreme Court appointments

    "When we talk about the Supreme Court, it raises the central issue of this election: What kind of country are we going to be?" Hillary Clinton said. "The Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of American people, not on the side of the wealthy," she said, adding that the Supreme Court needed to stand on the side of the women and for LGBT rights.

    "I feel that it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, we stand up and say the Supreme Court should represent all of us. The kind of people we nominate will stand up for the rights of the people," she added.

    "The Supreme Court is what it's all about. It's imperative that we have the right justice system," Donald Trump said. "We need a Supreme Court that is going to uphold the Second Amendment which is under absolute siege," Trump said, adding that he does not think that Hillary Clinton will win.

    "I feel the justices I am going to appoint will be pro-life and will protect the Second Amendment...They will interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it to be interpreted...It's all about the Constitution," Trump said.

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    And we're off...

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    Will Mike Pence tweet in support of Trump?

    In the last debate, Pence had not posted any tweet till the very end of the debate. It will be interesting to see whether he tweets in support of Trump today.

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    (Updates begin for 20 October.)

    Third and final debate to begin soon

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    This pretty much sums up all of Trump's trash talk during the debate.

St Louis, United States: Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton head into a crucial presidential debate Sunday with the Republican's White House campaign in chaos over his lewd boasts about groping women.

With the US election less than a month away, Republican lawmakers and governors abandoned Trump in droves, despite a rare televised apology by the candidate, whose sexually aggressive remarks were caught on a hot mic in 2005.

Trump himself was defiant, posting online a video of women who have alleged they were sexually assaulted by former president Bill Clinton.

"So many self-righteous hypocrites. Watch their poll numbers — and elections — go down!" Trump tweeted.

But even his surrogates went to ground, leaving former New York mayor Rudolf Giuliani as the billionaire's lone defender on Sunday television talk shows.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus both backed out of scheduled television appearances ahead of the debate in St Louis, Missouri.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AFP

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AFP

During a campaign event for Democrats in his home state of Illinois, President Barack Obama weighed into the political crisis roiling both Trump's campaign and the Republican Party as a whole, saying the man vying to replace him was "insecure."

"Demeaning, degrading women, but also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled... That tells you a couple things," Obama said.

"It tells you that he is insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down. Not a character trait that I would advise for somebody in the Oval Office."

Mike Pence, Trump's running mate, also suspended his campaign appearances after declaring on Saturday that he "cannot defend" Trump's remarks.

The scandal — just the latest involving his treatment of women — could not come at a worse time for Trump, who has taken a beating in the polls since his sloppy performance in the first presidential debate on 29 September.

An average of national polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.com has Clinton in the lead by 4.5 percentage points.

National media, meanwhile, have dug up the candidate's past behavior, including agreeing with an interviewer that his daughter Ivanka was a "piece of ass."


Debate with a twist

The two candidates face off starting at 8 pm (0100 GMT Monday) at Washington University in St Louis, with the added twist that this time they will take questions from the audience in a town hall-style forum.

"He's as prepared as he's ever been and he's all ready for the debate tonight," Giuliani said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"He obviously, you know, feels very bad about what he's said. He apologized for it, will probably do it again. What he'd like to do is move onto the issues that are facing the American people."

How much the "elephant in the room," as Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan referred to the tape on Saturday, dominates the debate is an open question.

Giuliani warned that Trump could well go after Clinton's past marital troubles with her husband Bill.


"I do believe there's a possibility he'll talk about Hillary Clinton's situation if it gets to that. I don't think he prefers to do that. But I think he will," Giuliani said.

Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's communications director, told reporters on her flight to St Louis the town-hall format in the second presidential debate plays to the former first lady's strengths.

But she added: "We understand this is uncharted territory to face an opponent that is in the grips of a downward spiral in terms of his own party belatedly walking away from him.

"She has a lot of experience, she is very tough, she will be prepared to handle whatever comes (her) way but we find it hard to predict what that might be," Palmieri said.

Clinton may also have to worry about a WikiLeaks disclosure of excerpts from private speeches she gave to major banks in 2013 and 2014.

Although overshadowed by the Trump tape, they show she expressed views in favor of open trade and Wall Street self-regulation to those audiences that are at odds with her positions as a candidate.

John Podesta, a Clinton adviser from whose email account the excerpts were hacked, insisted they were taken out of context.

"They are not diametrically opposed," he said on "Fox News Sunday."

"Again, you can pull a few words out of context, but what she said on this campaign trail is she'll be tough on Wall Street. That's exactly what she'll do."

Republican breach

Even a winning performance by Trump, however, seems unlikely to mend the deep breach he has opened in the Republican party, alarmed about the scandal's fallout in other down-ballot races.

Notable defectors included Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, who said Trump's "demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy."

The New York Times reported that by late Saturday, 36 Republican members of Congress and governors had disavowed Trump's candidacy.

Some leading Republicans called on Trump to quit the race, but he vowed he would never step aside, and legal experts said removing him from the top of the ticket would be extremely difficult.

Trump predicted Saturday that the controversy would blow over.

"I think a lot of people underestimate how loyal my supporters are," he told the Times.


Published Date: Oct 10, 2016 07:53 am | Updated Date: Oct 25, 2016 09:53 am



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