Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump bickered and traded insults in a fiery US presidential debate on Tuesday, as they aggressively pitched their case to tens of millions of American voters.
With the White House rivals in a dead heat six weeks before election day, Clinton from the get-go painted her Republican rival as out of touch and having a tenuous relationship with the truth, willing to say "crazy things" to get elected.
"You live in your own reality," said the 68-year old Democrat, who accused Trump of launching his political career on a "racist lie" — the birther conspiracy theory that questioned President Barack Obama's citizenship.
Trump, who faces tough questions about his suitability for the Oval Office, started out with a more restrained tone — he even ditched his red power tie for a more statesmanlike blue.
But he quickly went on the offensive, repeatedly interrupting Clinton with verbal jabs.
The celebrity businessman branded Clinton a "typical politician. All talk, no action. Sounds good, doesn't work."
with inputs from AFP