US Presidential debate Live: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump talk about terrorism, economy

US Presidential debate Live: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump talk about terrorism, economy
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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.

Donald Trump will aim to dump his losing political hand on Thursday in his third and final presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, as polls show the Democrat has widened her lead over the provocative billionaire.

With just 20 days before Americans cast ballots 8 November, the two candidates will face off at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in what is sure to be a 90-minute slugfest watched by millions.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AFP

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. AFP

The Republican nominee, 70, is looking to bounce back from allegations made by several women of unwanted sexual advances, which came on the heels of the release of a 2005 video in which he made crass remarks about women.

"This is our final shot, folks," Trump, who has in recent days made multiple unsubstantiated allegations that the election will be "rigged," told supporters Tuesday in Colorado.

In recent weeks, polls have shown Clinton, 68, pulling ahead of Trump both on the national level and in key battleground states. She leads by more than six points in an average of national polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.

Women especially have thrown their support to Clinton — the difference now stands at 52 to 38 percent, according to a survey by Quinnipiac University.

Team Trump set the tone ahead of the political battle, with campaign CEO Steve Bannon promising that their debate invitation to President Barack Obama's Trump-supporting half-brother Malik was "just an appetizer."

The Manhattan real estate mogul has invited other guests who "expose Bill and Hillary's sordid past," Bannon told CNN, referring to Clinton and her husband, the former president.

The pro-Trump Breitbart website also published allegations by a former television reporter that Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her three times while serving as governor of Arkansas.

Clinton's spokesman Brian Fallon said he "wouldn't be surprised" if Trump raised those claims during the debate, adding that Trump's scorched earth strategy could backfire.

"If he brings this approach to the debate stage tonight, it will be his loss," he told MSNBC.

Sinking ship?

Moderated by Fox News journalist Chris Wallace, the event is expected to draw a television audience of more than 50 million, as well as many viewers online.

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The candidates will be asked about the economy, immigration, the Supreme Court, foreign flashpoints and their fitness to be president.

But if the past two debates were any guide, the duel could quickly descend into highly personal attacks, pushing substantive policy issues to the side.

Clinton, a former secretary of state and senator, has kept a low profile in recent days, shutting herself in with aides to prepare for the onslaught.

She "should do what she did in the two first debates which was largely remain calm, deflect criticism and attacks and let Donald Trump continue to self-destruct," said John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

"If your opponent's ship is sinking, you don't throw them a life preserver," he said.

Rattle Clinton?

Trump undoubtedly will draw on the lessons of the past two head-to-head battles, and sharpen his attacks on Clinton over Syria and Libya.

The 2012 jihadist attack on the US mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi remains a burning issue among Republicans, who hold her partially responsible for the deaths of four Americans, including the ambassador.

Trump has invited Patricia Smith, the mother of an American killed in the attack, to attend the debate, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said.

But Conway advised Trump to "focus" on the issues, and come out strong against Clinton herself.

She is "a known liar," Conway told MSNBC. "She's lied to Congress. She's lied to the FBI. She lied to the Benghazi families. She lies and it's always for political gain."

Trump also is likely to hammer Clinton over recent revelations from emails hacked from her campaign staff and released by WikiLeaks that exposed her closed-door speeches to Wall Street and showed her flip-flops on trade deals.

'Stop whining'

Trump predicts an electoral surprise, or "new Brexit," when Americans vote next month.

The White House is increasingly concerned that Trump and his supporters will not recognise the election's outcome, plunging the country into a political crisis.

In a scorching rebuke, Obama told Trump on Tuesday to "stop whining" and go make his case to voters.

"I have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place. It's unprecedented," the president said.


Published Date: Oct 20, 2016 08:10 am | Updated Date: Oct 25, 2016 09:49 am


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