Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump: The best burns at the first US presidential debate

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


Updated Date: Oct 25, 2016 12:53 PM

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