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Here are the Highlights of the First Presidential Debate Between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump | WATCH



Clinton and TrumpThe first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, which was expected to draw in excess of 100 million viewers, largely lived up to the hype.

The debate was sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a non-partisan and non-profit organisation

Here are some highlights:

Asked about a remark he made that Clinton lacked a presidential “look,” Trump repeated the claim, adding that “she doesn’t have the stamina.” In response, Clinton ticked off some highlights of her tenure as secretary of state, saying Trump “can talk to me about stamina” when he accomplishes as much. “He tried to change from looks to stamina, but this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs.” Trump defended himself before adding that he had planned to say “something extremely rough” to Clinton and her family, but decided against it.

Clinton pressed Trump’s repeated claim, contradicted by public statements he has made in the past, that he had opposed the Iraq war from the beginning. “Donald supported the invasion of Iraq,” she said. “That is absolutely proved over and over again.” “Wrong,” Trump interjected. “Wrong.”

Trump insisted again that he had opposed the Iraq war, calling any suggestion otherwise “a mainstream media nonsense.” Lester Holt, the moderator, said, “The record shows otherwise.” Trump went on to appraise his own temperament, calling it “my strongest asset, maybe by far,” before attacking Clinton’s. She smiled. “Woo! O.K.,” she said, beginning her response.

Clinton hit Trump for his record of praise for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, lamenting that Trump had “publicly invited Putin to hack into” American communications, as Trump shook his head. Trump said he did not think “anybody knows” if Russia was behind the recent hacks of Democratic organizations, wondering aloud if it might instead be China or a single hacker who “weighs 400 pounds” and sits at home.

After Clinton suggested she was worried about Trump getting his hands on the nuclear codes, Trump replied, “That line is getting a little bit old.” Clinton mocked Trump’s “secret plan,” as she called it, to fight the Islamic State, saying he had no true strategy. She also sought to reassure American allies that the country would honor its international commitments, saying some of Trump’s comments during the campaign had startled them.

Asked about his propagation of the conspiracy theory raising doubts about Obama’s birth, Trump tried to blame Clinton, suggesting falsely that she, too, had questioned the president’s birthplace. “She failed to get the birth certificate,” he said. “When I got involved, I didn’t fail.” Clinton said Trump had “really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen,” calling his efforts “very hurtful.”

Pressed on his refusal to release his tax returns, Trump repeated an oft-used line that he is facing “a routine audit” that precluded him from releasing the information. Holt noted that the I.R.S. had said he was free to release anything he wanted. Trump said he would “release my tax returns, against my lawyers’ wishes,” if Clinton agreed to release a cache of her emails.

Asked if she believed police officers were “implicitly biased” against African-Americans, Clinton suggested that all Americans were susceptible to bias. “I think unfortunately too many of us in this great country jump to conclusions about each other,” she said.

Asked about race relations, Clinton said that race remained “a significant challenge” in the country, adding that the criminal justice system treated minorities differently. Trump said Clinton “doesn’t want to use a couple of words” — law and order — before defending the contentious stop-and-frisk police strategy. “African-Americans and Hispanics are living in hell,” he said. “You walk down the streets, you get shot.”

After Trump defended his plans to lower taxes on the wealthy, mixing in jabs at Clinton, she joked, “I have a feeling that by the end of this evening, I’m going to be blamed for everything that’s ever happened.” Trump replied, “Why not?” Holt reminded Trump that he was speaking during Clinton’s allotted time.

Trump boasted about his campaign travels. “You’ve seen me, I’ve been all over the place,” he said. “You decided to stay home and that’s okay.” Clinton replied that she did indeed prepare for the debate, adding that she was preparing to be president, too.

Hitting Trump over his tax returns, Clinton wondered if there was “something he’s hiding,” before addressing her own use of a private email as secretary of state. “I made a mistake using a private email,” she said. Trump cut in, “That’s for sure,” Clinton added, “I’m not going to make any excuses. It was a mistake.”

Clinton condemned Trump for refusing to pay contractors on several projects, saying she was grateful her father had never done business with him. She said the debate crowd included an architect whom Trump had not paid. “Maybe he didn’t do a good job,” Trump said.

Clinton, seeking to portray Trump as an enemy of working people, said he had “rooted for the housing crisis” because of the financial opportunities it might afford him. “That’s called business, by the way,” he interjected.

Trump, criticizing trade deals approved by Bill Clinton, among others, suggested Clinton had failed to improve people’s lives during her decades in public life. As Clinton defended her record, he interrupted frequently. “You haven’t done it. You haven’t done it,” he said. “Excuse me.” Clinton shot back, “Donald, I know you live in your own reality,” before continuing her answer.

Clinton, looking toward Trump, said it was “good to be with” him on the same stage at last. “You have to judge us,” she said, in a response to a question about job creation. “Who can shoulder the immense, awesome responsibilities of the presidency?” Trump replied that “our jobs are fleeing the country.”

Clinton criticized Trump’s fiscal plans as “trumped-up trickle-down economics,” before saying he had received millions of dollars of support from his father. “My father gave me a very small loan,” he replied, before appearing to hesitate while addressing Mrs. Clinton. “Secretary Clinton? Is that O.K.?” he said of her title. “Good.”

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Credit: New York Times


  1. Lizzyfontail

    September 27, 2016 at 8:08 am

    How I Love Trump!!!!…No Sentiments at all. I think he’s real. stop the hate guys and listen carefully to him and look beyond his looks n funny comments. #LoveyouTrump#

    • Ann

      September 27, 2016 at 11:16 am

      What do you love exactly? He’s racism? The fact that he has literally no plans? The fact that he doesn’t pay taxes? The fact that he was sued so many times for not renting his buildings out to blacks? Do you love the fact that he has a charge for raping a 13 year old that’s going on trial on October 14th? Do you love the fact that he’s insulted Obama through out his presidency? What exactly do you love?

    • Anonymous

      September 27, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Are so many Nigerians largely lacking in critical thinking and making up for it with bigotry in large doses? Comments like this point towards an unfortunate “yes”
      Clearly, some people find uncouth behavior and evading questions by striking fear in people’s hearts as being “real”

  2. AceOfSpades

    September 27, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Donald Trump’s case is like that kid who was given everything by his parents. Like everything, even prostitutes on his birthday to make him feel like a man and then he enters into real world and sees the world is not like that! He now wants to use ‘weyrey’ to port it.

    Trump is the reason why we should not turn our children to akebaje. You downgrade women publicly (it’s not ok to do it privately o), you talk bad about blacks and Hispanics, you hiding your finances because you feel only you is entitled to your tax return, you romance war ideas, you don’t care about homeless people because they don’t bring money to your business et al and you want to become America’s president. I can’t believe some people are actually rooting for him. Don’t worry Trump, you have entered White House already!

    • Damilola

      September 27, 2016 at 10:28 am

      You can’t believe many people are rooting for him? Majority of people are like Trump especially with that level of money and power, he’s just not hiding his where he tries to be politically correct. He sounds harsh, stupid but that’s what happens when your answers are not polished, rehearsed using teleprompter. He’s not a typical, conventional politician. Don’t be fooled by the outward appearance of someone like Zuckerberg, folks running America share Trump’s ideology. The difference is, many pretend, cover it well to “act” like they care. Americans just don’t trust Hilary and they have valid reasons not to. She’s a crooked politician. And Trump isn’t crooked? He is but he’s a businessman, so if he’s connected to Wall Street and others it’s more understanding. It gets tricky when a politician tries to appeal and claim to represent for middle to poor class but your main sponsors, lobbyists are the very thing you speak against. Two face Clintons.
      One of the main reason people trusted Obama is, he seemed like a genuine guy who wasn’t too deep in dirty politics. The clintons are way too connected to suspicious, questionable people and businesses. They play dirty politics and dirty money.
      HIlary is not any better than Trump. Both are shamming

    • Engoz

      September 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Yes Donald is a businessman but he has filed for bankruptcy 7 times. Trump’s strategy seeks to provide tax cuts for the wealthy and hopes that the crumbs from this enrichment trickles down to the middle class and poor. This sort of strategy failed under the Bush’s administration. Clinton gave the most conclusive analysis of this strategy – Trumped up, trickle down. The Trump looks out for his interest. He’s part of the 0.1% that control the wealth. So I myself will be looking out for my own interest like Trump. And as a member of the middle class Clinton offers me the best shot. She says…

      “I don’t think top-down works in America. I think building the middle class, investing in the middle class, making college debt-free so more young people can get their education, helping people refinance their — their debt from college at a lower rate. Those are the kinds of things that will really boost the economy. Broad-based, inclusive growth is what we need in America, not more advantages for people at the very top.”

      I’m not interested in the crumbs or handouts trickling down from the rich to me.

      Secondly on gun violence, the leading cause of death of African American males between the ages of 15-34 is homicide. Trump rambled a lot about ‘Law and Order’…and the only solution he provides is to ‘stop and frisk’ people whom police presume to be suspicious. Thereby leaving our safety at the hands on police ‘feelings’ or ’emotional state’. That system is built on racial profiling. According to police data analyzed by the American Civil Liberties Union, 80% of persons stopped by police did nothing wrong. Over 50% of those stopped were black. It is this policy that has destroyed the American American trust in the police, hence the recurring riots in the US.

      Now what does Hillary suggests…

      “ever since the first day of my campaign, called for criminal justice reform. I’ve laid out a platform that I think would begin to remedy some of the problems we have in the criminal justice system. And we’ve got to get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. The gun epidemic is the leading cause of death of young African- American men, more than the next nine causes put together. So we have to do two things, as I said. We have to restore trust. We have to work with the police. We have to make sure they respect the communities and the communities respect them. And we have to tackle the plague of gun violence, which is a big contributor to a lot of the problems that we’re seeing today. But when it comes to policing, since it can have literally fatal consequences, I have said, in my first budget, we would put money into that budget to help us deal with implicit bias by retraining a lot of our police officers. I’ve met with a group of very distinguished, experienced police chiefs a few weeks ago. They admit it’s an issue. They’ve got a lot of concerns. Mental health is one of the biggest concerns, because now police are having to handle a lot of really difficult mental health problems on the street. ”

      I can work with Hillary on this!

      My thoughts:

      In a study by Swanson et al evidence from 2 Florida counties, nearly two-thirds of arrests for violent gun crimes involved suspects who were legally prohibited from having guns based on previous crimes committed. Where do they then get the guns? They get it illegally. 38% of violent gun crime arrests involved individuals who had not been legally prohibited. Nevertheless 60% of gun deaths is actually suicide. 72% of those who committed suicide were legally able to have it. Obama proposed to ban guns, but republicans have refused citing 2nd amendment.

      Hillary also highlights a bit on ‘Mental Health in relation to law enforcement’ which is of great interest to me as someone who works in the scientific field and need funding in research. There is a mental health crisis in the US and when you add police to it, the mentally ill is 16 times more likely to be killed by the police. The CDC hasn’t funded research in gun violence for over 2 decades. Only 2-3 years ago did we see the NIH providing funds in this research. Why? Because the republican politicians put into law that funds to these bodies should not be used to promote gun control. So any research was seen as an attempt to promote gun control.

      These are the main things that matter to me as a voter. I am not interested in ‘trickle down’ economics, neither am I interested in any candidate averse to critical gun control but suggests the stopping and frisking of random people on the streets. Focus on gun violence should be on those who own the guns and who especially get it illegally. Why is it so easy for certain individuals to have access to illegal guns? If Trump and the NRA really care about gun violence in the African American community, what submissions do they have in curtailing the illegal gun trade? But instead they propose a stop and frisk, so that upstanding citizens can be randomly judged by the color of their skin.

      People esteem Donald Trump as being a businessman. I esteem Hillary Clinton as a thorough, experienced. calculative, critical thinker. You don’t get to where she is without making mistakes. Americans are not used to seeing gangster rhetoric from a presidential candidate, hence the idea of a Donald Trump presents itself as novel. Nigeria is blessed with such gangster rhetoric from our political candidates, so I’m not impressed by a Donald! Been there, done that. Ain’t useful to me. It is not novel to me, neither has it helped Nigeria. Hillary consistently deal with facts, very composed and not given to emotional outbursts. Hillary is the better candidate! You compare Donald to a Nigerian politician, not a Hillary Clinton.

  3. hmm

    September 27, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Trump the big fool. Lets watch you loose this election, this man is just an irritant

    • lifeisbeautiful

      September 27, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Chances are Trump may win this election based on many things (bad economy, popularity among a large white middle class group, and many people just don’t trust HilLIARy.

    • Beeeee

      September 27, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Sorry, bad economy where? in the US?? LMAO

    • Ann

      September 27, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Bad economy where? I swear you people just talk out your arse. The economy is the best it’s been in literally 12 years. The middle class has grown the fastest this year then any other year the past 40 years. People like you without facts is why Donald trump is even standing there. He knows people like you don’t read or research the nonsense una dey spew. You’re his demographic

    • nnenne

      September 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Bad economy?
      Do you know what US economy was like when Obama took over?
      This is the same analysis that put Buhari in office.
      Stop biko!!!

    • Tosin

      September 27, 2016 at 9:10 am

      just an irritant
      and a fool
      that’s all

  4. Marlvina

    September 27, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Trump is a big joke. It shocks me that he still has supporters. I wonder what good they see in him or expect from him?

  5. tee

    September 27, 2016 at 9:43 am

    He didn’t quite answer any of the questions, this debate really showed the type of person he is, He does not listen and hes so childish. the white house definitely needs a mature mind and not a moron like trump . Hillary does it for me. all undecided voters will just go with hillary.

  6. Nadi

    September 27, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I liked Hillary’s composure, trump is such a bitch! (That type that cant change, d only thing u can do is smile, SMH, accept them the way they are, maybe love them). Hillary really composed herself despite trump’s missile attack, but what was really funny was that , when the table was turned to trump, he lost his cool. Trump can’t handle the heat, I think Trump strength lies on in his mouth, but when it’s comes to action, I think he lacks in that area. He denied supporting Iraq war, denied saying that Hillary doesn’t have the face to be the president , rather he changed it to she doesn’t have the stamina… Lmao

  7. Adetola

    September 27, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Temperamental, lacking in understanding and dynamics of h=what “REAL ECONOMY” means. when he says people are “STEALING” jobs, what does he mean? Trickle down Economics mean: Rich people pay less tax compared to their income, while middle class pays tax commensurate with their income no matter how small d tax is cs their income is small.
    2. Why did it find it hard to say “Secretary Clinton”, reforms in Trade Agreements is something that was set-up to encourage the cheaper imports.
    3. Trump just wants the Business class to flex their muscle, how many countries have Company tax as low as 15% and as advanced as the US? Attention should be paid to intercity states. Talking about jobs jobs jobs!
    do y’all remember 2008/2009 Recession/Meltdown. what happened, the rich got richer and the middle class paid for it.

  8. FasholasLover

    September 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

    When l spend time commenting on Donald, l Hv this profound feeling that l should be using my time for a more profitable venture. The Duck is rude and condescending. His opening remark about making sure Hilary is happy is condescending.

    This will be a tough contest. Not Becos Donald is a worthy opponent but, Becos In America, there are too many foolish people who do not care jack for the world outside of America. To this group, America is the world and they do not know any better. One, Hilary is female and that alone is a problem. Her husband was President who had an indiscretion yet, she stood by him. To some that is weakness. These and many more are her sins. To the discerning, there really should be no contest. But, hey their America.

  9. Adetola

    September 27, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Trump is too temperamental, totally unsettled. Hilary is not a better candidate either. But did Trump say Tax returns don’t show much? He’s very ignorant and doesn’t really know much.. All Trump say is MONEY!
    what is the population and size of Dubai? what govt do they have? China, Japan owes more money than America. How is Trump giving back to the American public? how many schools is he giving to?
    The world is a Global Market, America cant be advantaged all the time, UK is reaping from Brexit, unsettling the Market and creating doubts.

  10. Adetola

    September 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Laregly Hilary allowed Trump to talk but he’s always interjecting, drumming up huge numbers from anywhere.

  11. Nadi

    September 27, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Ur head dey der…. Every word u wrote is correct, meanwhile BN post my comment

  12. Ruth

    September 27, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Hilary won this debate but she needs to come better prepared for the next debate. Egocentric, chauvinist and narcissist trump will come prepared with really tough questions about Iraq, her health etc.

  13. The Lola

    September 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

    That was a very long informative Clip. I understand why Americans love Trump. He is that school principal that we all hate while in school but secretly admire and when we look back we could see the reasons why he did some of the things he did.
    Hilary said all the right things like a true politician and she clearly in my view won this debate. However, trump looked like he can get the job done, if we have to go by his tenacity as a business mogul.
    I will vote for Hilary (if i was living in america) because I am a woman who love to support women and trump is a mysoginist that will bring policies that may not favour women. But I think Americans will vote for Trump because he is a man who has been able to say out their secret thoughts while they all hide and pretend to tolerate immigrants. Truth is, an average Americans do not like immigrants just like what was proven in Britexit about Britons.

  14. The Lola

    September 27, 2016 at 10:42 am

    * brexit* before Bella English majors descend on me.

  15. @edDREAMZ

    September 27, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I see no reason why i should involve myself with american presidential election though….

  16. Urerime

    September 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Hillary is a normal imperfect human being, she has made mistakes, i mean who hasnt? She is still a better candidate. I think those rooting for trump arent being real. #teamHillary #teamstrongertogether

  17. Ankara

    September 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    They should fix America well oh. Make it great again and being stronger together. I intend to immigrate there since Africa doesbt want to be great and stronger together. Sorry my vote doesnt count. … i wish…..

  18. Ranyinudo

    September 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Trump Drinkwater! ???
    Madam Hillary was so composed….
    It was funny watching this Trump that makes uncouth statements sweat and gulp plenty water like it was masterchef reunion

  19. NG

    September 27, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Enjoying what is good in other lands but refusing to imbibe that good. Americans are doing all they can to have a good sense of who their would-be leader is, but Naija? It was taboo talking about a debate. No wonder we could not ask our ‘saint’ of a leader pertinent question like what exact plans he had for making N1= $1.

  20. TOSIN adegbite

    September 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Hillary is simply the winner !!!! Her point in the debate says it all.
    we are done.

  21. nnenne

    September 27, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Trump is a business man A real estate business man at that
    My gut feelings do not trust him.
    Looks like he is in it for his business…. de-regulations
    He is just telling ordinary folks what they want to hear

  22. Engoz

    September 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Seems the thesis I posted must have disappeared in BN archives…
    Anyway I will still summarize
    I am not interested in the ‘trickle down’ economics from rich to poor Trump proposes. Trump looks out for his interest as a rich man. Hence the tax cuts on the upper class. I will advice everyone to do the same and look out for their own interests. As a member of the middle class, I’m not poor neither am I rich. I am employed, thus, I am not interested in handouts or crumbs the rich will throw ‘if/when they start creating jobs’ . Bush administration gave tax cuts and the rich benefited the most from it. Hillary is particular about investing in the middle class, cancelling college debts, refinancing loans, reducing child care. It’s no brainer, Hillary wins for me.

    On gun violence, Trump proposes law and order by stopping and frisking ‘suspicious’ people. The republicans have refused to address gun control. They would rather treat the symptoms rather than the cause. They would rather profile black people than address gun control. Not even the killing of 20 children in Sandy Hook could make them give up their ‘2nd Amendment rights’, so who the heck are black people for them to care about treating humanely?

    It’s no brainer for me at all. Hillary for the win!

  23. The real D

    September 27, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    The truth is we have two terrible candidates this election as someone rightly predicted I doubt whoever wins this election is going to have a second term. That is, if the other party is finally able to present a better option than what we currently have. Trump is a temperamental, bigot that believes the world revolves around what he wants and what he beliefs. Clinton is a power hungry politician whose ultimate goal is just to sit and have the power that comes with the position of being the president of the US. Nevertheless, my vote is still with her and will be going to her come Nov. Personally, I believe she is the lesser of 2 evils. I wish the independent candidates would step up their games, this election would have been a great opportunity to push for independent candidacy, but again many of them do not know crap!!! see that one that did not know that Aleppo was a place (smh)!!!!

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