September 26, 2016 12:36 pm
Updated: September 26, 2016 11:18 pm

Trump vs. Clinton debate: Presidential candidates face off for first time

Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump on his criticism of her preparation, “Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate, and yes I did. You know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president.”

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off for the first time Monday night during the first presidential debate of the 2016 US election.

Clinton, the democratic nominee for president, and Trump, the republican nominee, took to a stage at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York at 9 p.m. ET Monday and faced each other and moderator Lester Holt for 90 minutes, without commercial interruption.

Follow the Globalnews.ca live coverage of the first presidential debate in the blog below:

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James Armstrong September 26, 20161:13 pm

Will Donald Trump act presidential tonight? We’ll see.

James Armstrong September 26, 20161:23 pm

It’s a controversial question – should debate moderators be fact-checkers as well? Or should Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump be tasked with keeping their opponent honest?

James Armstrong September 26, 20161:38 pm

From the Associated Press:
The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be little more than background noise to President Barack Obama.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama will be “working tonight” when the debate airs. He said the television will be on in the background.

Earnest said the only deviation from business as usual is that the TV will be tuned to the debate instead of to Monday Night Football.

Earnest said Obama wants Clinton in the debate to speak about her record in a way that provides insight into her motivations to be president.

James Armstrong September 26, 20161:48 pm

From the Associated Press:
Tim Kaine is suggesting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will have a tough time in Monday night’s debate because Trump can’t run and hide when the questions get tough.

The Democratic vice presidential is also predicting a strong performance from his running mate, Hillary Clinton. Kaine says the debate will reveal whether Trump has any details for his plans and can manage not to lie.

Kaine was speaking at a rally in Lakeland, Florida. He says he’ll be on the edge of his seat and taking his own notes in preparation for his debate next week against Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence.

Kaine will greet voters at a debate watch party in Orlando before the debate begins.

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From the Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton will have some presidential support as she heads to Hempstead, New York, for her debate: her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

An aide to the former president says he’ll travel to the debate with his wife. The aide isn’t saying yet whether Bill Clinton will actually attend the debate.

The aide wasn’t authorized to discuss Bill Clinton’s plans by name and requested anonymity.

The debate’s run-up has been filled with speculation about who will or won’t attend. Donald Trump’s campaign walked back his suggestion that he might invite Gennifer Flowers, a woman who had an affair with Bill Clinton.

James Armstrong September 26, 20166:40 pm

From the Associated Press:
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says Donald Trump’s improved performance is helping GOP down-ballot candidates around the country.

It’s a point McCarthy says he made directly to Trump in a phone conversation Monday.

The California Republican says that “As his numbers go up, our numbers go up.”

Republicans are widely expected to keep their majority in the House in November, but lose seats. Some Democrats even hold out hope for retaking the House majority.

But McCarthy contends that “we’re in a much stronger position than anyone would have given us credit for.”

His comments reflecting growing GOP optimism about outcomes for House and Senate candidates as Trump is not dragging down their campaigns the way some in both parties anticipated.

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James Armstrong September 26, 20168:10 pm

Less than one hour until the debate. Watch this space for a live roundup of everything that’s happening including highlights, lowlights, and fact-checks.

James Armstrong September 26, 20168:55 pm

The debate begins in five minutes.

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From the Associated Press writer David Bauder
Everyone’s aware of the stakes for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the first presidential debate, but there’s a third person in the equation who faces a different pressure: Lester Holt.

The NBC News veteran is moderating his first general election debate, making him solely responsible for the questions asked each candidate and for steering the conversation. His performance will be closely watched, particularly in light of a dispute over the extent to which he should call politicians out for making untrue statements.

Holt, 57, has kept quiet about his preparations. The NBC “Nightly News” anchor took over his job last year after predecessor Brian Williams was found to have lied about his role in news stories.

Like the moderators for all three presidential debates this fall, it’s Holt’s first time in that role for a general election debate. He hosted a Democratic primary forum in January, and has interviewed Clinton and Trump three times each during the campaign.

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From Reuters
The Canadian dollar dropped 0.3 percent in early Asian trade on Tuesday to a six-month low, with traders nervously waiting for the first U.S. presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The Canadian dollar fell to C$1.3267 per U.S. dollar, its lowest level since late March, declining below its July trough of 1.3255.

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton greets Melania Trump ahead of the start of the first debate between Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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Candidates asked to explain their economic plans. Clinton touts jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, small business (“because most of the new jobs will come from small business”).

She also brings up increasing the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work, profit sharing, debt-free college.

“How are we going to do it? By having the wealthy pay their fair share.”

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Trump up now.

“Our jobs are fleeing the country, they’re going to Mexico, they’re going to many other countries.”

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Trump says he will be reducing taxes “tremendously” and that will be a “job creator like we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan.”

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Clinton says Trump’s economic plan is “Trumped up trickle down.”

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump greets Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton prior to their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

James Armstrong September 26, 20169:14 pm

How specifically will Trump bring back businesses that have left the country? He wants to renegotiate trade deals.

“The NAFTA agreement is defective,” Trump says.

James Armstrong September 26, 20169:15 pm

Trump has brought up the idea of scrapping NAFTA before. Here’s the reality check we did on that.

James Armstrong September 26, 20169:18 pm

Donald Trump says he never said climate change was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Here’s the tweet: https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/265895292191248385

James Armstrong September 26, 20169:19 pm

Donald Trump says he never said climate change was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Here’s the tweet: https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/265895292191248385

James Armstrong September 26, 20169:20 pm

Trump did later say it was a joke, however.

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Clinton: “Well Donald, I know you live in your own reality…”

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Some highlights so far, from Reuters

Some irritation. Clinton gets in another dig at Trump. “Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing collapse.” “That’s called business, by the way,” he responds. Then she says that he called climate change a “hoax.’ “I did not say that,” he says.
James Armstrong September 26, 20169:27 pm

The debate briefly touched on ISIS. Trump mocked Clinton for spelling out how she would fight the Islamic State on her website. Clinton, in turn, responded saying “At least I have a plan.”

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Trump: “I’m under a routine audit… as soon as the audit’s finished, [my tax return] will be released.”

Nearly all presidential candidates for the past 25 years have released their tax returns. Trump, however, refuses to until the audit is done and says he has released a “financial statement.”
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The IRS has said Trump is “perfectly free” to release his tax returns. When this is brought up by the moderator who follows up with why Trump won’t release his tax returns, he doesn’t answer.

James Armstrong September 26, 20169:34 pm

Trump says “as soon as” Hillary releases her “33,000 deleted emails” he will release his tax returns.

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Clinton calls that suggestion a classic example of “bait and switch.”

“Everyone has done it. We know, the IRS has made clear, there is no prohibition… why won’t he release his tax return?”
“Maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is,” Clinton suggests. Also suggests he’s maybe not as charitable.
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Clinton also suggests Trump doesn’t want people knowing how much, or how little, tax he pays.

James Armstrong September 26, 20169:36 pm

It’s unclear, we should say, that there’s currently no way of knowing how much tax Trump paid right now.

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to cut taxes big league, you’re going to raise taxes big league’: Trump

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Clinton: “I made a mistake using a private email.”

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From the Associated Press:
A claim from the presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:

HILLARY CLINTON, denying Donald Trump’s accusation that she called the Trans-Pacific Partnership the “gold standard” of trade agreements: “I did say I hoped it would be a good deal.”

THE FACTS: Trump is correct. As secretary of state, Clinton called the deal that was taking shape the “gold standard” of trade agreements, in a 2012 trip to Australia, and championed the agreement in other venues around the world. She did not merely express the hope that it would turn out well.

Clinton flip-flopped into opposing the trade deal in the Democratic primary when facing Bernie Sanders, who was strongly opposed to it.

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From the Associated Press:
Donald Trump is blaming Hillary Clinton for what he says have been “defective” trade agreements that have cost American jobs.

Trump says Mexico taxes American products imported there, but the U.S. does not tax Mexican imports.

He says Clinton’s been “doing this for 30 years,” a reference to her long career on the American political scene.

During that time, she’s been first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state. Those are not jobs that would give her a primary role in crafting trade agreements.

Trump also criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was approved under President Bill Clinton, Mrs. Clinton’s husband.

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has said that 1994 deal had a “relatively small” impact on the U.S. economy.

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From the Associated Press
A claim from the presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:

TRUMP: “I’ve been under audit for almost fifteen years.”

THE FACTS: Donald Trump has never provided any evidence to the public that he is actually under audit. A letter released by his tax attorneys never used the word, merely describing his tax returns under continuous review. “Review” is not a formal term for any kind of action by the Internal Revenue Service.

Trump has declined to provide the IRS’ formal notice of audit to The Associated Press and other news outlets. And former IRS officials have expressed skepticism that anyone would be audited so frequently.

James Armstrong September 26, 20169:49 pm

From the Associated Press
A claim from the presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:

TRUMP: “No wonder. You’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.”

THE FACTS: Hillary Clinton was born in 1947 and is currently 68 years old. She reached adulthood in 1965. The Islamic State group grew out of an al-Qaida spinoff, al-Qaida in Iraq in 2013, the year Clinton left the State Department.

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From the Associated Press
Donald Trump says he’ll release his tax returns if Hillary Clinton releases the “33,000 emails” she deleted from her private server.

Trump has refused to release his taxes, saying he is under a routine IRS audit and would release them when it’s completed.

The Republican nominee said Monday he would “go against” his lawyer’s wishes and release them before the audit is complete if Clinton turned over the emails.

Moderator Lester Holt noted that, by law, Trump can release his tax returns even while under audit. Clinton suggested the celebrity businessman is refusing to release them because he is hiding “something terrible” like a low tax rate or a small amount of charitable contributions.

James Armstrong September 26, 20169:52 pm

Presidential debate: Trump will release his income tax returns when Clinton releases her ‘33,000 emails’





James Armstrong September 26, 20169:52 pm

It’s unclear, we should say, that there’s currently no way of knowing how much tax Trump paid right now.

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James Armstrong September 26, 20169:54 pm

Here’s our fact check on whether Donald Trump suggested climate change was a hoax. He did. Then he denied it tonight.

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From the Associated Press:
A claim from the presidential debate and how it stacks up with the facts:

CLINTON: As part of a list of economy-building moves, called for “making college debt free so more young people can get their education.”

THE FACTS: Clinton has proposed making college tuition free for in-state students who go to a public college or university. But tuition free doesn’t equate to debt free.

Under her plan, the government would pay for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities for students from families earning less than $125,000 a year. That would leave students still bearing the cost of room and board, which makes up more than half of the average $18,943 sticker price at a four-year public university, according to the College Board.

Experts worry about other effects: Will colleges raise tuition once the government starts paying, increasing the cost to taxpayers? Will more students flock to public colleges because of the subsidy, also raising costs?

James Armstrong September 26, 20169:59 pm

And now, the birther question comes up.

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Donald Trump begins to answer by suggesting it was actually Hillary Clinton’s campaign that brought up the idea Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States.

“When I got involved, I didn’t fail, I got him to give the birth certificate. I’m satisfied with it… because I want to get on to fighting ISIS.”

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When asked why Trump continued to question Obama’s birthplace four years after the birth certificate was released, he once again blames Clinton campaign for bringing it up.

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Clinton says Trump started his political activity based on this “racist” suggestion that Obama was not a US citizen.

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Clinton says Trump has a “long record of engaging in racist behaviour.”

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Presidential debate: Clinton slams Trump over ‘racist birther lie’

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Presidential debate: Trump tells Clinton she treated Obama with disrespect; says she isn’t ‘holier than thou’

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From the Associated Press
Donald Trump is blaming Hillary Clinton for starting the false claim that President Barack Obama was born outside of the United States.

Trump says Sidney Blumenthal worked for the Clinton campaign in 2008 and pushed the belief that Obama was born in Kenya. Blumenthal did not work for the campaign.

The Republican nominee also says former Clinton staffer Patti Solis Doyle admitted that a member of the Democrat’s team tried to push the same falsehood. Doyle said the campaign fired a low-level staffer who tried to spread other rumors about Obama’s religion.

Trump said Clinton “failed to get the birth certificate.” He then said, “When I got involved, I didn’t fail.”

James Armstrong September 26, 201610:16 pm

Donald Trump is saying “wrong” as Hillary Clinton suggests he supported the invasion of Iraq. He did. Politifact looked into it here.

He did it on the Howard Stern show. When asked whether he supported the invasion of Iraq he said, “Yeah, I guess so.”
James Armstrong September 26, 201610:21 pm

A little bit more on Donald Trump’s promise to release his tax return when Hillary Clinton releases her emails.

James Armstrong September 26, 201610:22 pm

And a fact check on the “small loan” Trump got to start his business. That small loan was $14 million.

James Armstrong September 26, 201610:32 pm

Presidential debate: Trump denies he supported invading of Iraq





James Armstrong September 26, 201610:32 pm

Presidential debate: Clinton says a man who can be provoked by a tweet ‘shouldn’t have his finger near the nuclear codes’





James Armstrong September 26, 201610:33 pm

From the Associated Press
Donald Trump is interrupting the moderator of the first presidential debate to insist he has the best temperament for the office.

Trump repeatedly made the assertion after clashing with moderator Lester Holt over his early support for the Iraq War. Then he segued to his temperament.

“I think my strongest asset by far is my temperament,” Trump said. “I know how to win.”

Clinton and her allies have repeatedly hit Trump over his temper and inability to take criticism.

James Armstrong September 26, 201610:39 pm

That’s all. Next presidential debate is Oct. 9

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