October 19, 2016 9:10 am
Updated: October 19, 2016 10:57 pm

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump face off in final presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spar during the second presidential debate at Washington University. The third and final debate is Wednesday night.

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See what you missed from the third and final presidential debate, here. 

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Wednesday night.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace was the moderator of the debate.

See a recap of our live coverage below: 

 

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James Armstrong October 19, 20167:20 pm

From The Associated Press:

Donald Trump’s guest list for the third and final debate now includes Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and a woman who has accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.

The GOP nominee’s campaign confirms that the former vice presidential candidate will be in the audience. Also in attendance will be Leslie Millwee, a former Arkansas local reporter who claimed in an interview this week with Breitbart News that she was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton three times in the 1980s.

Also attending is the mother of a man who was killed in the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi and President Barack Obama’s half-brother.

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Dozens of taco trucks lined the street outside of the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas Wednesday in a show of protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Barack Obama worried about violence if Donald Trump loses. Read more here.

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Wondering who the moderator is? Here’s what you need to know about Chris Wallace.

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The two candidates did not shake hands.

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Donald Trump says the people he will choose for the Supreme Court will be pro-life and pro-second amendment.

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton keep their distance and do not shake hands at the start of the their third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Raedle/Pool

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Any limits on assault weapons?

Donald Trump: Notes that Chicago – which he says has the toughest gun laws in the country – has the highest rate of gun violence.

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Next question is on abortion.

Donald Trump won’t answer whether Roe V. Wade should be overturned, instead says the power will go back to the states which will make the determination. Then says that the judges he appoints will be pro-life and insinuates they will overturn Roe V. Wade.

Hillary Clinton answers to say she will “Defend planned parenthood,” Roe V. Wade and “women’s rights to make their own decisions.”

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Hillary Clinton brings up that Donald Trump said women who get abortions should be punished.

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On late-term abortions: Hillary Clinton says “This is one of the hardest decisions a woman can make.”
“The government has no business in the decisions women make with their families.”

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Next question is on immigration.

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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Donald Trump begins by saying Hillary Clinton wants to give amnesty which, he says, is a “disaster.”

“We have to have strong borders. We have to keep the drugs out of our country.”

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Donald Trump: “I want to build the wall.”

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Donald Trump: “We have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out.”

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Hillary Clinton: “I don’t want to rip families apart… I don’t want to see the deportation force that Donald has talked about in action in our country.”

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Hillary Clinton says Trump’s deportation plan would “rip our country apart.”

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Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump “choked” in meeting with Mexican president by allegedly not bringing up his wall.

Trump responds by saying “I had a very good meeting with the president of Mexico.”

“Hillary wanted the wall. Hillary Clinton wanted the walls in 2006.”

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The Wikileaks emails are brought up. Clinton asked if she supports open borders. She says she was talking about energy, not the flow of people.

“What’s really important is the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans… then they have given that information to Wikileaks,” Clinton alleges.
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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump listens Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during their third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool

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Donald Trump notes “that was a great pivot” off the issue.

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After an exchange about Vladimir Putin and American relations with Russia, Donald Trump suggests Putin has no respect for Clinton. She responds, saying, “he’d rather have a puppet for president.”

Trump responds with “No puppet. You’re the puppet.”

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Do you condemn Russian interference in the election?

Donald Trump: “Of course I condemn.”

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Next topic is the economy.

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the third and final debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (not pictured) at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Hillary Clinton says she will have the biggest jobs program since World War 2. Some of that will be investing in clean energy and small business, raising the national minimum wage, and equal pay for women.

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Hillary Clinton also wants to make college debt-free and free college for families with income under $125,000.

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Clinton says economists have suggested her plan could create 10 million jobs. She also claims economists have said Trump’s could “cost us jobs, and possibly lead to another great recession.”

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Trump says Clinton’s tax plan is a “disaster.”

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Trump doesn’t say anything about his plan and, instead, pivots to talking about NATO countries paying their dues.

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Trump says he will renegotiate NAFTA and if its not “a great deal” then they’ll scrap it altogether.

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Clinton, responding, says Trump’s plan will be the biggest “tax cuts ever seen.”

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Is Clinton’s plan more of Obama’s stimulus? “It’s a combination,” she says.

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From the Associated Press:
What is this that the presidential candidates have been talking about?

Oh, it’s policy!

So far in this third debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are debating their very different approaches to some of the country’s stickiest issues: gun rights, abortion and immigration.

That’s a striking turnabout from how the previous two debates have unfolded in their earliest moments. Last time the two met, in St. Louis, the debate moderators began by asking about the increasingly negative tone of the campaign, focusing on a 2005 video of Trump making predatory comments about women.

This time, right off the top in Las Vegas, it was all policy.

There are signs the issues focus may not last: Clinton and Trump have begun sniping at each other about ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

James Armstrong October 19, 20169:47 pm

Presidential debate: ‘I don’t know Putin’: Trump





Presidential debate: Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump ‘a puppet’ for Vladimir Putin





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Donald Trump says about Hillary Clinton: “You talk but you don’t get anything done.”

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Next topic. Fitness to be president.

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First question to Donald Trump is about the nine women who came forward accusing him of assault. Why, Wallace asks, would they all make up these stories?

Donald Trump: “Those stories have been largely debunked. Those people, I don’t know those people.” He goes on to suggest they were set up by the Clinton campaign.

“I didn’t even apologize to my wife, who is sitting right here, because I didn’t do anything.”

“I think they either want fame, or her campaign did it.”

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Hillary Clinton’s response. Points out that Trump’s defence was originally that the women were not attractive enough. Trump says he didn’t say that.

But he did. Read more here.

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Donald Trump says the accusations are “fiction” and pivots to Clinton’s emails.

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Clinton responds by saying Trump mocked a disabled reporter. Trump says “wrong.” But he did. Read more here.

James Armstrong October 19, 201610:02 pm

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

DONALD TRUMP: “Hillary Clinton wanted the (border) wall. Hillary Clinton fought for the wall in 2006 or thereabouts. Now, she never gets anything done, so naturally it wasn’t built.”

THE FACTS: Almost, but not quite. As a senator from New York, Clinton did support the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of hundreds of miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

But it was built. Nearly 700 miles of fencing was put in place during President George W. Bush’s second term and the beginning of President Barack Obama’s first term.

The fencing is placed largely in urban areas along the nearly 2,000-mile frontier. It is not the type of solid wall that Trump has pledged to construct at Mexico’s expense. The fence has miles-long gaps and gates built in to allow landowners access to their property on the south side of the fencing. Immigrants have been known to go over and around the fence.

James Armstrong October 19, 201610:04 pm

More on Donald Trump’s Roe V. Wade statements here.

James Armstrong October 19, 201610:07 pm

Next question – on Trump’s accusations re: rigged election.

Will Donald Trump accept the results of the election?

Donald Trump: “I will look at it at the time.”

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On the peaceful transition of power? Donald Trump says “what I’m saying is I’ll tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.”

Hillary Clinton: “Everything things are not going in his direction, he’ll claim that whatever it is, is going against him.”

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Hillary Clinton says she is “appalled” that Trump is saying the election is rigged.

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Next question on ISIS – what will you do to stop a power vacuum in its wake?

Hillary Clinton: I will not support putting Americans in Iraq as an occupying force. That would be a “big red flag” for ISIS to reconstitute itself. Wants to take back Mosul and then move into Syria and Raqqa, where ISIS is headquartered.

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And to Donald Trump. Would he be willing to put American troops in Iraq? Says “we lost Mosul” when Clinton came into office as Secretary of State.

Trump asks “whatever happened to the element of surprise?” Suggests they should have done a surprise attack.

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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the third and final debate with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (not pictured) at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Raedle/Pool

James Armstrong October 19, 201610:24 pm

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

CLINTON: “I want to make college debt free.”

THE FACTS: Clinton might aspire to that lofty goal, but she has only proposed making college tuition free for in-state students who go to a public college or university. Even with expanded grant aid, room and board costs can lead to students to borrow.

Clinton would have the government pay for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities for students from families earning less than $125,000 a year. Students would still need to foot the bill for housing and food, which makes up more than half of the average $18,943 sticker price at a four-year public university, according to the College Board.

But Trump was correct when he said that government would shoulder higher costs with Clinton’s plan.

Her plan would cost the federal government an estimated $500 billion over 10 years, with additional costs possibly for state governments.

James Armstrong October 19, 201610:26 pm

Donald Trump says he will boost GDP growth to at least 4 per cent. Maybe even 5 or 6 per cent, he suggests.

James Armstrong October 19, 201610:27 pm

Did you miss the beginning of the debate? Here’s some of the top one-liners from the night.

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Presidential debate: Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump ‘is the only one who has shipped jobs to Mexico’





James Armstrong October 19, 201610:29 pm

Presidential debate: ‘Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger’ – Clinton on Trump’s treatment of women





Presidential debate: Donald Trump maintains all sexual assault allegations against him are “fiction”





James Armstrong October 19, 201610:34 pm

Time for closing statements.

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Presidential debate: No handshake for Clinton, Trump at debate’s end





Presidential debate: Trump calls Clinton ‘such a nasty woman’





James Armstrong October 19, 201610:52 pm

Debate is over.

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