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Tuesday, September 27, 2016


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Sharp disagreements over nuclear weapons
Nick Allen walks us through an exchange over nuclear weapons:
On the question of nuclear weapons Mr Trump says he would not strike first.
He said: "I would certainly not do first strike. Once the nuclear alternative happens it's over. At the same time I can't take anything off the table." Mrs Clinton attacked her opponent over previous comments suggesting he would not defend Japan and South Korea.

She said: "Words matter. I want to reassure our allies in South Korea and elsewhere that we have mutual defence treaties and we will honour them.

"It is essential that the world knows America's word is good."
Mr Trump said: "We cannot be the policeman of the world. We cannot defend people when they're not paying us."
Trump threatens to say something "extremely rough", but doesn't
Donald Trump just tried to make the case that he was taking the high road in tonight's debate, and did so in tantalising fashion:
"I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family. And I said to myself, I can't do it. I just can't do it. It's inappropriate, it's not nice." Maybe in the second debate he won't hold back.. Trump: Hillary doesn't have the stamina to be president Donald Trump was asked about a comment he made that Hillary Clinton did not have a "presidential look". He pivoted away from that, but then into another minefield, hitting Mrs Clinton for lacking "stamina".
Here's her response:

Who tackled the terrorism questions better?

"I have a much better temperament than she has"
Mr Trump's claim that he has a more presidential temperament than Mrs Clinton earned chuckles from the audience and a sarcastic smile from the former secretary of state.
She then gives a somewhat bizarre whooping noise when it's her turn to speak, before launching into an impassioned defence of her foreign policy. Mrs Clinton turns to nuclear weapons, suggesting that Mr Trump is far too dangerous to be trusted with the presidency. "His cavalier attitude about nuclear weapons is so deeply troubling," she says.

What did you make of Donald Trump's comments on the birther controversy? Mr Trump is already being criticised for his meandering explanation of why he continued to propagate the birther accusations against Barack Obama after the president released his birth certificate. What did you think of his answer?
Trump flounders on birther issue

Nick Allen recounts a tough moment for Donald Trump:
Mrs Clinton accused Mr Trump of promulgating a "racist lie" through his involvement with the "birther" movement.
Mr Trump attempted to accuse Mrs Clinton herself of having started the untrue rumour that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya. The Republican said he was "proud" to have settled the issue by forcing the president to release his birth certificate. He said to Mrs Clinton: "When you try to act holier than though it really doesn't work."

But Mrs Clinton responded: "It can't be dismissed that easily. He really started his political activity on this racist lie that our first black president was not a natural-born US citizen."
Trump and Clinton spar over stop and frisk Ruth Sherlock examines the exchange between Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump about stop and frisk:

Donald Trump has stuck fast to his controversial call to use “stop and frisk”, a practice where police can stop pedestrians and frisk them for weapons. But the methods are often described as a form of racial profiling. And court decisions have already ruled the the method when it was used in New York was unconstitutionally discriminatory. But none of this seemed to bother Mr Trump: “In New York city we had stop and frisk and it brought crime down from 2,200 murders to 500 murders. It had a tremendous impact on New York City,” he said.

Hillary Clinton countered that the practice is not effective, a statement supported by the results of several studies.
Mrs Clinton then made her own pitch to African Americans. “We have to address the systemic racism in our justice system,” she said.

But Mr Trump tried to undermine her by accusing Mrs Clinton and other American politicians of only reaching out to black communities when they need them to vote. “The African American community has been let down by politicians,” he said. “They have been so badly treated; used and abused to get votes by Democrat politicians.”

When the moderator asked Mr Trump about his promotion of the birther conspiracy against Barack Obama, Mrs Clinton jumped in to call the real estate mogul a racist. “He tried to put the whole racist, birther lie, to bed. But it can’t be dismissed that easily. He has started his campaign activity based on this racist lie," she said.

"You've been fighting Isis your whole adult life"
"I prepared to be president" Hillary Clinton has just delivered a strong, albeit clearly scripted, line: "Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. I did. You know what else I did? I prepared to be president." He looked as if he was about to speak and then stopped himself. Think she scored a point there.
"Those people? He means me"

Harriet Alexander is at a "debate watch party" in the East Village, where a group of young New Yorkers are glued to the screens.
She writes: You could have heard a pin drop as the conversation moved onto race. Gone were the whoops and cheers, as everyone listened intently. Mrs Clinton outlined her views, to nods of approval. Mr Trump then countered, responding that he wanted to reintroduce the policy of stop and frisk - and the bar erupted.
As he said that "African Americans and Hispanics are living in hell," the woman standing in front of me was literally tearing at her hair.

People booed, their heads in their hands. He continued: "We want to take the guns away from those people." A young black girl said, with air quotes, "'Those people?' He means me."
Were you satisfied with Trump's answer on taxes?
Clinton hammering Trump on taxes, business record
That's it for the economic portion of the debate. Hillary Clinton got in her best ammunition on Mr Trump's refusal to turn over his tax returns, record of allegedly "stiffing" contractors he hired and declaring business bankruptcy.

Mr Trump counters that he was "taking advantage of the laws of the country", a response that Mrs Clinton seems pleased with. You may even see it in an advert down the road. I was impressed with Mr Trump early on as he called Mrs Clinton out on trade and her emails, but she seems to be taking control now. It's email time

We've not waded our way into Hillary Clinton's email controversy. Along the way we stopped at Mr Trump's refusal to release his tax returns , and Mrs Clinton said he could be hiding something terrible. The businessman then said he would release his tax returns, but only if Mrs Clinton releases the 30,000 emails from her time as secretary of state that her staff determined to be "personal" and deleted.

"The country really thinks it's disgraceful, believe me," he says.
Mrs Clinton uses the tried and true line that it was a mistake and she wouldn't do it again, then pivots back to Mr Trump's business record. Clinton: 'You blame me for everything'. Trump: 'why not?'
More from Barney Henderson: Wow, that didn't take long. Mr Trump is straight into attack mode after the opening pleasantries.

While Mrs Clinton is answering a question on trade, Mr Trump constantly cuts her off, again and again. He keeps questioning why Mrs Clinton is "only just starting to think about all this" when she has been "doing this for 30 years". Mrs Clinton battles to keep her composure, smiling through the interruptions. He then goes after her on the TPP: “You called it the gold standard,” he shouts twice.

"You have no plan. Secretary Clinton you have no plan."
Mr Trump is trying to stop Mrs Clinton getting into her stride. So far she's doing well to rebuff his constant interruptions. But he's out for a fight tonight. "I've got a feeling I'm going to be blamed for everything tonight," she jokes. "Why not?" he counters.
Donald Trump doesn't like the rules

Mr Trump does not seem to be enjoying the format, which lets the candidates speak in turn for two minutes at a time. He continues to cut Mrs Clinton off nearly every sentence she utters, and fidgets until it is his turn to speak. The Republican nominee also tends to answer the questions before Holt can even ask them.

It's an unorthodox approach, but is it working?
Debate starts to unravel. Lester Holt just tried to shift topics for a few awkward minutes as Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton continued to shout over one another. They're discussing trade, but somehow we ended up on Isil. Mrs Clinton says: "At least I have a plan" Mr Trump responds that she's telling the enemy everything she will do.

Trump 'fact-checks' Clinton
Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump believes climate change is a hoax pushed by the Chinese. Donald Trump says that's not true. Well.. A tense start, followed by combative exchanges
Barney Henderson writes: It began with palpable tension, wide, forced smiles and a slow walk towards each other.

"How are you Donald?" Mrs Clinton asked as they shook hands.
18 months of sniping and negative campaigning on an unprecedented scale - and now the two candidates for the White House face each other for the first time.
The first question is on trade and both Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton ease into the debate with a calm exchange of well-prepared answers. Mrs Clinton then points out that Mr Trump borrowed $14 million from his father - his hackles almost visibly rise - and the debate gets off and running.

Clinton: Trump rooted for the housing crisis
It's been a timid opening, but Mrs Clinton is going straight at Mr Trump with claims about his business record.
She says he rooted for the housing crisis so he could make money off of cheap real estate. Mr Trump interrupts: "That's called business by the way".
"Trumped up trickle down"

Mrs Clinton is coming out firing. She says Mr Trump has been "fortunate" rather than successful, starting his company with $14 million from his father (rather than the $1 million hev claims) compared to her hard-working and thrifty family.

Mr Trump then issues a correction, of sorts. He says his father gave him a "very small loan" and he turned it into a multi-billion dollar country. Mr Trump then asks Mrs Clinton if it's ok to call her Secretary Clinton. She nods.

"Good, I want you to be happy. It's very important to me," he jokes. Trump paints bleak portrait of US economy
Mr Trump says the world is using the US as its "piggy bank" as China and Mexico take US jobs and grow their economies at America's expense.

"We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us, we have to stop our companies from leaving the United States and with it firing" the Americans working for them, he says.
First question is on the economy Why are you the better candidate to provide jobs and put money in voters' pockets?

Mrs Clinton opens by noting that it is her granddaughter's 2nd birthday. She seems to have an answer memorised for this generic question. Policy proposals. Raise minimum wageEqual pay for womenPaid family leave, affordable childcareDebt free college, paid for by having "wealthy pay their fair share"


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