Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go head to head in first general election debate
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News September 26, 2016 Updated: 9:20 PM
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off at the first presidential debate Monday, from Hofstra University.
Here are some highlights of some of the lively exchanges, including several that brought an edge to tonights debate.
“She doesn’t have the look,” Trump said toward the end of the debate. “She doesn’t have the stamina.”
Trump appeared rattled at times, particularly as the debate wore on. Yet his main attacks on Clinton were rooted in policy grounds, as he sought to give voice to public anger not just at Clinton but at the broader political class.
“You’ve been doing this for 30 years; why are you just thinking about these solutions now?” Trump said in talking about ways to create jobs.
“I have thought about this quite a bit,” Clinton countered.
“Yeah, for 30 years,” Trump responded.
Trump stretched facts and attacked Clinton’s temperament. He also, for the most part, kept his cool.
“I want you to be very happy. It’s very important to me,” Trump said, challenging the fact-checkers once again.
Trump was brought onto his shakiest ground of the night when moderator NBC’s Lester Holt brought up the topic of the president’s birth status, specifically, why it took him until just weeks ago to declare the matter settled.
Trump said, “I say nothing” to those who wonder why he pushed the matter so long. And he falsely accused Hillary Clinton of starting the birther questions in 2007.
“Just like she can’t bring back jobs, she can’t produce” the president’s birth certificate, Trump said.
Clinton hit back by not letting Trump get away so easily on an issue among black voters.
“It can’t be dismissed that easily. He has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen,” she said. “The birther lie was a very hurtful one.”
Clinton suggested that Trump’s success is inherited, and that he’s hiding his tax returns to avoid embarrassment.
“Maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is,” she said. “Maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be.”
Trump didn’t deny Clinton’s suggestion that he hasn’t paid income taxes “for a lot of years.”
“It would be squandered, too, believe me,” Trump said.
Clinton attacked Trump on Iraq. Trump insisted that he was against the Iraq War before it started.
Trump took Clinton on consistently, attacking her on jobs, trade, and national security, and using her as a stand-in for politicians in general.
“I have a feeling that by the end of this evening I’m going to be blamed for everything that ever happened,” Clinton said at one point.
Trump: “Why not?”
Clinton: “Just join the debate by saying more crazy things.”
Clinton showed her fitness for office, keying off of Trump’s criticism of her for retreating from the campaign trail.
“Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And, yes, I did,” she said. “And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that's a good thing.”