HEMPSTEAD, Long Island — After months of sparring from afar, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will are facing off Monday night in the first presidential debate on a stage at New York’s Hofstra University.
They’re sure to face questions about domestic terrorism and police shootings given recent incidents in New York, North Carolina and elsewhere. The 90-minute televised debate comes six weeks before Election Day. Early voting is already getting underway in some states.
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“If she wins, I will absolutely support her,” says Donald Trump
“I want to make America great again,” says Donald Trump about if he will accept the outcome of the election.
“I certainly will support the outcome of this election,” says Hillary Clinton. “This election is really up to you.”
Donald Trump says it’s “not nice” that Hillary Clinton has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in ads against him
Donald Trump says he made “very tough comments” to Rosie O’Donnell and “nobody feels sorry for her”
“Hillary has experience, but she has bad experience,” says Donald Trump
“She doesn’t have the stamina to be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina,” – Donald Trump when asked by Lester Holt what he meant about Hillary not having the “look” to be president.
“All of the things she’s talking about could have been taken care of when she had power” – Donald Trump
“We cannot be the policeman of the world,” says Donald Trump
“I intend to be a leader of a country that people can count on and stand up to bullies whether they’re abroad or home.” – Hillary Clinton
“If he’s going to criticize a deal that’s been very successful” that’s given us access to facilities we’ve never had before, he should tell us his plan, Clinton says
“It’s also important that we look at the entire global situation. There’s no doubt that we have other problems with Iran,” says Clinton.
“It is essential that America’s word be good,” Clinton says to our nation’s allies.
“Words matter when you run for president, and they really matter when you are president,” says Hillary Clinton.
“A man who can be provoked by a tweet” should not be anywhere near nuclear codes, Hillary Clinton says.
Donald Trump says he has a much better temperament than Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton was there when ISIS was “an infant” and now it’s grown to 30 countries. “You’re going to stop it? I don’t think so,” Trump says.
“We need to knock the hell out of ISIS, and we need to do it fast.” says Donald Trump after saying Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama created ISIS.
“I’m all for NATO, but they have to focus on terror also, ” says Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton says we need to cooperate with the Muslim community to help fight terrorism and not alienate them.
Hillary Clinton gives kudos to police in New York and New Jersey for the capture of Ahmad Khan Rahami.
“We’ve got to have an intelligence surge where we’re looking for every piece of information,” says Hillary Clinton about stopping United States attacks.
“I hope the fact checkers are turning up the volume and really working hard,” says Hillary Clinton.
“She’s been trying to take them out a long time,” says Donald Trump about Hillary Clinton and ISIS.
Lester Holt asks the candidates how they would stop terror attacks on American soil.
Hillary Clinton says we have to disrupt the ISIS online propaganda.
“We have to be cognizant that they’ve had foreign fighters coming in to fight for them.” – Hillary Clinton says.
“We need to intensify our airstrikes against ISIS,” says Hillary Clinton. “We’re making progress, our military is assisting in Iraq.”
Hillary Clinton says part of her plan to defeat ISIS includes going after them online.
“We have so many things we have to do better Lester,” says Donald Trump.
“Under President Obama, we’ve lost control over things we used to have control over,” Donald Trump says regarding the internet.
“I don’t think anyone knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC” Donald Trump says. He says it could also be a 400-pound person sitting in their bed that broke into the DNC.
“Russia has used cyber attacks against all kinds of organizations. I am deeply concerned about this.” – Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton says “cyber warfare” will be one of the biggest challenges for the next president.
The next topic the candidates will discuss: Securing America
“We settled the suit with no admission of guilt,” says Donald Trump about the racism lawsuit. He says many real estate firms were sued in that same lawsuit.
“Donald started his career by being sued by the Justice Department by not renting apartments to African Americans” – Hillary Clinton says.
Donald Trump tells Lester Holt that he’s wrong that stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional.
Lester Holt brings up Donald Trump’s questioning about President Barack Obama’s citizenship.
“I prepared to be president, and I think that’s a good thing,” says Hillary Clinton.
The community within the inner cities have been so let down, “used and abused” by politicians, says Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton says she would put money into the budget to help us deal with implicit bias by retraining police.
“We’ve got too many military-style weapons on the street.” says Clinton. She says there needs to be a prohibition on people on watch lists to buy guns. If someone is too dangerous to fly, they are too dangerous to buy a gun.
“We need to have more second chance programs,” says Hillary Clinton.
“There are the right ways of doing it and then there are ways that ineffective. Stop and frisk was found to be unconstitutional because it was ineffective,” says Hillary Clinton.
“You need better relationships between the communities and police.” – Donald Trump.
Donald Trump says stop-and-frisk needs to return.
“African American communities are being decimated by crime,” says Donald Trump.
Donald Trump says almost 4,000 people in Chicago have been killed since President Obama took office.
Donald Trump says there have been thousands of shootings since January 1.
“We have a situation where we have our inner cities, African Americans, Hispanics are living in hell” says Donald Trump.
Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to use the words “law and order” when discussing racial tensions.
“We’ve got to get guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them” says Hillary Clinton.
“We have to restore trust between communities and police,” says Hillary Clinton. “We have to work to see police are using best techniques and prepared to only use force when necessary.”
“Race determines too much” says Hillary Clinton. She references the Charlotte and Tulsa shootings.
Lester Holt asks candidates how they heal the racial divide in our country.
“I have met a lot of the people who were stiffed by you and your businesses, Donald.” – Hillary Clinton
“I take advantage of the laws of the nation,” says Donald Trump when discussing overseas business.
Hillary Clinton says she’s thankful her late father never did business with Donald Trump.
Donald Trump refers to JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Airport as “third world countries.”
Donald Trump brings up his wealth because he feels it’s time that we have a president that knows about money.
Clinton says she would do it differently if she could do it again.
“I made a mistake using a private email,” Hillary Clinton responds to Donald Trump’s comments about email.
Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump isn’t releasing his tax returns because there is something he doesn’t want the American people to know.
“Maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is, maybe he’s not as charitable. We don’t know all of his business dealings but we’ve been told that he owes about $650-million to Wall Street and foreign banks,” Hillary Clinton answers about why Donald Trump has not released his tax returns.
“I will release my tax returns against my lawyers wishes when Clinton releases her 33,000 deleted emails,” says Donald Trump.
“We have a trade deficit of almost $800-billion a year,” says Donald Trump.
“I’m under a routine audit and it will be released soon,” – Donald Trump about his tax returns.
Lester Holt asks Donald Trump about why he has not released his tax returns
“The fed is being more political than Secretary Clinton.” – Donald Trump
Trump says the country is suffering because of decision “people like Clinton” made.
Building and investing the middle class and helping people refinance their college debt are things that will help boost the economy, not more advantages for the people at the very top, says Hillary Clinton.
“Trickled down did not work, it got us into the mess we were in in 2008, slashing taxes on the wealthy hasn’t worked,” – Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton laughs and says that she feels that by the end of the night she’ll be blamed for everything.
Candidates will now defend tax increases.
“No wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your whole adult life.” – Donald Trump says to Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump says he doesn’t think General Douglas MacArthur would like her website.
Hillary Clinton says she’s created a real-time fact checker to her website and people can look at them. Donald Trump says people can go look at his as well.
“I’m going to cut taxes big league and you’re going to raise taxes big league, end of story,” said Donald Trump.
“You are going to drive business out,” says Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton. “You’re going to increase taxes all over.”
We need to have strong, fair and sustained growth and help families balance their lives at home and work, says Hillary Clinton.
“I know you live in your own reality” Hillary Clinton says of Donald Trump.
“Why are you just thinking about these solutions now?” Donald Trump asks Hillary Clinton about jobs.
“We have to do a much better job at keeping our jobs and we have to do a much better job at giving companies incentives.” – Donald Trump
“I’m a great believer in all forms of energy, but we’re putting a lot of people out of work,” says Donald Trump about solar panels.
Lester Holt asks the candidates how to keep jobs in the United States, Donald Trump says to not let them leave in the first place.
Donald Trump says it’s “very important” to him that Hillary Clinton is happy.
“My father gave me a very small loan in 1975 and I built it into a business into billions and billions of dollars,” says Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton mentions that Donald Trump got a $14-million loan from his father when discussing business growth.
“We are 5 percent of the world’s population and we need to trade with the 95 percent of the world,” says Hillary Clinton.
“I’ll be reducing taxes from 35 percent to 15 percent to small and big businesses,” says Donald Trump.
As far as child care is concerned, Donald Trump says he and Hillary Clinton probably agree on parts of it, maybe not the numbers.
“Our jobs are fleeing the country, they’re going to Mexico and many other countries,” says Donald Trump as his opening statement on job creation.
“You have to judge us, who can shoulder the immense, awesome responsibilities of the presidency,” Hillary Clinton says.
“I want to see more companies do profit sharing,” says Clinton. Companies should see the profit they help create.
“Most of the new jobs will come from small business.” – Hillary Clinton
“We have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.” – Hillary Clinton
The three topics of the debate are America’s direction, achieving prosperity and securing America
Silence fills Hofstra University’s auditorium as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump get ready to take the stage.
Melania Trump and Former President Bill Clinton welcomed to the stage before the candidates.
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