Trump v Clinton: Who won the debate?
The first live televised debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House has taken place.
Performing well in the debate can make or break a campaign. So who won?
Both sides are claiming victory after a fiery encounter. Here are 10 things that stood out:
After months of mudslinging over the airwaves and online it was the first time Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton shared a stage. The pair arrived in the auditorium at Hofstra University in New York to cheers and smiled as they shook hands, Mrs Clinton greeting the tycoon with: “Hey, how are you Donald?”
Jobs and the economy:
The candidates kicked off with different approaches to the first question on Americans’ wealth and work, Mrs Clinton looking to future policies while Mr Trump targeted on the Democrats’ record in government. Mrs Clinton noted that it was her granddaughter Charlotte’s second birthday as she pledged to achieve gender parity in the workplace and increase taxes for the wealthy.
Mr Trump said the US had lost jobs to Mexico and industry to China and promised to revive the US economy by lowering taxes, cutting regulation and renegotiating trade deals. He repeatedly attacked his rival’s husband, former US President Bill Clinton, for the North American Free Trade Agreement that was approved under his administration in the 1990s.
Mrs Clinton used the subject of family income to launch a personal attack on Mr Trump, contrasting his charmed start in life with her own.
Emails and tax returns:
These were two subjects both candidates could expect to be attacked on. Mrs Clinton admitted that she had made a mistake by using a private email system during her tenure as US secretary of state. Mr Trump said he would only disclose his tax affairs if his rival releases the “33,000 emails” deleted from her private server. However Mrs Clinton accused Mr Trump of hiding “something terrible”, suggesting he may not be as wealthy as he claims, pay a low rate of tax or give smaller charitable donations than he has claimed.
Mr Trump denied saying climate change was false despite tweeting in January 2014: “Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!”
He also claimed in 2012 that the concept of global warming was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive”.
The candidates were asked how they would heal race relations in the wake of police shootings that have provoked outrage across the US. Mrs Clinton said gun violence is the leading cause of death among young African-American men and tackling the “plague of gun violence” is critical.
The pair clashed on “stop and frisk” laws, with Mr Trump claiming a judge’s ruling that the practice was unconstitutional was wrong. He said: “Right now our police are afraid of doing anything” and that if you walk down the streets in places like Chicago, “you get shot”. A theme throughout his campaign has been to “make America safe again”.
Source: Scotman Post