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The exceedingly waited debut in the presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prompted candidates’ exchanges in the issues stretching of the economy, business and security issues in three general topics, America’s Direction, Achieving Prosperity and Securing America.
The first of the three presidential debates between the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump happened on September 26 at the Hofstra University and Lester Holt of the NBC Nightly News moderated the debate.
The candidates responded in the 90-minutes debate divided in six segments, each 15 minutes long. Although, the debate was televised, much of the audience also used the social media to share their views on what was said from the debate’s podium. A word “surreal” dominated in the post-debate articles as reflection to the debate. The New York Times comments “the debate took on a surreal quality at times, with more discussion of insults like “slobs” than immigration or the Affordable Care Act.
The Times, which editorial board endorsed Clinton for a president during the weekend, commented Democratic candidate arrive better prepared, while “Trump seemed to be improvising on stage much of the time.” Republican presidential candidate Trump questioned Clinton’s stamina, on which she recalled to her time as a secretary of state.
“As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina,” Clinton responded.
Trump did not spare Clinton of her support of the “stop-and-frisk” policies, and questions of her use of the word “super predator” in the 1990s, as a description of the youthful criminals. Clinton tackled Trump he did not pay any federal income tax a lot of years, on which he responded the federal government would squander his money.
Another issue Clinton pointed out in the debate was about the financial crisis in the U.S. by saying, “Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis.” Clinton referred to 2006, when Trump said, “I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and some and make some money.” After her comments on his business practices about the housing crisis, Trump responded, “That is called business, by the way.”
The Times comments, “Mr. Trump’s strongest moments came early in the evening, when he put Mrs. Clinton on the defensive over her support for free trade agreements that he argues have cost Americans jobs.” Economy was one of the segments the candidate talked about and it was the topic for the opening of the debate.
Here is what both candidates stated for the opening segment “Achieving Prospect.”
Hilary Clinton: “We have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. That means we need new jobs, good jobs, with rising incomes. That means jobs in infrastructure, in advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean, renewable energy, and small business, because most of the new jobs will come from small business. We also have to make the economy fairer. That starts with rising the national minimum wage and also guarantee, finally, equal pay for women’s work.”
Donald Trump: “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 all of their people. All you have to do is look at Carrier air conditioning in Indianapolis. They left — fired 1,400 people. They’re going to Mexico. So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this.”
The next debate will be in St. Louis in the format of a town meeting, and third debate will be on October 19 in Las Vegas with the same format as September 26 debate.