Post by: Chief News Editor | Published: September 27, 2016 , 8:49 am | Category: TOP NEWS
U.S.A-Forty-three days before the election, the highly anticipated matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is finally upon us. We’ll be bringing you all the latest updates here from the first presidential debate.
Trump is asked to explain why he kept pressing questions about President Obama’s birth place, even after the president in 2011 produced his birth certificate proving he was born in Hawaii.
Trump made no apologies. He cited the news organization McClatchy, which sent a reporter to Kenya to investigate the issue and claimed credit for getting Obama to release his birth certificate. “I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate and I think I did a good job,” he said.
The moderator asked Trump what he has to say to African Americans on the issue. “I say nothing,” he said, insisting he’s developed really good relations with the community.
Clinton responded: “Just listen to what you heard.” She said Trump’s campaign was founded “on a racist lie” and cited a 1973 Justice Department lawsuit brought against Trump for housing discrimination. “He has a long record of engaging in racist behavior,” she said.
Both candidates are asked how to improve race relations.
Clinton emphasized restoring trust between communities and police, reforming police practices and taking guns away from people who shouldn’t have them. She said the police should be prepared to use force only when necessary.
“Everyone should be respected by the law and everyone should respect the law,” Clinton said. “Right now that’s not the case in a lot of our neighborhoods.” She also cited many “good police officers who equally want reform” and said we have to get guns out of the hands of people who “should not have them.
Trump said Clinton won’t use the words “law and order,” which is “what we need in our country.” African Americans and Hispanics “are living in hell” in certain communities, he said. He also reiterated the need to “take the guns away” from “bad people.”
When Clinton said it’s unfortunate that Trump paints such a “dire picture” of these communities, he audibly sighed. Clinton cited statistics that African Americans are more likely to be arrested, charged and put in jail for the same offenses as white Americans. “We cannot just say law and order. We have to come up with a plan,” including ending mandatory minimum sentences and private prisons. She also cited “common sense gun safety provisions” and preventing people on the terror watch list from buying guns.
Trump said he agrees with Clinton that individuals on the terror watch list should be barred from possessing firearms: “I tend to agree with that quite strongly,” he said. He cited her prior use of the words “super predator” in describing African-American youths and said these communities are “very upset” with politicians.
— Heidi Przybyla
Facebook: Top moment in first half is …
That honor belongs to Trump, according to the social media site, which is tracking shares, likes and posts, when he said this:
“She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don’t think Gen. Douglas MacArthur would like that too much.”
— Donovan Slack
To pay or not to pay
Clinton turns the attention to Trump’s business record, citing the average Americans and contractors whom he’s “stiffed” over the years and asking why he refused to pay them for their work.
Trump didn’t deny his nonpayment of contractors, saying maybe those contractors didn’t “do a good job.” He said “I take advantage of the laws of the nation” and that his obligation is to take care of himself, his company and his employees. He also cited a Trump hotel he’s opening in Washington, saying it’s ahead of schedule and under budget.
— Heidi Przybyla
What do taxes have to do with emails?
Trump is asked why he isn’t releasing his tax returns to the U.S. public. He cited a mandatory financial statement that he has released and continued to insist he cannot release them because they are under audit. “I’ve been audited for almost 15 years,” he said, turning the conversation to deleted emails by Clinton. He seemed to suggest he’d release them if she releases her prior emails.
“You’re just seen another example of bait and switch here,” said Clinton. “The IRS has made clear there is no prohibition on releasing it,” she said. Clinton cited a number of reasons why Trump may not be releasing them: Maybe he’s not as rich or charitable as he says he is. She cited $650 million he owes to Wall Street and foreign banks and that it’s possible he’s paid nothing in federal income tax. “It must be something really important, even terrible he’s trying to hide,” she said. Trump contended that “you don’t learn that much” from tax returns.
When Clinton got her chance to address the email issue, she kept it short: “I made a mistake using a private email,” she said. “I’m not going to make any excuses,” she said.
— Heidi Przybyla
The NAFTA clash
The two traded bards over foreign trade, with Trump slamming Clinton over her husband’s record signing into law the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement and her prior support for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
She cited her husband’s record in the 1990s of creating new jobs and said she would appoint a special prosecutor on trade deals as Trump continued to blame NAFTA and overregulation of companies for U.S. jobs losses. “NAFTA is the worst trade deal maybe signed anywhere,” he said. Over and over he cited “bureaucratic red tape.”
Trump continued to focus on the tax system, saying U.S. companies are not being allowed to bring their money back into the country, or to repatriate them. Clinton countered by saying Trump’s plan would propose a massive increase for rich people like him. “Slashing taxes on the wealthy hasn’t worked and a lot of really smart wealthy people know that,” she said.
NEWS COLLECTED FROM USA TODAY.