Clinton, Trump begin their first presidential debate

Clinton, Trump begin their first presidential debate

New York, Sep 27 (IANS) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump began their first-ever presidential debate here on Monday night.

Democrat Clinton and Republican Trump will go head to head for 90 minutes at the Hofstra University on Long Island, New York, CNN reported.

This is first of the three presidential debates.

Clinton, Trump begin their first presidential debate 

New York, Sep 27 (IANS) Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump took to the stage on Monday night to begin their first-ever presidential debate which could prove to be a defining moment in the long race to the White House, media reports said.

Moderator Leslie Holt of NBC News opened the 90-minute debate at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York, with the first topic, “Achieving Prosperity”, CNN reported.

On greeting each other, Clinton asked Trump: “How are you, Donald?” as the crowd cheered.

The first question was about putting money back into Americans’ pockets and creating jobs.

Both candidates gave a wide-ranging answer with their two minutes.

Clinton, the first woman to represent a major US party in the presidential race, mentioned her granddaughter’s birthday, and talked about everything from gender pay gaps, to paid family leave, to presidential temperament.

Trump gave a classic answer about China and Mexico stealing American business and jobs.

He also had his first point of agreement, his unexpected (for the GOP) child leave plan: “I think Hillary and I agree on that, we probably disagree a little bit as it relates to numbers and amounts,” he said.

“We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us, we have to stop companies from leaving the United States,” he added.

Clinton went after Trump for past statements saying he was rooting for the housing market crash, CNN reported.

Trump conceded the point saying “It’s called business”.

She continued that 9 million jobs were lost.

“I’ve tried to be very specific about what we can and should do,” she said, making her case on policy.

Among the audience, the nominees’ families are present including Hillary’s husband and former US President Bill Clinton and Trump’s wife Melania who shook hands while they entered.

The debate is divided into 6 segments with 15 minutes given to each nominee. Two minutes will be allotted to answer a question asked by the moderator, two minutes to reply and the remaining time for the nominees to debate.

The audience have been asked not to cheer, clap or boo.

This is the 20th US presidential debate and is being organised by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

‘Clinton talks more to people’s heads than to hearts’

New York, Sep 27 (IANS) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s advisor on Hispanic issues, Jose Fuentes, hopes that Monday night’s debate helps get across the mogul’s image of “change” compared to his “stiff” Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who – he says – speaks more to people’s heads than to their hearts.

In an interview with EFE news at the debate site, Fuentes, the former attorney general of Puerto Rico and a member of Trump’s Hispanic Advisory Council, said he hopes to see the Trump that “we’ve gotten to know in person,” whom he calls an easy person to talk to and very well prepared.

Fuentes emphasised that Clinton is a “very stiff” candidate, whereas Trump represents an alternative.

He said that Clinton speaks to people’s heads not to their hearts and the public is tired of a Washington politician who says the same thing “year after year”, adding that “the people want change” and saying they will get that if they elect Trump.

Fuentes spoke at the David S. Mack auditorium at Hofstra University on Long Island, where the first presidential debate of the 2016 campaign is under way.

The Latino advisor said that voter surveys show that garnering the support of “the large number of undecideds is key” in the November election.

He said that it is a “big problem” for Clinton if the people who have known her for 30 years are not convinced that this is a big opportunity for them, adding that Trump has the chance to pull those votes onto his side of the ledger.

Nevertheless, Fuentes acknowledged the Republican’s unpopularity among the Latino community, a result of his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants, whom he called “rapists”. and his proposal to build a wall along the US-Mexico border to halt illegal migration.

Fuentes said the campaign is well aware that Trump is behind Clinton in the polls among Hispanics, but he went on to say that the polls also show much indecision among Latinos. Therefore, he said, Trump intends to speak directly to Hispanics, although he did not offer any details about what the mogul might say in the speech he will deliver on Tuesday in Miami.

Monday night’s debate, which will last 90 minutes, is the first opportunity for Americans to see how the candidates measure up going head to head on the issues.

An average of the main voter surveys calculated by the specialized RealClearPolitics Web site shows Clinton has lost the comfortable 8-or-so-point advantage she had enjoyed after the party conventions and now is in a technical tie with Trump with 46 percent to his 44 per cent.

Expectations are for more than 100 million people to watch this first of three televised debates, setting a record for this type of TV event.

Clinton wins first presidential debate

New York, Sep 27 (IANS) Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has won the first presidential debate, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

The poll of debate watchers put Clinton at 62 per cent while Republican rival Donald Trump lost by 27 per cent in Monday night’s debate held at the Hofstra University, New York.

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