Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the last debate ahead of US 2016 presidential election

October 20, 2016 4:00 am

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) debates with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the third US presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photos by AFP)

Republican and Democratic nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, face off in the last one-on-one debate in the run-up to the US 2016 election.
The third presidential debate was held at the Thomas & Mack Center of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Trump looked more restrained and disciplined as the debate started unlike previous encounters, trying not to interrupt Clinton and maintain his composure.
The two candidates focused on fundamental differences between the two parties, namely gun rights, abortion and immigration, rather than their policies.
Immigration was one the nascent issues at the debate, with Clinton accusing the New York businessman of exploiting undocumented immigrants during the construction of the Trump Tower in New York.
Trump stressed on his proposal for building a wall on the Mexican border, asserting, Hillary also sought that once.
The billionaire also accused the Democratic administration of President Barack Obama of deporting the so-called illegal immigrants.
Trump said he would also deport “some bad, bad people in this country,” referring to asylum seekers.
Clinton referred to leakages of secret documents against her campaign by the WikiLeaks, suggesting the reason for that is that Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks a “puppet” US president.
She cited 17 military and civilian spy agencies that have corroborated that WikiLeaks is all about interfering in the American election process, referring to trump’s previous attempts to “encourage” Russian espionage.
Trump argued that the Russian president had said “nice things” about him, asserting, “I don’t know Putin.”
In response to the moderator’s questions about “rigged” election claims in the US, Trump refused to say that he would welcome the outcome of the November 8 vote, instead opting for keeping the voters “in suspense” until he can take a “look” at the results.
Clinton also commented on that, citing recent remarks by Obama, arguing that the real estate mogul should stop “whining” before the 2016 “game” is even over.
She suggested that his claims about rigging the election are made because Trump is getting closer to a defeat on Election Day.
In regard to the Iraqi government’s push liberate Mosul, Trump pointed the finger at Clinton over the fall of the city to Daesh.
He added that neighboring Iran is “taking over Iraq” and has “outsmarted” American authorities, also blasting Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, including the US.
Clinton asserted, on the other hand, that she did not agree with the presence of more American troops in Iraq as an “occupying power.”
About the situation in Syria, Trump also made similar remarks, saying, President Bashar al-Assad had proven “tougher” that Hillary and fellow Democrats thought.
After the debate, the Clinton and Trump staff rushed to various media outlets, trying to make the case in favor of their own candidate to portray them as the victor.

The third and final debate of the caustic 2016 US presidential
election started with a sober tone… but ended up with Donald Trump
questioning the fundamental underpinnings of the nation. Here are four
key moments:
If Americans entered the debate concerned about what happens the day
after this brutally fought election, Trump did little to assuage their
fears.
An hour into the 90-minute battle, the Republican nominee was asked
whether he would respect the election result and concede if he lost. His
answer will go into the history books.
“I’ll look at it at the time. What I’ve seen is so bad,” he said, repeating unfounded allegations of vote rigging.
Fellow Republicans rushed to denounce him, and his Democratic rival
Hillary Clinton declared herself “appalled” by what she said was an
attack on 240 years of US democracy.
Asked about embarrassing leaked emails, Clinton pivoted to Trump’s
much scrutinized relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and
the Republican’s refusal to pin the leaks on Moscow.
Clinton suggested Putin wanted a “puppet” in the White House, which prompted a remarkable exchange.
“No puppet. No puppet,” said Trump, talking over Clinton. “You’re the puppet!”
“No, you’re the puppet,” he continued.
Composing himself, Trump said “I never met Putin. This is not my best
friend. But if the got along with Russia, it wouldn’t be
so bad.”
Both Clinton and Trump threw plenty of meat to their core political bases — ticking boxes on guns, abortion and taxes.
Trump was again on the defensive over his policy of forcibly deporting millions of illegal migrants.
“We have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out,” he said.
Clinton described that as an idea “that would rip our country apart.”
Some of the sharpest exchanges came when Trump accused Clinton and
her campaign team of drumming up allegations that he has groped several
women.
“I believe,” Trump said, “she got these people to step forward,”
accusing Clinton of running a “very sleazy campaign” and adding of the
claims aired by several women dating back decades: “It was all fiction.”
Trump boasted, “I didn’t even apologize to my wife,” saying he did nothing wrong and so had nothing to apologize for.
Later, when the topic turned to taxes, Clinton suggested that Trump might try to wriggle his way out of paying.

“Such a nasty woman,” Trump said, leaning into the microphone.

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