US 2016 Presidential Elections: Clinton & Trump Throw Down in Final Debate
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's third and final presidential debate quickly fell into a match of insults and jabs, with the two candidates recalling the scandals of their opponents.
Just 10 days since their last confrontation in a town-hall format, Clinton and Trump returned to the format of their first debate on Wednesday night.
The debate lasted over 90 minutes without a break, and was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News. It was presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates, and was hosted at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
To end the debate, each candidate was asked by moderator Chris Wallace to give an unprepared one-minute closing statement.
Trump reiterated his campaign's slogan "Make America Great Again," before diving into his top issues.
"We take care of illegal immigrants," he said, "better than we take care of our vets."
"That can't happen," the businessman added.
Trump then moved on to his appeals to traditionally Democratic-voting minority communities.
"Our inner-cities are a disaster," he said, promising to fix them. "They get shot walking to the store. They have no education, they have no jobs."
Trump accused Clinton of talking to African-Americans and Latinos only long enough to get their votes, and said she would turn her back on them once elected. He concluded that a Clinton victory would mean four more years of Obama-style leadership.
In her closing statement, Clinton said she is "reaching out to all Americans, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, because we need everybody to help make our country what it should be...we need your talents, your skills, your commitment, your energy, your ambition."
She went on to say that she has been "privileged to see the presidency up close and I know the awesome responsibility of protecting our country... I will stand up for families against powerful interests, corporations... I hope you will give me the chance to serve as your president."
"When I hear Donald talk like that and know his slogan is 'Make America Great Again,' I wonder when he thought America was great," Clinton said.
"I think its important to recognize he has been criticizing our government for decades," she said, referencing a $100,000 ad in the New York Times during the Reagan presidency in 1987, in which he "basically said we were the laughing stock of the world."
She went on to say: "When I talk about how we're going to pay for education, how we're going to invest in infrastructure, get the cost of prescription drugs down, I've made it very clear we're going to where the money is - we're going to ask the wealthy and corporations to pay their fair share."
The last set of questions is about national debt.
"We're not going to let our companies be raided by other countries," Trump said. "I'm going to create the kind of country that we were, from the standpoint of industry."
"We have the greatest business people in the world, we have to use them to negotiate our trade deals."
"Our country is outplayed, nobody can believe how stupid our leadership is," Trump said.
"I think a no-fly zone could save lives and hasten the end of the conflict [in Syria]" Clinton said.
"This would not be done just on the first day, it would take a lot of negotiation and making it clear to the Russians and the Syrians that our purpose here was to provide safe zones on the ground."
"Assad is much tougher and smarter than her and Obama," Trump said.
"We're backing ‘rebels', we don't know who the ‘rebels' are, we're giving them lots of money, lots of everything," he added.
"If Assad falls, we may end up with worse than Assad."
"John Podesta said you have terrible instincts, Bernie Sanders said you have bad judgment, I agree with them both," Trump said.
In response, Clinton said that Bernie Sanders had referred to Trump as the "most dangerous" person to run for president in modern history.
"I agree with him," she said.
The first question on international hot spots is about Mosul.
Clinton said the goal is to re-take Mosul and then move on to Raqqa in Syria.
Trump responded by saying: "Mosul is so sad, we had Mosul but when she left, when she took everybody out, we lost Mosul."
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