WORLD: Clinton, Trump clash over taxes, race and terror in 1st presidential debate


In a combative opening debate, Hillary Clinton emphatically denounced Donald Trump Monday night for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters and peddling a “racist lie” about U.S. President Barack Obama. The New York businessman, meanwhile, repeatedly cast Clinton as a “typical politician” as he sought to capitalize on Americans’ frustration with Washington.


Locked in an exceedingly close White House race, the presidential rivals tangled for 90 minutes over their vastly different visions for the nation’s future. Clinton called for lowering taxes for the middle class, while Trump focused more on renegotiating trade deals that he said have caused companies to move jobs out of the U.S. The Republican backed the controversial “stop-and-frisk policing” tactic as a way to bring down crime, while the Democrat said the policy was unconstitutional and ineffective.


The debate was moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt, tasked with trying to corral the two candidates through questions related to three major themes: achieving prosperity, America’s direction and securing America. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


The debate was confrontational from the start, with Trump frequently trying to interrupt Clinton and speaking over her answers. Clinton was more measured and restrained, but also needled the sometimes-thin-skinned Trump over his business record and wealth.


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