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Debate night: live blog

The most shocking and ‘horrifying’ statement of the night was Trump’s refusal to say he would accept the results of the vote on November 8. ~ Kathy Gill

Live-blogging the Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump debate with Twitter:

On immigration

On Russia

“I don’t know Putin … I never met Putin” – Trump

Fact check: Inside Trump’s financial ties to Russia and his unusual flattery of Vladimir Putin

Trump tweeted Putin a personal invitation to attend the pageant, and a one-on-one meeting between the New York businessman and the Russian leader was scheduled for the day before the show.

On the economy

“We’re going to have more free trade” – Trump [but NAFTA is a bad idea]

“There’s only one of us on this stage who has actually shipped jobs to Mexico because that’s Donald. He has shipped jobs to 12 countries including Mexico… he has given jobs to Chinese steelworkers not American steelworkers.” Clinton

On sexual assault

“She’s the one and Obama who caused the violence [at my rallies]”… I didn’t even apologize to my wife… I didn’t know any of these women … they get their 10 minutes of fame … it was lies and fiction …” Trump

NOTE: Yes, his statement was this convoluted.

This is telling.

Trump interjected (voice over) while Clinton was talking:

On foundations

“I’d be happy to compare [our Foundation record] with the Trump Foundation which took money from other people and bought a six-foot portrait of Donald. I mean, who does that? – Clinton

“The money goes, 100%, 100% goes to different charities” – Trump

“You should have changed the law [regarding tax loopholes] when you were a United States senator if you don’t like it.” ~ Trump [who does not understand the role of the First Lady, one Senator, or the Secretary of State in making law]

On rigged election

“If you look at your voter rolls, [there] are millions of people that are registered to vote who should not be registered to vote … She shouldn’t be allowed to run. It’s — She’s guilty of a very, very serious crime. She should not be allowed to run, and just in that respect I say it’s rigged because she should never –” – Trump

On global hotspots

On the national debt

[The economists are wrong] because I’m going to create tremendous jobs” – Trump

Clinton is bringing up the 1987 ad that criticized Ronald Reagan – foreshadowing the rhetoric of this campaign.

[B]ack in 1987, he took out an $100,000 ad in the New York Times during the time when President Reagan was president and basically said exactly what he just said right now. That we were the laughing stock of the world. He was criticizing President Reagan” ~ Clinton

“I’m cutting taxes” – Trump [supply side economics has been debunked]

Fact-check (reprise from prior debates): Fact Check: Trump’s claim about Obamacare health insurance increases

“Your [Obamacare] health insurance is going up … 68 percent, 59 percent, 71 percent.” – Trump

What’s missing?

On a lighter note

Random tweets that made me smile

Post-debate: on abortion

I missed the start …

Transcript excerpt:

Well, let’s pick up on another issue which divides you, and the justices that, whoever ends up winning this election appoints, could have a dramatic effect there. That’s the issue of abortion. Mr. Trump, you’re pro-life. And I want to ask you specifically. Do you want the court, including the justices that you will name, to overturn Roe v. Wade, which includes, in fact, states a woman’s right to abortion.

Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that would go back to the individual states.

I’m asking you specifically would you-

If they overturned it, it would go back to the states.

But what I’m asking you, do you want to see the court overturn it? You just said you want to see the court protect the second amendment, do you want to see the court overturn-

If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that is really what will happen. That will happen automatically in my opinion. Because I am putting pro-life justices on the court. I will say this. It will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination.

Post-debate: other notes

Post-debate commentary

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