The Clinton/Trump debate in quotes

The two candidates exchanged views on issues from trade to race relations

27th September, 2016
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Hillary Clinton with husband Bill and daughter Chelsea after last night's debate
Donald Trump with son Donald Trump Junior and wife Melania after last night's debate Pic: Getty

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in the first presidential debate of the general election season on Monday night, the first of three such contests scheduled to take place before the election on November 8.

The debate at New York’s Hofstra University, moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, did not disappoint with sharp exchanges between the two candidates who exchanged views on issues from trade to the US economy, race and foreign policy over the course of 90 minutes.

The following are among the more memorable excerpts from the debate:

Clinton:

1. "The kind of plan that Donald has put forth would be trickle-down economics all over again. In fact, it would be the most extreme version, the biggest tax cuts for the top per cent of the people in this country than we’ve ever had. I call it trumped-up trickle-down, because that’s exactly what it would be."

2. "My father was a small-businessman. He worked really hard. He printed drapery fabrics on long tables, where he pulled out those fabrics and he went down with a silkscreen and dumped the paint in and took the squeegee and kept going."

3. "Take clean energy. Some country is going to be the clean-energy superpower of the 21st century. Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real."

4. "Well, Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts."

5. "People have looked at both of our plans, have concluded that mine would create 10 million jobs and yours would lose us 3.5 million jobs, and explode the debt which would have a recession."

6. "I have a feeling that by, the end of this evening, I’m going to be blamed for everything that’s ever happened."

7. "So you’ve got to ask yourself, why won’t he release his tax returns? And I think there may be a couple of reasons. First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be. Third, we don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks. Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes."

8. "You know, I made a mistake using a private e- mail. And if I had to do it over again, I would, obviously, do it differently. But I’m not going to make any excuses. It was a mistake, and I take responsibility for that."

9. "I have met a lot of the people who were stiffed by you and your businesses, Donald. I’ve met dishwashers, painters, architects, glass installers, marble installers, drapery installers, like my dad was, who you refused to pay when they finished the work that you asked them to do."

10. "It’s just a fact that if you’re a young African-American man and you do the same thing as a young white man, you are more likely to be arrested, charged, convicted, and incarcerated. So we’ve got to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system. "

11. "I think Donald just criticised me for preparing for this debate. And, yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that’s a good thing."

12. "The other day, I saw Donald saying that there were some Iranian sailors on a ship in the waters off of Iran, and they were taunting American sailors who were on a nearby ship. He said, you know, if they taunted our sailors, I’d blow them out of the water and start another war. That’s not good judgment."

13. "It is essential that America’s word be good. And so I know that this campaign has caused some questioning and worries on the part of many leaders across the globe. I’ve talked with a number of them. But I want to — on behalf of myself, and I think on behalf of a majority of the American people, say that, you know, our word is good."

14. "As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina."

15. "And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. And he called this woman “Miss Piggy” Then he called her “Miss Housekeeping,” because she was Latina."

Trump:

1. "My father gave me a small loan in 1975 and I built it into a company that’s worth many, many billions of dollars, with some of the greatest assets in the world, and I say that only because that’s the kind of thinking that our country needs."

2. "You look at what China is doing to our country in terms of making our product. They’re devaluing their currency, and there’s nobody in our government to fight them ... Because they’re using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China, and many other countries are doing the same thing."

3. "Under my plan, I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously, from 35 per cent to 15 per cent for companies, small and big businesses. That’s going to be a job creator like we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan. It’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch."

4. "Hillary, I’d just ask you this. You’ve been doing this for 30 years. Why are you just thinking about these solutions right now? For 30 years, you’ve been doing it, and now you’re just starting to think of solutions.

5. "If you think you’re going to make your air conditioners or your cars or your cookies or whatever you make and bring them into our country without a tax, you’re wrong."

6. "I’m going to cut regulations. I’m going to cut taxes big league, and you’re going to raise taxes big league, end of story."

7. "She’s telling us how to fight ISIS. Just go to her website. She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don’t think General Douglas MacArthur would like that too much."

8. "Typical politician. All talk, no action. Sounds good, doesn’t work. Never going to happen."

9. "This Janet Yellen of the Fed. The Fed is doing political — by keeping the interest rates at this level. And believe me: The day Obama goes off, and he leaves, and goes out to the golf course for the rest of his life to play golf, when they raise interest rates, you’re going to see some very bad things happen, because the Fed is not doing their job."

10. "I will release my tax returns — against my lawyer’s wishes — when she releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them, I will release."

11. "You don't learn that much from tax returns."

12. "We’re just opening up on Pennsylvania Avenue right next to the White House, so if I don’t get there one way, I’m going to get to Pennsylvania Avenue another.

13. We have a situation where we have our inner cities, African- Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.

14. "Well, I have much better judgment than she does. There’s no question about that. I also have a much better temperament than she has, you know?"

15. "She doesn’t have the look. She doesn’t have the stamina. I said she doesn’t have the stamina. And I don’t believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina."

The next presidential debates are scheduled for October 9 at Washington University in St. Louis and October 19 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

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