Hillary Clinton won the presidential debate tonight over Donald Trump

Published 9:26 pm Sunday, October 9, 2016

Staff and Wire Report

Hillary Clinton won the presidential debate tonight over Donald Trump.

Trump, the Republican, missed on facts in accusations against Clinton, he rambled at times late in the debate, and he spoke over moderators and Clinton at times. Trump even dissed his Republican vice presidential running mate at one point, when he disagreed with running mate Mike Pence’s position on the proper strategy to deal with the civil war and humanitarian crisis in Syria.

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He did manage to survive, though, giving his supporters hope after a difficult week. By scraping through the debate he is still alive in some polls and can make a run through the third debate and the end of the race before the vote is taken in early November.

Clinton, the Democratic nominee for President, meanwhile remained relatively poised and prepared throughout the debate and answered constantly on topics including her deleted emails, Russia, and Donald’s behavior. She criticized Trump as having a “bullying” effect on America and in schools.

Trump was effective in highlighting that Hillary Clinton deleted 33,000 emails with no real explanation and that many of her supporters have not paid taxes after taking write-offs for business losses.

It’s hard to name the most memorable line in this combative debate. But the most memorable visual so far? That’s easy.

It’s the image of Hillary Clinton answering a question, while Donald Trump looms behind her.

Unrestricted by a podium, Clinton is using the whole stage at the town hall-style forum, crossing in front of Trump to answer audience questions.

That’s left Trump stuck in the camera shot behind her, standing awkwardly, at times swaying and pacing, while he listens to her answers.

Trump often mocked Clinton for spending time preparing for the debate. It’s not clear how much time he spent preparing for one of the trickiest elements — knowing where the camera is at all times.

Donald Trump is again insisting he opposed the Iraq War before it started.

But despite his repeated claims, the facts are clear: He did not.

There is no evidence Trump expressed public opposition to the war before the U.S. invaded. Rather, he offered lukewarm support. The billionaire businessman only began to voice doubts about the conflict well after it began in March 2003.

Trump’s first known public comment on the topic came on Sept. 11, 2002, when he was asked whether he supported a potential Iraq invasion in an interview with radio host Howard Stern.

“Yeah, I guess so,” he said. His first public comments strongly opposing the war came in 2004.

Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, voted in favor of the invasion in 2002 while she was a New York senator. It’s a vote she has said was a mistake.

Donald Trump says he used $916 million loss in 1995 to avoid paying federal income taxes. He said it is the same thing many of Clinton’s supporters including Warren Buffett have done.

Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted Hillary at the midpoint of the debate and Hillary Clinton and was talking over the debate moderators. He also accused the two moderators of siding with Clinton and refusing to let him answer questions.

The interruptions prompted Clinton to exclaim, “I know that you’re into big diversions tonight.”

Trump seems sensitive to his interactions with Clinton. When the moderators asked a question and it was unclear whose turn it was to answer first, Clinton said, “Go ahead, Donald.”

Trump replied, “No, I’m a gentleman, Hillary, go ahead.” Some in the audience laughed.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed over the future of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Clinton is vowing to fix the Affordable Care Act and Trump is promising to repeal and replace “Obamacare.”

Clinton says 20 million more people have health coverage because of the law. She says she wants to “save what works,” but the next administration will need to get costs down and provide more help to small businesses. She says if the system is repealed it will be “turned back” to the insurance industry.

Trump says the system is a “disaster” and “will never work.” He says it needs to be replaced with a less expensive system that’s more flexible for patients regardless of what state they live in.

But early on Trump tried ineffectively to change the subject to topics like Bill Clinton’s behavior and ISIS. He also said that if he was in charge of laws in the U.S., Hillary Clinton would “be in jail” for deleting 33,000 emails.

Trump said tonight in the second presidential debate there has “never been anybody in the history of politics that’s been so abusive to women” as Bill Clinton.

He is attacking Hillary Clinton over her 33,000 emails deleted.

“If I win I am going to get a special prosecutor to look into her situation,” Trump said. “The people of this country are furious.”

Donald Trump is turning Hillary Clinton’s demand for an apology back onto her, accusing her of stealing the Democratic nomination.

Trump says Clinton unfairly won her party’s nod by cheating rival Bernie Sanders.

About Sanders, who eventually endorsed Clinton, Trump says, “I was so surprised to see him sign on with the devil.”

Trump went on to repeat debunked claims that Clinton started rumors that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Trump has fomented the conspiracy for years — until last month, when he declared Obama, who was born in Hawaii, an American citizen.

The long list of accusations was his response to Clinton’s claim that Trump owes an apology to the many people and groups he has publicly quarreled with during his presidential campaign.

Donald Trump is sniffling again in the second debate, also.

The Republican nominee is noticeably inhaling deeply through his nose in the early part of the debate.

Trump’s heavy inhalations became a hot topic in the previous debate, 13 days ago in Hempstead, New York.

When asked about it the next morning, Trump denied he’d been sniffling. “No, no sniffles,” he said on “Fox & Friends.” ”No sniffles, no cold.”

Donald Trump was expected to bring some fireworks in tonight’s presidential debate but his first opportunity to speak was calm. Moments later he was asked by Anderson Cooper about the lewd tape that was released on Friday and the debate immediately got more intense, and Donald tried to change the subject.

“This was lockerroom talk,” Trump said. “I am not proud of it, but this is lockerroom talk,” Trump said of the tapes. Trump then shifted to ISIS from the lewd tapes.

“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” Trump said.

When pressed by Cooper about the lewd tapes Trump shifted to talk about America’s borders.

Hillary Clinton has been asked to speak about Trump and the lewd tapes. “I think it is clear to anyone who heard (the tape) that it represents exactly who he is,” Hillary said.

Trump tried to change the subject but was pressed by the moderator that the lewd tape was the biggest issue yet in this 2016 presidential election and that it needed to be discussed. When pressed, Donald explained it by attacking Bill Clinton with accusations of behavior with women.

Clinton said Trump owes America an apology.

Hillary Clinton said at the opening of tonight’s debate that she wants to be the president for “all Americans.”

The fireworks at the second presidential debate exploded even before the candidates took the stage.

Donald Trump unexpectedly appeared live on his Facebook page with women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of rape and unwanted advances. They didn’t take questions but repeated some of the claims they made against Clinton years ago.

The women are expected to attend the debate as guests of Trump.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign responded by calling it a “stunt” that wouldn’t alter Clinton’s plans to speak directly to voters in the debate.

The stunning moment raised further questions about how directly Trump plans to go after Bill Clinton in the debate.

The latest bombshell about Donald Trump dropped just in time to rock Sunday’s presidential debate. And so tonight’s second presidential debate Trump vs. Clinton promises to be a good one as we watch to see how Donald responds.

We will have second presidential debate live updates, analysis and discussion tonight and will review who won tonight’s debate. So bookmark this page and tune in tonight when the second presidential debate starts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.