Highlights of The First Clinton, Trump Presidential Debate


Photo courtesy of The State.

Madeleine Katz, Photojournalist

The first presidential debate of the 2016 election aired live on television on Monday, September 26th. Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, debated against businessman and Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, in front of a live crowd of 11,000 people.

During the 90 minute debate, Lester Holt asked both presidential nominees a series of questions giving them 2 minutes each to answer his question. The debate was held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York according to Lester Holt.

Some of the many issues Clinton and Trump debated included cybersecurity, racism in law enforcement, foreign relations, and national debt.

Many of the facts one candidate stated was disagreed upon by the other candidate. Several times during the debate both candidates called for “fact checking”.

Hillary Clinton provided a false fact when she stated, “He’s [Trump] paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax.” The reports that were turned over to state authorities showed that Trump paid federal income tax from 1975 to 1997 according to Politifact.

Donald Trump also claimed that he had never supported the war in Iraq. “In 2002, asked if America should go to war, he said, ‘I guess so.’ Less than three months before the invasion, Trump said the president should be more focused on the economy, but he didn’t specifically speak against launching an attack,” Politifact reported.

A major promise of the Clinton campaign that was mentioned in the debate is debt free college. According to Money, it would cost $35 billion dollars at the least to provide free college for those included in Clinton’s plan yearly. Her plan is to start out paying for public college for students with family incomes of $85,000 or less. The plan shows that each year the family income required for free college would increase until it reaches $125,000 in 2021. From then on, families making an average income that meets or exceeds $125,001 would have to pay fully for their children’s college education, while their less fortunate peers receive free collage.

According to a poll by Fortune, Donald Trump won the debate with 53% of the poll votes and the debate only changed the mind of 13% of the voters.

Alhees Basharmal (9) has concerns about both candidates and stated “I am worried that Hillary Clinton will lie if she becomes president, but I am also worried that Donald Trump will say rude things if he becomes president.”