MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) — There have already been fireworks between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the two candidates face off in the first presidential debate at Hofstra University Monday night.
Clinton and Trump have 90 minutes of nonstop debating, moderated by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, to make their case to American voters why they should be in the White House.
Here are the best lines of the first presidential debate so far:
“Now, in all fairness to Secretary Clinton, yes, is that OK? Good. I want you to be very happy. It’s very important to me.”
Trump checked in on Clinton in the midst of criticizing her — and her husband, former President Bill Clinton’s — stance on NAFTA.
“That’s called business, by the way.”
Trump’s response to Clinton’s claim that he wished for the Great Recession and housing collapse so that his company could capitalize.
“Donald, I know you live in your own reality.”
In the midst of a back-and-forth disagreement over Clinton’s support, or lack thereof, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Clinton accused Trump of imagining her stance.
“You’re telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you’ve been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.”
After Clinton claimed that, unlike Trump, she had a plan to fight ISIS, Trump made the accusation that Clinton has dealt with the current crisis in the Middle East for the length of her political career.
“I have a feeling by the end of this evening I’m going to be blamed for everything that’s ever happened.”
This was Clinton’s claim after Trump attacked her over companies moving jobs out of the country. Trump’s response to Clinton’s line: “Why not?” To which Clinton said, ”Why not? Yeah, why not? Just join the debate by saying more crazy things.”
“When she releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases her 33,000 e-mails, I will release my tax returns.”
After a discussion about how Trump has repeatedly declined to release his tax returns until an IRS audit is completed, Trump explained what Clinton would have to do to get him to deliver them sooner. The audience broke decorum by applauding the Republican nominee. Moderator Lester Holt interjected at the conclusion of Trump’s remarks by “admonish[ing]” the audience and asking for silence.
“I can only say that I’m certainly relieved that my late father never did business with you.”
After sharing the story of an architect who claims he wasn’t compensated for his work on the clubhouse of one of Trump’s golf courses, Clinton invoked her father, Hugh Rodham, who owned a drapery fabric business.
“No. You’re wrong.”
Trump took offense after Holt responded to the candidate’s praise of stop-and-frisk practices by explaining the police tactic had been ruled unconstitutional. “It went before a judge who was a very against-police judge,” continued Trump. “[New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio] refused to go forward with the case. They would have won an appeal.”
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