Trump, Clinton Spar in First Presidential Debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton following the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton following the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is criticizing Republican presidential rival Donald Trump for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters.

At a debate Monday night, Clinton said, “There’s something he’s hiding.”

Trump then said he would release his tax information when Clinton produces more than 30,000 emails that were deleted from the personal internet server she used as secretary of state. Two more debates are planned.

Trump accused his Democratic presidential rival of not having the “stamina” to be president.

He said, Clinton “doesn’t have the look.” He said, “She doesn’t have the stamina.”

Clinton fired back, saying that as secretary of state she traveled to 112 countries, negotiated peace deals, cease-fires and imprisoned dissidents.

On the issue of international trade, Trump said Clinton has supported have led to American jobs being moved overseas.

And at last night’s presidential debate, Trump pushed Clinton aggressively on her past support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

Clinton said she opposes the sweeping deal in its final form.

The verdict is in on social media.

The most-discussed moment of the debate on Twitter and Facebook was when Donald Trump claimed his temperament is “his strongest asset.”

Representatives of Facebook said Trump captured about 79 percent of all Facebook discussions, compared with 21 percent for Clinton.

A spokesman for Twitter, meanwhile, said Trump talk was the subject of 62 percent of tweets.

Trump’s talk about stop-and-frisk being a successful policing tactic and an exchange between Trump and Clinton over plans for defeating the Islamic State group were also top-tweeted debate moments.

This was the most-tweeted debate ever, according to the social media site, which was founded in 2006.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is praising Donald Trump’s debate performance Monday night.

The Wisconsin Republican says Trump showed energy in his 90-minute encounter with Clinton. He says that’s why “the enthusiasm is on our side.”

Ryan also says that with Americans wanting the country’s problems to be addressed, “Donald Trump offers a chance to move in a new direction.”

The relationship between the two men has been chilly all year. Ryan hesitated for weeks before embracing Trump’s candidacy. He has repeatedly criticized Trump’s comments about Muslims and other remarks.

Clinton says she feels “good” after an “amazing” debate.

The Democratic nominee told a cheering crowd: “Do you feel good tonight? Well I sure do.”

Clinton urged her backers to help turn out the vote, especially in the battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire. She is scheduled to campaign midday in North Carolina Thursday.

Trump says he did not raise former President Bill Clinton’s infidelity during his first debate against Hillary Clinton because the couple’s daughter was in the room.

Trump’s first of three marriages ended with well-publicized affairs. He said after the debate that he’s “very happy” he didn’t “mention Bill’s indiscretions.”

Trump says he chose to restrain himself “in honor of Chelsea,” the Clintons’ daughter.

He says he thinks “Chelsea’s a wonderful young lady” and he “felt very uncomfortable saying that in front of Chelsea.”

Trump is suggesting his microphone in the debate hall wasn’t working properly.

Trump visited the media spin room after the Monday night debate and said, “They gave me a defective mic!”

He said he “wonder(s), was that on purpose?”

Trump’s claim about the microphone is far from the first time he has suggested that outside forces have conspired against him. He has several times warned his supporters that he believed he could lose in November because the general election would be “rigged.”

Trump says he’ll definitely participate in the next two debates following Monday’s opening showdown with rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump tells The Associated Press following the debate that “sure” he’ll do the next ones.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller called it “silly” to think he might skip them.

Trump is also sounding confident about his performance. He says the debate went “great.”

Both candidates concluded the first presidential debate by saying they will accept the outcome if the other wins.

Clinton spoke directly to viewers and said, “It’s not about us, it’s about you.”

Trump initially dodged the same question, saying he would make a “seriously troubled” America “great again.” He added: “I’m going to be able to do it. I don’t believe Hillary Clinton will.”

But Trump finished his answer by saying that if Clinton wins, “I will absolutely support her.”


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