Hofstra University Presidential Debate – Live Blog

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Welcome to Wessex Scene’s live coverage of the first debate between US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Our team of writers is working through the night to bring you all the latest development as they break. We’ll also be fact checking the candidates to see how truthful the claims are.

You can also get updates on Twitter @WSPolitics.

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avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20161:10 am

Donald Trump has just arrived and has entered the building, still no sign of Hillary Clinton.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20161:35 am

Tonight is the first night we see Clinton against Trump head on. It has been a long time coming and I cannot wait for it to start. We will be fact checking both sides as well as updating you all on what is happening as it happens with some nuance thrown into the mix! In the mean time check out other articles on the site covering the election for the last 12 months such as A Look Across the Pond series

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20161:35 am

Worth noting Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson (who is third most popular but didn’t reach the 15% polling required to be included in the debate) is running his own Facebook live stream with Reason magazine tonight in an attempt to make his voice heard.

avatar James Barker September 27, 20161:37 am

Hillary Clinton arrives at Hofstra.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20161:39 am

Nearly time folks, Clinton has arrived and will be joining Trump on stage in about 20 minutes

avatar James Barker September 27, 20161:39 am

Clinton is accompanied by husband and former President Bill Clinton, whose appearance at the debate was unsure until this evening.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20161:57 am

Audience being briefed on the ground rules: “no clapping, no cheering, no booing”

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20161:58 am

2 minutes to go… grab your popcorn and watch the most anticipated presidential debate for many, many years…

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20161:59 am

Moderator Lester Holt has taken to the stage

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:04 am

And. Here. We. Go.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:06 am

First section focussing on Economics and Employment

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:07 am

First topic: Why are you the best choice for creating more jobs? Hillary is first to answer, says we need “good jobs with rising incomes”

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:07 am

Clinton wants to build an economy that works for everyone not just the top. “I want to invest in you, in your future” Small business, clean energy, raising the national wage, equal pay etc

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:08 am

Clinton appealing to the forgotten Middle Lower class in America wanting to help with paid leave and sick days as well as increase tax on the wealthy

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:08 am

Clinton: the wealthy will pay their fair share and I will close corporate loopholes

avatar James Barker September 27, 20162:09 am

At various points during her campaign, Hillary Clinton has been criticised for the incorrect comment that “Americans haven’t had a raise in 15 years” – when the latest numbers from the US Bureau of Labour Statistics show that they have gone up 9% since 2001. Can Mrs Clinton stick to the facts tonight?

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:09 am

Trump starts off speaking about China and Mexico taking American Jobs and expanding their piggy banks

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:10 am

We compare paid maternity leave plans offered by Trump and Clinton. debatenight https://t.co/jPCHYyGXLw pic.twitter.com/pZkJ8I8Tux

— FactCheck.org (@factcheckdotorg) 27 September 2016

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:11 am

“have to stop our jobs from being stolen, our companies from leaving the country and firing their employees” and as per the campaign lots of Mexico and China references as well as Reagan comparisons

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:12 am

Clinton condemns Trump’s growth plans as “trumped up”.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:13 am

Trump “my father gave me a very small loan”

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:15 am

Trumps key point is that the tax in Mexico works against America and its economy saying “Why hasn’t Clinton done more before now?”

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:16 am

Regarding Trump’s statement on Ford: although some manufacturing is moving to Mexico the Detroit pkant will now make more profitable larger vehicles with no job cuts.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:16 am

Trump has so far focussed on Mexico’s impact on US Economics, Clinton focussed on the impact on the Middle class

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:17 am

Trump admits to wanting the market to crash so he can buy up land for cheaper, he interjects with “that’s just business”

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:18 am

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump’s “very small loan” from his father was at least $1 million.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:19 am

Trump says green energy policies are too expensive for America’s current situation

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:20 am

Clinton has only been in office 16 years, not 30 as Trump says.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:21 am

Trump says “he can bring back jobs” earlier saying he couldn’t bring back jobs just not let them leave

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:22 am

and now it starts getting fiery on the policies of Bill Clinton

avatar James Barker September 27, 20162:23 am

It’s notable that the Democrat on stage, Hillary Clinton, is the one defending free trade.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:24 am

Worth noting Trump refused the claim he denied climate change on stage.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:24 am

Trump claiming Clinton has no plan for the economy

avatar James Barker September 27, 20162:24 am

Hillary Clinton did once, a long time ago, call the TPP “gold standard” as Trump claims – but is changing your mind suddenly not allowed?

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:25 am

Trump: “My tax cut is the biggest since Ronald Reagan”.

An NYU study suggests middle class families would end up paying more.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:25 am

Trump claims his policies would create “a tremendous number of jobs”

avatar James Barker September 27, 20162:25 am

Not sure about using Hillary Clinton’s own website as a Fact Checker – no bias there!

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:25 am

All this talk of tax but all I can think is Donald, where is your tax returns…?

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:26 am

Hillary plugs her real-time Trump fact checker. Would you trust it?

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:26 am

Clinton again reassures her plan to raise tax on the wealthy, appealing to Bernie fans?

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:26 am

Trump accuses Hillary of “fighting ISIS” her entire adult life. Big claim.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:27 am

Clinton has been fighting ISIS her entire life according to Trump…

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:27 am

Trump calling for tax cuts on the wealthy “apparently the wealthy would create jobs” or expand his pockets after 8 years..?

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:28 am

ISIS has only existed for four years…

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:29 am

Clinton “I feel like by the end of this evening I will be blamed for everything” Trump “Why not?”

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:30 am

An analysis by FiveThirtyEight suggests Trump is $1.8 trillion short of being able to pay for his tax cuts.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:31 am

Trump describing himself or a typical politician? hard to tell

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:32 am

Lester Holt pressuring Trump on his refusal to release his tax return. All the more relevant in light of today’s accusations about the Trump Foundation.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:33 am

Trump claiming he would release them but he is under audit. IRS has told Trump that does not stop him from releasing them…

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:35 am

Holt fact checks Trump: being audited by the IRS does not prevent him from releasing his tax returns. Trump suggests he will release tax returns if Clinton releases emails from her private server.

avatar James Barker September 27, 20162:35 am

The Clinton email scandal Trump refers to is Hillary’s “Achilles Heel” if you like –

“At the State Department’s request, Clinton turned over 30,490 work-related emails totaling roughly 55,000 pages, and deleted 31,830 emails she deemed personal. Clinton’s defense of her unusual email arrangements resulted in numerous false and misleading claims.”
avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:37 am

Trump defends not paying tax “that makes me smart”

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:37 am

IRS chief executive says it is ‘incredibly rare’ for someone to be audited multiple years in a row by the IRS as Trump claims he has been if there are no issues after an audit.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:38 am

Clinton “I made a mistake using a private email server… I take responsibility for that” Let us remember that Gov. Christie, Sarah Palin and current Secretary of State John Kerry all use their own private email

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:39 am

‘Bragadocious’ – pretty sure Trump just create his own word.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:40 am

Trump claims US money has been ‘squandered’ on Clinton’s own ideas

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:40 am

Trump highlights the factual infrastructure problems and that money has been wasted. Clinton highlight he hasn’t contributed any federal tax to help anyways

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:42 am

Clinton highlights the workers who Trump refused to pay for their work after completion. Lower class workers are his main demographic but Trump defends this decision claiming “Maybe they did a bad job”

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:42 am

Doubts on Trump’s $800bn trade deficit claim.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:43 am

“We used certain laws that are there”. Is this Trump admitting to tax avoidance!?

avatar James Barker September 27, 20162:44 am

We don’t care about ‘Trump International’. Your priority, Mr Trump, as a Presidential nominee, should be your country.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:45 am

next up, Race Relations… oh boy

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:45 am

Clinton acknowledges “race remains a significant challenge”. All the more poignant in light of recent events in Tulsa and Charlotte.

avatar Harry Placsom September 27, 20162:45 am

A lot of talk about America’s infrastructure tonight. Worth noting that the American Society of Civil Engineers gives America’s infrastructure a grade D+. More at http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:47 am

Clinton talking about the ‘Gun Epidemic’. Trumps response should be interesting

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:47 am

Trump says America needs “law and order” – words he accuses Hillary Clinton of being afraid of using.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:49 am

“Law and Order” being repeated as a way of stop violence. Stop and Frisk included

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:50 am

Holt says Stop and Frisk has been ruled unconstitutional. Trump replies: “you’re wrong”.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:50 am

“Judge was very against police judge” for saying Stop and Frisk was a form of racial profiling

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:50 am

Trump was indeed endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:51 am

Stop and Frisk has been proven ineffective by some studies.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:51 am

Trump talks about African Americans killing Police but not the other way round

avatar Harry Placsom September 27, 20162:52 am

An interesting article concerning the ineffective practice of ‘Stop & Frisk’ in New York https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/14/stop-and-frisk-new-york-conviction-rate

avatar James Barker September 27, 20162:53 am

It’s a regrettable truth that 3,000 shootings took place in Chicago this year alone.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:54 am

Clinton calling for “common sense gun laws” focusing on military style weapons on the streets and claiming in some cases “Police outgunned”

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:55 am

Clinton mentions she wants to end private prisons – interesting article here on how private prison companies are treated by the US government, including being sued for not filling cells.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:56 am

Trump describes the NRA are “very good people” who protect the 2nd amendment.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20162:57 am

Trump claiming Stop and Frisk worked in NYC. Previous post on here has already fact checked that

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20162:59 am
avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:02 am

Trump says he admitted Obama was a US born citizen because he “wants to get on” with defeating ISIS.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:02 am

Trump defending his Birther movement saying “he did a good job”

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:04 am

Clinton said that Trump was sued by the justice department for not wanting to rent his apartments to African Americans

avatar James Barker September 27, 20163:05 am

Clinton’s claims that Donald Trump was sued in the ’70s for not renting to the African American community are true: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/us/politics/donald-trump-housing-race.html?_r=0

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:05 am

Trump accuses Clinton of treating Barak Obama with “terrible disrespect” during debates with him.

avatar James Barker September 27, 20163:05 am

Blatant lie there from Trump, who regularly creates propaganda with the intention of running down Hillary Clinton.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:07 am

Next segment is “securing America” – now discussing cyber attacks

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:07 am

Cyber Warfare up next

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:08 am

True that Trump’s racial discrimination suit was indeed settled without admission of guilt.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:09 am

Trump says “wrong” to Clintons statement that Trump has been praising Putin

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:10 am

Trump speaking about the Admirals and Generals who have endorsed him as well as border control agents

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:11 am

Trump alleged that an ex-Clinton campaign chief confirmed the Clinton campaign spread Birther rumours during the 2008 election. Clinton’s ’08 campaign chief denies those allegations. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-the-governments-racial-bias-case-against-donald-trumps-company-and-how-he-fought-it/2016/01/23/fb90163e-bfbe-11e5-bcda-62a36b394160_story.html

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:14 am

Bloomberg disputes Trump’s claim the Federal Reserve is politically biased.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:15 am

Trump mentions US shouldn’t have been in Iraq but was in favour of the invasion and in favour of taking all their oil

avatar James Barker September 27, 20163:15 am

Clinton’s efforts to disrupt ISIS’ propaganda online can be seen in more detail here: https://www.wired.com/2016/08/rukmini-callimachi-new-york-times-isis/

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:16 am
avatar James Barker September 27, 20163:16 am

There is strong evidence that Donald Trump DID support the war in Iraq: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/09/23/trump-versus-clinton-a-debate-fact-check-cheat-sheet/

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:17 am

Clinton’s ambition to “vacuum up” intelligence will undoubtedly unnerve some after the Snowden revelations

avatar Harry Placsom September 27, 20163:18 am

Clinton correct that Bush signed the agreement to leave Iraq by 2012 http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/122074.pdf

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:18 am

Trump confusing hindsight with his own views at the time?

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:19 am

Trump’s stance on immigration could be more logical than first thought.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:19 am

NATO a form of American protection? or an alliance of many nations

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:21 am

Trump supported the withdrawal of all US troops at the time

avatar James Barker September 27, 20163:21 am

Frustrating tit-for-tat from Trump, taking away from the big issues – is Hillary even still there?

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:22 am

Trump’s early calm manner has gone. Back to the abrasive yelling Trump of the primaries. How long since Clinton has spoken?

avatar James Barker September 27, 20163:23 am

You don’t have to be an expert to fact check THAT statement on temperament from Trump…

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:23 am

Trump now discussing his “winning temperament”, which he says is his strongest asset.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:23 am

Trump claims he has the better of temperament of the candidates. Chuckles from Clinton and the crowd

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:25 am

Clinton talking a lot about Diplomacy. Claiming Trump can only use hard power not capable of Smart or Soft power

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:26 am

Trump says that blowing iranian boats out the water “Would not start a war”

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:26 am

Interesting info from Twitter: 60% of conversation in the first half of the debate was about Trump.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:27 am

Hillary Clinton failed all over the world.
❌LIBYA
❌SYRIA
❌IRAN
❌IRAQ
❌ASIA PIVOT
❌RUSSIAN RESET
❌BENGHAZIdebatenight pic.twitter.com/e70AtE6lNR

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 27 September 2016

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:29 am

Trump AGAINST First Strike nuclear policy

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:29 am

Trump claims China and Iran “totally powerful” in relation to North Korea.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:30 am

Interesting open letter to Trump on his “cavalier” approach to nuclear weapons.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:32 am

Bloomberg says Trump has a history of questioning climate change. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/57e9d85917d00020“>http://www.bloomberg.com/57e9d85917d00020

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:33 am

Sending money to Iran is much more complicated than Trump claims.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:34 am

Trump says Clinton “doesn’t have the stamina” to be president.

avatar James Barker September 27, 20163:35 am

Holt asked Trump what he meant when he said Clinton didn’t have a “presidential look” – then got angry about not letting him answer the question when he started talking about “stamina”

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:35 am

Clinton’s 20 years in politics not stamina enough?

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:36 am

.@realDonaldTrump calling out @HillaryClinton‘s support for NAFTA = most searched moment during tonight’s debate. debates2016 pic.twitter.com/ooclo3Nozb

— Official Team Trump (@TeamTrump) 27 September 2016

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:36 am

Clinton reminding the crowd of Trumps sexist comments. “I have never said that” – Trump

avatar James Barker September 27, 20163:37 am

Trump did indeed call pregnancy an “inconvenience” back in 2004 – http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-2004-pregnancy-inconvenience-employers-n580366

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:37 am

Trump claims he was going to “say something rough” to Clinton and family, yet thought better of it.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:37 am

Trump praising himself for not insulting Clinton and his family. Praise for taking the high road?

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:38 am

When asked whether he will accept the will of the voters, all Trump says is he wants to “make America great again”.

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:39 am

Later adds he will “absolutely support” a Clinton win.

avatar Tom Brown September 27, 20163:40 am

And that is the end of the first debate! Join us again on October 9th for the next debate

avatar Cameron Ridgway September 27, 20163:40 am

Shouts of “Go Donald, we love you” as both candidates leave.

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