Debate Turns Ugly and Trump Out on Top

Trump went after Clinton aggressively, hitting her for the emails, Benghazi, Bill’s past, the Iran deal and more (Fox News). USA Today called it “the most bizarre presidential debate of the television age” (USA Today).  From another story:  In the heat of the presidential debate Sunday, Hillary Clinton denied being secretary of state when President Obama said in 2012 that Syria President Bashar Assad would “cross a red line” by using chemical weapons on civilians in the country’s years-long civil war. “I was gone,” Clinton said. “At some point, we need to do some fact-checking here.” However, Clinton, in fact, ran the State Department for Obama from 2009 until 2013, during which time Assad continued to use chemical weapons (Fox News).  Among the more controversial moments, Trump said if he’s president, he will instruct the Attorney General to open a special investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal email server (Daily Caller). Hillary “sidestepped” a question on her email exposing her belief that politicians should have “both a public and a private position” (ABC News).  From Clinton’s foreign policy spokesman Jesse Lehrich:  “Hey, @realDonaldTrump — regarding your claim that Captain Khan would be alive if you were president: go f— yourself. #debate.” He later apologized (Fox News).  The moderators at times debated Trump (Fox News).  Audio clips:  (SONNetwork).  From Frank Luntz on voter preference in his group:  BEFORE ‪#DEBATE • Hillary: 8 • Trump: 9 AFTER DEBATE • Hillary: 4 • Trump: 18 (Twitter).  The CNN crew gave the win to Hillary (CNN).  Interesting moments and numbers (USA Today).  Before the debate, Trump had a news conference with four Bill Clinton accusers (CNN).