Clinton and Trump square off in third and final debate
NEVADA (KUSI) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in the third and final debate Wednesday night. It got heated at times, but for the most part, their disagreements were about the issues.
Many analysts considered Wednesday night’s debate Donald Trump’s chance. He’s trailing in most polls and has a disastrous couple of weeks in the controversy over his treatment of women.
This was a good debate, but not a friendly one.
As Clinton and Trump took the stage, they did not so much as step toward each other, let alone shake hands.
They went right to the podiums and they went right to work, talking about the open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"We need a Supreme Court that will stand up on behalf of women’s rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community, that will stand up and say no to Citizen’s United," Clinton said.
"The justices that I’m going to appoint will be pro-life. They will have a conservative bent. They will be protecting the Second Amendment," Trump said.
Which prompted a discussion on guns …
"Because I support the Second Amendment doesn’t mean that I want people who shouldn’t have guns to be able to threaten you, kill you or members of your family," Clinton said.
"In Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws in the United States — probably you could say by far — they have more gun violence than any other city," Trump said.
And abortion …
"This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make. And I do not believe the government should be making it," Clinton said.
"If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you could take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby," Trump said.
Things started to get heated when the conversation turned to the border wall …
"When it comes to the wall that Donald talks about building, he went to Mexico, he had a meeting with the Mexican president — he didn’t even raise it. He choked," Clinton said.
"Once the border is secure, at a later date, we will make a determination as to the rest, but we have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out," Trump said.
To national security, to the economy and entitlements. Trump interrupted Clinton, who said, "My social security payroll contribution will go up as will Donald’s assuming he can’t figure out how to get out of it, but what we want to do is…"
"Such a nasty woman," interrupted Trump.
" … Replenish the trust fund by making sure we have sufficient resources," Clinton continued.
Clinton also responded to Trump’s claim that the system is rigged.
"Every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction he claims whatever it is is rigged against him. The FBI conducted a yearlong investigation into my e-mails and they concluded there was no case, he said the FBI was rigged. He lost the Iowa caucus, he lost the Wisconsin primary, he said the Republican primary was rigged against him. Then, the Trump University was sued for fraud and racketeering, he claims the court system and a federal judge were rigged against him. There was even a time he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row, he started tweeting that the EMI’s were rigged against him," she said.
But Trump doubled down, saying he may or may not accept the election results.
"Do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely accept the result of this election.
I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now, I’ll look at it at the time," he said.
As to who won the debate, it probably depends on which candidate you support.
Clinton supporters say Trump proved to be a wild card again and Trump supporters say Clinton was too rehearsed.