Clinton, Trump Claim Debate Victory


The candidates for president were back on the campaign trail following Monday’s record-breaking presidential debate, with both candidates expressing opposite views on the outcome.

While Democrat Hillary Clinton was telling audiences they should feel more secure voting for her following the debate, her opponent GOP candidate Donald Trump also claimed victory, while at the same time complaining about Clinton’s characterizations of him and threatening to be harder the next time they meet.

A number of media outlets, basing their conclusions on surveys of voter groups, called Clinton the winner of the debate at Hofstra University (New York), the first of the three exchanges between the candidates before the November election.

Clinton told audiences on the campaign trail Wednesday that Trump had acknowledge in his own words using every means available to not pay taxes, and showed little understanding or care about the issues of discrimination that continue today.

Trump disputed those reports, and complained about the moderator, Lester Holt, and an allegedly defective microphone.

“The volume was much lower than hers and the sound was cut, they could not hear me in the room,” complained Trump during an interview on the television program “Fox and Friends,” going on to accuse Holt of not challenging Clinton on her statements but subjecting him to “hostile questions.”

Trump, who was more respectful and calmer than usual during the debate, said he had planned to be more aggressive toward Clinton, but at the last minute decided to back off.

Trump said that towards the end of the debate, when Clinton rolled off a list of insults she accused him of making against women, he could have responded by attacking her husband, former Pres. Bill Clinton’s “infidelities with other women.”

“But I decided I should not, because his daughter was there. I think I did the right thing. I did not feel comfortable doing that with Chelsea in the room,” said the Republican candidate.

While he “contained” himself to “not to hurt anyone’s feelings,” Trump warned that he “may attack Clinton harder” in the next debate, scheduled for Oct. 9.

According to media surveys prepared by the RealClearPolitics website, Clinton has a slight lead of just 2.4 percentage points, at 46.7% compared to 44.3% for Trump, a narrow lead within the margin of error.

According to media tracker Nielsen, Monday’s debate was the most-watched presidential debate in history, with 80.9 million people tuning in.

EGP staff writers contribute to this report.


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