The following is an excerpt from Rick Klein | September 26, 2016 | abcnews.go.com |
Hillary Clinton used the first presidential debate to launch a full frontal attack on Donald Trump, baiting him into fights over his personal finances, taxes, sexism, race relations, business dealings and personal honesty.
If Clinton came looking for a fight, she found it. Her aggressive tone drew Trump in.
He attacked Clinton right back, showing flashes of anger that channeled public frustration, and also the coarser side of his public persona.
It made for some lively exchanges, including several that brought an edge to Trump’s tone.
“She doesn’t have the look,” Trump said toward the end of the debate. “She doesn’t have the stamina.”
Trump appeared rattled at times, particularly as the debate wore on. Yet his main attacks on Clinton were rooted in policy grounds, as he sought to give voice to public anger not just at Clinton but at the broader political class.
“You’ve been doing this for 30 years; why are you just thinking about these solutions now?” Trump said in talking about ways to create jobs.
“I have thought about this quite a bit,” Clinton countered.
“Yeah, for 30 years,” Trump responded.
Trump stretched facts and attacked Clinton’s temperament. He also, for the most part, kept his cool.
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