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Xinhua/Qin Lang via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When Donald Trump was asked by debate moderator Lester Holt Monday night how he would prevent cyberattacks against the United States, the Republican nominee had an opportunity to hammer Hillary Clinton on her use of a private email server and her handling of classified information as secretary of state.

Instead, Trump suggested that a 400-pound hacker could have targeted the Democratic National Committee, accused Democratic officials of mistreating Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and praised his 10-year-old son’s “unbelievable” knack for computers.

The exchange was one of several missed opportunities for Trump in Monday’s presidential debate, according to congressional Republicans who tuned in to the much-anticipated matchup.

“I wish Trump would’ve hit some of the softballs a little harder,” said Rep. Dave Brat (R-Virginia) who watched the debate with colleagues.

Republicans expressed frustration that Holt did not ask any questions about the Clinton Foundation or the Benghazi attacks while challenging Trump on his record on the Iraq War and real estate career.

But lawmakers said the New York businessman should have taken every opportunity to bring up those issues, which have dogged Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“She might as well have emailed the Russians her email address!” Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Florida) exclaimed Tuesday about Clinton’s use of a private email server.

A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that just 36 percent of voters see Clinton as honest and trustworthy, compared with 45 percent for Trump.

Trump, who has never run for public office, held limited debate practice and did not take part in any mock debates, according to campaign advisers, while Clinton was still preparing as late as Monday afternoon.

Some top Republicans praised Trump for effectively making his case to American voters.

“I saw Hillary Clinton give a polished, well-rehearsed defense of the status quo,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) told reporters Tuesday. “I saw Donald Trump give a spirited voice to those of us who don’t like the status quo.”

Trump, Ryan continued, showed “for 90 minutes he could go toe to toe with Hillary Clinton.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said the debate “was very interesting.”

While many Republicans gathered to watch the debate in Washington, it wasn’t required viewing for everyone.

“I was on an airplane,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) told reporters.

Rep. John Katko (R-New York), who is in a tough re-election race in upstate New York, also declined to answer questions about the debate Tuesday.

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Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to the Sunday's ABC News/Washington Post poll, 17 percent of registered voters were planning on watching last night's presidential debate with an open mind, saying Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump's performances might change their minds about how they would vote.

Three young, undecided voters in three swing states spoke with ABC News about their first impressions the morning after that debate.

Lacey Dickinson, a 28-year-old non-profit staffer in Philadelphia, Pa. is torn between casting her ballot for Clinton or Green Party candidate, Jill Stein.

Carolyn Garavente, 24, a project manager from Greensboro, NC, has always identified as Republican but says she doesn't believe Trump represents her interests.

And Peter Macone, a 32-year-old restaurant manager from Manchester, NH says he hasn't been convinced to shift his support from Sen. Bernie Sanders to Clinton, and is weighing writing in the former Democratic candidate on principle.

With just six weeks to go until Election Day, what will these undecided voters ultimately decide?

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PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off for the first time in Monday night's debate, clashing over policies and attacking each other on the issues.

The numbers behind the debate highlight each candidate's unique communication style and the dynamics of the debate's back-and-forth.

Here are some fun facts from last night's debate:

Trump spoke roughly three minutes longer than Clinton did. He interrupted her 39 times, whereas Clinton interrupted him just 9 times. While Clinton interrupted Trump roughly once every 10 minutes, Trump interrupted Clinton once every two minutes and 27 seconds.

And a few more stats on last night's debate via an @ABC analysis: pic.twitter.com/TT3MGShYyA

— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) September 27, 2016

Clinton spent more than half of her speaking time having already been interrupted by Trump earlier in the answer. She talked for 21 minutes, 33 seconds after an interruption vs. 20 minutes, 17 seconds before she was interrupted or in answers without an interruption at all. Trump, on the other hand, spoke more than 40 minutes -- 90 percent of his speaking time -- without being interrupted.

In one less than 10-minute span, Trump interrupted Clinton 18 times. During that time, over the course of a less than two-minute answer from Clinton, Trump interrupted her 9 times -- once every 12 seconds.

Here's an amazing stat: Clinton spent over half her speaking time last night having already been interrupted by Trump earlier in the answer.

— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) September 27, 2016

Trump spoke significantly faster than Clinton as well. He spoke an average of 188 words per minute vs. Clinton's 146 words per minute. He also spoke roughly one grade level lower than Clinton, according to a Flesch-Kincaid readability analysis.

So I ran the big Trump-Clinton debate thru Microsoft Word and got these stats out: pic.twitter.com/zZxAsD1znv

— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) September 27, 2016

Clinton's sentences were also slightly longer. She averaged 16 words per sentence vs. 14 words per sentence for Trump.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama painted Donald Trump as unprepared and temperamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief after the first presidential debate.

"Anybody who was watching the debate, I think got a sense that you got really sharply-contrasting visions about where we should take the country. And I’m admittedly biased. I have worked with Hillary. I know her. She is well-prepared. She’s got the right temperament for the job," Obama said in an interview with On Air With Ryan Seacrest.

He contrasted that with what what he believes Trump has demonstrated.

"The other guy doesn’t have President Obama painted Donald Trump as unprepared and temperamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief after the first presidential debate.

Obama described why he thinks this election is particularly important and why voters need to turn out.

"Every election is a big election. This one’s especially big just because there’s such big differences between the two candidates, and people need to register to vote," he said. "There's only one candidate in this race -- Hillary Clinton -- who's actually qualified to do the job and make good decisions for us."

The president expressed concern over Trump's stance on two issues he thinks will be pivotal to his daughters' generation --- nuclear non-proliferation and climate change.

"I get worried when I hear somebody like Donald Trump start saying, 'Well, I don't necessarily know whether Japan or North Korea should be protected by us, maybe they should get their own nuclear weapon.' That shows somebody who doesn't pay attention to these issues and you don't necessarily want close to the nuclear button," he said.

The president added, "When you hear somebody like Trump say he thinks this is a plot of the Chinese, it's a fraud and a hoax when 99 percent of scientists are saying, 'No we've got to do something about this. That worries me.'"

Asked what he thinks when his name is mentioned in a debate, Obama said, "If I got heated about stuff that was said about me at this point, I would be even more in the grey than I already am. I've developed a pretty thick skin."

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) -- Hillary Clinton came out swinging against Donald Trump Tuesday after the first presidential debate of the general-election season, criticizing his post-performance gripes, questioning his wealth and suggesting a "strong probability" the GOP nominee has not paid federal income taxes in years.

“He actually bragged about gaming the system to get out of paying his fair share of taxes,” Clinton said while campaigning in North Carolina Tuesday, referring to an exchange from Monday night’s debate. “In fact, I think there's a strong probability he hasn't paid federal taxes a lot of years.”

She added, “When I confronted him with the reasons why he won't release his tax returns and I got to that point where I said, ‘Well, maybe he's paid zero,’ he said that makes him smart. Now, if not paying taxes makes him smart, what does that make all the rest of us?”

Clinton, who took several days off the campaign trail to prepare for the candidates' first face-off together, also said her opponent was ill-prepared.

"He made it very clear that he didn't prepare for that debate," she told the crowd of roughly 1,400. "At one point he was kind of digging me for spending time off the campaign trail to get prepared. But just trying to keep track of everything he says took a lot of time and effort."

Trump called in to Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, at one point saying he thought he had microphone issues during Monday night’s debate. But he later said it must have been working well enough to pick up his breathing when it sounded like he was sniffling.

Clinton reacted Tuesday morning aboard her campaign plane, saying, “Anyone who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.”

Asked by reporters whether she thinks Trump will skip the remaining two debates next month -- as he and some of his surrogates have suggested -- she said she’ll be there, no matter what.

“Well, I’m going to show up. He gets to decide what he’s going to do,” Clinton said. “But I will be there in St. Louis and then after that in Las Vegas.”

She added, “If I’m the only person onstage, well, you know, I’m the only person onstage.”

At her campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina Tuesday Clinton also took a veiled swipe at Trump’s wealth.

“One of my guests was Mark Cuban,” Clinton said, referring to businessman as “a real billionaire.”

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TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the big questions Monday night was how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would try to goad their opponent into losing his or her cool during their first face-off.

Trump was known for going off on his foes during the primary debates, so the expectations were that Monday night would be no different. And there were several instances where he seemed to come close.

Aaron Kall, the director of debate at the University of Michigan, said he thought Clinton’s attack on his tax returns "was the most effective way in which she" got under his skin.

Clinton suggested a few reasons Trump might be refusing to release his returns, and he couldn't stop himself from complimenting his implied efforts to pay no federal income taxes.

"He's very protective of his image and of his bravado and so when you attack someone on his perceived strengths -- his business acumen -- then he's going to get very defensive when that's on the table," Kall told ABC News.

Kall also pointed to Clinton's invoking Michelle Obama's convention speech as another subtle jab, because the first lady is not only a popular figure on both sides of the aisle but also because of the controversy that surrounded the Melania Trump convention speech that echoed one of the first lady’s earlier speeches.

Kall called the reference "politically smart and it also could potentially aid in getting under his skin."

James Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo who has written a book about political polarization, said it was clear that he was bothered by some of the topics that came up.

"I'm not sure whether Trump went off the rails because of Clinton, the moderator, or just his personality. The contrast to me of how the candidates dealt with personally related problems was stark," Campbell told ABC News.

"Clinton dismissed the most serious charges regarding her private email servers being a possible breach of national security by simply apologizing for it. One 'Oops' and then the issue is gone -- at least for this debate. Smart move if you can get away with it, which she did," he said.

“Trump, on the other hand, is so aggressive and unapologetic that he relitigates issues -- birtherism, Iraq War opposition -- that he has no possibility of winning on. As a result, he is on the defensive longer and highlights his problems.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to override President Obama's veto, for the first time, on a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

So how exactly does a veto override work?

The rules are described in Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution. When the president rejects a bill, he is required to return it, along with his objections, to the chamber in which the bill originated. Then, the members of that chamber "shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it."

In other words, the president sends vetoed Senate bills back to the Senate to reconsider first and vetoed House bills back to the House to reconsider first. In this case, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, began in the Senate, so the Senate votes first.

Both the House and the Senate require a two-thirds majority to successfully override a president's veto. Both chambers also require the "yeas and nays" to be counted. In the House, the members vote using the electronic voting system and in the Senate they take a roll call vote, in which each senator’s name is called by the clerk.

Though the Senate received Obama’s veto message on Friday, they’re not voting on it until Wednesday. This is common, according to the Congressional Research Service, because it gives senators time to work out the terms under which they will reconsider the vetoed bill, including the amount of debate time on the Senate floor.

Then, when the vetoed bill comes up for a vote, the presiding officer of that chamber states, "Shall the bill pass, the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding?"

While some Senate Democrats and Republicans have concerns that the JASTA bill would open the United States up to similar legal retaliation from other foreign nations and tarnish its relationship with Saudi Arabia, a key Middle East ally, the veto override is expected to easily garner the two-thirds votes needed to pass.

Assuming it clears the Senate, the JASTA veto override will then head to the House, where the same voting process will ensue.

If the veto override is successful in the House and the Senate, the bill will become law because two-thirds of both chambers have agreed to pass the bill despite the president's objection.

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Mark Makela/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- During a campaign stop in Philadelphia, Vice President Joe Biden slammed Donald Trump’s debate performance Monday night -- specifically taking umbrage with the GOP nominee's comments on the housing crisis.

"This is a guy who said -- and wants to be president -- that it was good business for him to see the housing market fail. What in the hell is he talking about?" Biden said during a rally at Drexel University. "Every president I have served with, including Republicans, has had a moral center about what it was to be an American, about what we’re supposed to do, about what basic fundamental rights are."

Biden asked the crowd if they could imagine Ronald Reagan, "saying it's good business to take advantage of people’s misery, rooting for that misery?"

"He does not have the basic fundamental sensibilities and values that almost every American politician left, right and center I know have," Biden said. "They disagree on how to make things better for you, but they don’t take pleasure from 'You’re fired.' They don’t take pleasure knowing that they will benefit."

During the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said Trump was rooting for a collapse in the housing market, to which the real-estate mogul responded, "That's called business, by the way."

"When you’re sitting atop Trump Tower, in a semi-golden palace, not a joke, what do you care about the people that I grew up with?" Biden said of Trump.

The vice president also criticized Trump's suggestion that not paying taxes "makes me smart."

"He acknowledged that he didn’t pay taxes because, he said, he’s smart. Makes him smart," Biden said. "Tell that to the janitor in here who’s paying taxes. Tell that to your mothers and fathers who are breaking their neck to send you here who are paying their taxes. No I really mean it. It angers me.”

He added that the views Trump expressed in the debate demonstrate his outlook on the country.

"If this choice isn’t clear, I don’t know -- my lord," Biden said about the debate. "What bothers me about this race is how palpable his cynicism is about the American people."

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) -- Donald Trump and his team are slamming presidential debate moderator Lester Holt for not asking Hillary Clinton questions Monday night about her email controversy and potential conflicts of interest with the Clinton Foundation, among other things.

“He didn't ask her about the emails at all,” Trump told Fox and Friends Tuesday morning. “He didn't ask her about her scandals. He didn't ask her about the Benghazi [Libya] deal that she destroyed. He didn't ask her about a lot of things that she should have been asked about. There's no question about it.”

Trump also said the NBC anchor leaned “more than a little” to the liberal column.

“Lester should have brought up the emails,” Trump said when asked why he thought Holt didn’t stress the private server controversy. “That should have been a question.”

Trump gave Holt a “C” or “C-plus” when asked to grade his performance.

“I thought he was OK,” Trump said. “I thought he was fine. Nothing outstanding. I thought he gave me very unfair questions at the end, the last three, four questions. But I'm not complaining about that. I thought he was OK.”

Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence also criticized Holt’s questioning during the debate.

“I was disappointed that Lester did not get into some of the issues that have been so much in the forefront of Hillary Clinton's candidacy,” Pence said on ABC News’ Good Morning America Tuesday morning.

“The FBI investigation, Clinton Foundation, pay to play, the whole disastrous events that took place in Benghazi and Libya. That never came up,” he added.

But top Clinton aide John Podesta said the Trump camp should stop criticizing the questions.

“Look, we have a kind of rule in our campaign: When you are complaining about the moderator, you are losing,” he said on Fox Tuesday morning.

“I think that the Trump side shouldn't do it either …,” he added. “I think on, balance, it was fair.”

But top Trump aide Rudy Giuliani also hit Holt Tuesday morning for saying Monday night that “stop and frisk” was unconstitutional.

“I watched Lester Holt do Candy Crowley at least twice,” the former New York City mayor said, referring to a controversial 2012 fact check of Mitt Romney by the CNN anchor.

“The moderator didn't do his homework and the moderator is wrong about [stop and frisk],” he said Tuesday on Fox and Friends. "A hundred million people last night were misled by Lester Holt."

In fact, a federal judge ruled “stop and frisk” unconstitutional in 2013 and the city later dropped its appeal of the order.

But Giuliani said Monday night that if he were Trump, he would consider skipping the next two debates because of what he called unfair moderating.

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(NEW YORK) — It was no ordinary fight night.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump squared off for the first time at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, emerging from their respective corners to meet halfway -- at center stage -- to shake hands before kicking off one of the most talked-about presidential debates in modern American history.

The bombastic businessman hit the former secretary of state on her email scandal, what he said was her contribution to the rise of ISIS, and questioned her stamina. Clinton did not pull any punches either, saying her opponent has a long history of "racist behavior," lives in "his own reality," and says "crazy things."

In case you missed it, here are the highlights of the first presidential debate, in a minute.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tangled in an intense series of exchanges Monday night during the first presidential debate of 2016. The candidates made charges about each others' records while defending their own careers and policy proposals.

But were they always telling the truth? How often did Trump and Clinton spin facts to fit their arguments?

ABC News fact-checked some of the most noteworthy claims made in the debate:


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Fact-check #1: Trump claims he did not say global warming is hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

Clinton: "Because we will be making investments where we can grow the economy. Take clean energy. Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax, perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it's real.”

Trump: "I did not. I did not. I do not say that. I do not say that."

Grade: False


Explanation: Trump tweeted in November 2012 that the "concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese." This tweet resurfaced again in January 2016, when former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders pointed it out on NBC's "Meet the Press." The next day, Trump addressed the comment on "Fox & Friends," saying his tweet was basically a joke: "I often joke that this is done for the benefit of the Chinese. Obviously, I joke. But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change." Trump has, on other occasions between 2012 and 2015, called global warming a hoax, though he has not attributed it to the Chinese.


Fact-check #2: Clinton has been fighting ISIS her "entire adult life."


Trump: "See you are telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you have been, no wonder you have been fighting ISIS your entire adult life."

Grade: False


Explanation: ISIS has its origins in Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Sunni insurgency group founded in 2004 after the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. In 2013, the group re-branded itself as Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and shifted operations to include Syria where the civil war enabled its growth and resurgence. This occurred after Clinton had finished serving as Secretary of State. Clinton is 68 years old and turned 18 in 1965, almost 51 years ago.


Fact-check #3: Trump started his business with $14 million borrowed from his father.


Clinton: "Donald was very fortunate in his life and that's all to his benefit. He started his business with $14 million, borrowed from his father, and he really believes that the more you help wealthy people, the better off we'll be and that everything will work out from there. I don't buy that. I have a different experience. My father was a small business man. He worked really hard."

Grade: Yes and No


Explanation: Trump claims that his business grew out of a $1 million loan from his father in 1975. But a casino license disclosure from 1985 shows that in the late 1970s and early 1980s Trump took $14 million in loans from his father and his father’s properties, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Fact-check #4: Trump said that Clinton called [the Trans Pacific Partnership] the "gold standard" of trade deals.

Trump: "You called it the gold standard. You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said it’s the finest deal you have ever seen and then you heard what I said about it and all of a sudden you were against it."

Grade: Yes and no.


Explanation: Clinton said TPP “sets the gold standard,” and has used many other glowing terms to describe the agreement, but she did not say it was the "finest deal" she’s ever seen. While Clinton served as secretary of state, she promoted the TPP well after negotiations began in 2010, saying in 2012 in Australia that it “sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field.” She also used many other complimentary words, including "exciting," "innovative," "ambitious," "groundbreaking," "cutting-edge," "high-quality," and "high-standard,” according to a compilation by the fact-checking site Politifact – but there are no records of her saying it was “the greatest deal she’d ever seen.” Further, Clinton began to moderate her position on TPP as she began preparing her second presidential bid, culminating with a full renunciation of it during a 2015 PBS interview in which she said, “As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it.” It is worth noting, however, that she was not serving as secretary of state when the deal was finalized. Clinton countered Trump in Monday’s debate by trying to clarify that she said she had “hoped” TPP would set a gold standard for trade. Clinton countered Trump in Monday’s debate by trying to clarify that she said she had “hoped” TPP would set a gold standard for trade. But it is clear from her 2012 remarks that, at least one time in public, she declared that it “set” the gold standard, with no qualifiers.

Fact-check #5: Trump says he has not suggested that he would negotiate down the national debt.


Clinton: "And when we talk about your business, you've taken business bankruptcy six times. There are a lot of great business people that have never taken bankruptcy once. You call yourself the king of debt, you talk about leverage, you even at one time suggested that you would try to negotiate down the --

Trump: "Wrong, wrong."

"National debt of the United States. Well, sometimes there's not a direct transfer of skills from business to government, but sometimes what happened in business would be really bad for government."

Grade: Yes and No


Explanation: Trump suggested he will renegotiate the national debt in an interview with CNBC on May 5, 2016, but then said in the Wall Street Journal on May 10, 2016 that he would buy back U.S. debt at a discount. "I’m only saying you can buy back…I’m saying if interest rates go up, you can buy debt at a discount on the market — just on the market. You just buy back debt on — at a discount," he told the Journal.


Fact-check #6: "Hillary Clinton also fought it" -- whether President Obama was a natural-born citizen, a key tenet of the "birther" movement.


Trump: "Well nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it. I figured you'd ask the question tonight, of course. But nobody was caring much about it. But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job. Secretary Clinton also fought it, I mean, you know -- now, everybody in mainstream is going to say, oh that's not true. Look, it's true."

Grade: False


Explanation: A Politico report has linked Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters to the circulation of an e-mail suggesting Obama was born in Kenya during the 2007-'08 campaign. But no evidence has ever been found connecting this claim with Clinton herself or her campaign. Since 2008, no fact checker or journalist has ever uncovered any evidence linking Hillary Clinton and her campaign to the start of the birther movement. An ABC News analysis found Trump tweeted 67 times about the birther movement, including after Obama released his birth certificate.


Fact-check #7: Trump on the Iraq war.


Trump: "I did not support the war in Iraq...I was against the war in Iraq."

Grade: False


Explanation: Trump expressed support for the invasion of Iraq before expressing some reservations.

Asked by Howard Stern on Sept. 11, 2002 if he was “for invading Iraq,” Trump at the time answered, “Yeah, I guess so.”

But by Jan. 28, 2003, Trump expressed some concern about the possibility of an invasion, telling Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto that President George W. Bush “has either got to do something or not do something, perhaps, because perhaps shouldn’t be doing it yet and perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations, you know.” Then, on March 21, 2003, soon after the invasion of Iraq got underway, Trump told Cavuto that the war “looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint.” While Trump now portrays himself as having been an outspoken opponent of the invasion, his public statements in the lead-up to the invasion tell a different story.


Fact-check #8: Clinton says Trump advocated for the actions the U.S. took in Libya.


Clinton: "He actually advocated for the actions we took in Libya. And urged that Gaddafi be taken out after actually doing some business with him one time."

Grade: Mostly True


Explanation: In a video posted on his YouTube video blog in February 2011, Trump did call for intervention in Libya. "It’s a carnage,” he said. “Now we should go in, we should stop this guy which would be very easy and very quick, we could do it surgically, and save these lives.” Later, Trump claimed never to have discussed Libya (false), and also claimed that he was in support of a surgical intervention only, killing Gaddafi only but not taking any other actions.


Fact-check #9: Trump said it was "wrong" that he had been "praiseworthy" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Hillary Clinton claimed.


Clinton: "There's no doubt now that Russia has used cyber attacks against all kinds of organizations in our country, and I am deeply concerned about this. I know Donald is very praiseworthy of Vladimir Putin."

Grade: False


Explanation: Trump has publicly said favorable things about Putin numerous times, usually while criticizing President Obama. In a GOP primary debate hosted by NBC News, Trump described his strategy for dealing with Putin as: "I would talk to him. I would get along with him." In a recent NBC forum, where the network also interviewed Clinton, Trump defended his comments pointing to strong domestic polling for Putin. When Putin authored an op-ed on Syria in the New York Times, in September 2013, Trump tweeted that it was a "masterpiece for Russia and a disaster for the U.S." Interviewed by MSNBC, Trump said of Putin, "He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader, you know unlike what we have in this country."


Fact-check #10: Trump on crime rates.


Clinton: "Under the current [New York City] mayor, crime has continued to drop, including murders."

Trump: "You're wrong...Murders are up."

Grade: Mostly False


Explanation: New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn into office on Jan. 1, 2014. Each of his first two years in office saw an overall drop in the seven major felony crimes, and so far this year major crimes are down nearly 3 percent compared to the same period last year. Murder statistics present a slightly more complicated picture during de Blasio's tenure. His first year in office saw 333 murders, two fewer than the year before. But his second year in office saw an uptick to 352 murders. So far this year, murders in New York City are down more than 4 percent than the same time period last year (246 murders through Sept. 18, 2016, versus 257 murders during the same time last year).


Fact-check #11: Clinton: Trump said "he didn't care" if Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia get nuclear weapons.


Clinton: "Of what we’ve heard Donald say has been about nuclear weapons, he has said repeatedly, that he didn't care if other nations got nuclear weapons, Japan, South Korea, even Saudi Arabia. It has been the policy of the United States, Democrats and Republicans, to do everything we could to reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons. He even said, well, if there were a nuclear war in East Asia, well, you know, that's fine."

Trump: "Wrong."

Grade: Yes and No


Explanation: Donald Trump has said that America’s allies should pay more of their defense costs. Earlier this year Trump seemed to say that Japan might be better off if it had nuclear weapons to defend itself from North Korea. At a town hall in March he also seemed to support Saudi Arabia having nuclear weapons, but quickly corrected himself. In June, Trump denied that he wanted Japan to get nuclear weapons. Trump wants America’s allies to take more responsibility for their defense and has at times indicated it would be OK for Japan to have access to nuclear weapons to defend itself from North Korea.


Fact-check #12: Trump denies saying that pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers.


Clinton: "One thing Lester, he tried to switch from looks to stamina. But this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs. And someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers."

Trump: I never said that."

Grade: False


Explanation: In fact, Trump said just that in an October 2004 interview with NBC's "Dateline." In the interview, Trump said pregnancy is "a wonderful thing for the woman, it's a wonderful thing for the husband, it's certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business.”


Fact-check #13: Trump on stop-and-frisk.


Holt: "Stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional in New York, because it largely singled out black and Hispanic young men -"

Trump: "No, you're wrong. It went before a judge who was a very against police judge. It was taken away from her and our mayor, our new mayor, refused to go forward with the case. They would have won an appeal. If you look at it, throughout the country, there are many places --"

Grade: Mostly False


Explanation: The moderator was correct. Stop and frisk was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in August 2013, a federal district court judge ruled the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics violated the constitutional rights of minorities, calling it a "policy of indirect racial profiling." Mayor Michael Bloomberg appealed the case. The Second Circuit Court would temporarily block the district judge's orders and removed her from the case, finding she had compromised “the appearance of impartiality surrounding this litigation.” But the court stopped short of overturning the district court’s ruling.


The stop-and-frisk program was still in the midst of the appeals process when newly-elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supported the district court ruling, settled the litigation and ended the controversial program.


Fact-check #14: Trump says stop and frisk works "well."


Trump: "Over 4 -- almost 4,000 people in Chicago have been killed. We have to bring back law and order. Now, whether or not in a place like Chicago, you do stop and frisk, which worked very well, [former New York] Mayor Giuliani is here, it worked very well in New York. It brought the crime rate way down, but you take the gun away from criminals that shouldn't be having it."

Grade: Yes and No


Explanation: There has been much debate about whether stop-and-frisk is effective. Trump often cites the example of the tactic being used by police in New York City, as he did this evening. While violent crime fell in New York City while stop and frisk was implemented, the crime rate also fell nationally and in places where police did not employ the tactic. Stop-and-frisk may have some limited impact, but it is not clear how effective it is. According to NYCLU data guns were recovered in only .2 percent of cases.


According to an NYPD spokesman, the use of stop-and-frisk has decreased nearly 97 percent in New York City since 2011 while crime has decreased significantly during that same period. NYPD statistics bear this out.


Fact-check #15: Clinton claims Trump’s tax plan would add $5 trillion to the debt and cost the economy jobs.


Clinton: "Independent experts have looked at what I've proposed and looked at what Donald's proposed and basically, they've said this: That if his tax plan, which would blow up the debt by over $5 trillion and would in some instances disadvantage middle class families, compared to the wealthy, were to go into effect, we would lose 3.5 million jobs and maybe have another recession."

Grade: True


Explanation: Under Trump's current tax- and spending proposal, the debt over the next decade is projected increase by about $5 trillion, according to Moody's latest estimate. Another estimate from the Committee for a Responsible Budget says “both Clinton and Trump would increase the debt relative to current law – though Trump would increase it by an order of magnitude more, and Clinton’s plan would slightly reduce deficits if we incorporated unspecified revenue from business tax reform. Specifically, we estimate Clinton’s plans would add $200 billion to the debt over the next decade, while Trump’s plans would add $5.3 trillion.


Fact-check #16: Trump on the DNC being hacked.


Trump: “I don't know if anyone knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t -- maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. Could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay? You don’t know who broke into DNC.”

Grade: Mostly False


Explanation: U.S. officials –- speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the information -– have uniformly told ABC News and other major news outlets that evidence in the DNC hack points directly to Russia. In addition, the firm hired by the DNC to respond to the suspected breach, CrowdStrike, conducted an investigation and later issued a statement saying it had “identified two sophisticated adversaries” as behind the hack. “Both adversaries engage in extensive political and economic espionage for the benefit of the government of the Russian Federation and are believed to be closely linked to the Russian government’s powerful and highly capable intelligence services,” CrowdStrike said. Just last week, the top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., issued a statement saying, “Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election. At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election—we can see no other rationale for the behavior of the Russians.”


Fact-check #17: Trump says Ford is moving jobs out of the U.S.


Trump: "Ford is leaving. You see that. Their small car division, leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio, they're all leaving."

Grade: Mostly False


Explanation: Though Ford has announced it is moving production of the small Ford Focus to a new plant in Mexico, the company tells ABC the move will have “absolutely no impact on U.S. jobs.” While the new plant begins production of the Focus, workers at the Michigan plant (which was manufacturing the Focus) will instead make two new vehicles.


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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton's running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, said Clinton showed her fitness to be commander in chief in Monday night's presidential debate while her opponent, Donald Trump, "told some whoppers."

"Hillary offered details and Donald didn’t. Hillary answered questions and Donald avoided them. Hillary told the truth and Donald told some whoppers," Kaine said today on Good Morning America. "He just seemed rattled the longer the debate wore on.

"I think it really showed her off as prepared to be commander in chief and president," Kaine said of the 90-minute debate held at Hofstra University in New York.

Voters saw the first fiery moment of the debate when Trump and Clinton discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Kaine acknowledged that Trump was "on the attack" at the top of the debate but said the Republican presidential nominee failed to provide his "own plans or policies."

"He was attacking on trade but he’s got a real weakness there," Kaine said of Trump. "If he doesn’t like what we’re doing with respect to trade, why is he making all of his products overseas? He’s part of the problem, not part of the solution."

Kaine, who campaigned in Florida on Monday, said Trump was also unable to provide an answer for why he pushed the "birther" controversy suggesting that President Obama was not a U.S. citizen.

"For five years, Donald Trump pushed a bigoted lie that President Obama wasn’t a U.S. citizen, all evidence to the contrary. All the fact checkers said that he was wrong but he kept pushing it dozens and dozens and dozens of times," Kaine said. "When he was asked to explain it by Hillary and by the moderator, Lester Holt, he just didn’t have an explanation."

Kaine suggested that Trump, who admitted in a news conference this month that Obama is a U.S. citizen, "still has to answer" for what Kaine described as the GOP leader's, "bringing us back to the most painful days in our history."

"This is fundamentally a truthfulness and trust issue," he said.

Kaine identified Clinton's best moment in the debate as when she took on Trump for an earlier comment he made about her appearance.

"He tried to change it and say, ‘No, I was talking about her stamina.’ And she said, ‘You go to 120 countries and you sit before a House Committee for 11 hours and then you talk to me about stamina,'" Kaine recalled. "The other thing that was great about it is I was watching it on a channel that had a split screen and in that moment, Hillary was going strong and ready for another four or five hours of the debate and Donald Trump was on the ropes and he was out of gas and that was really, really apparent."

Kaine will debate Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, next week at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The senator said he has no plans to change his debate strategy against Pence after watching Clinton and Trump spar.

"Our vision is we’re stronger together as a country. The Trump ticket has a different vision," Kaine said. "Donald Trump decided when he ran for president to write a book and he put out that book and it’s called 'Crippled America.' That’s how he sees the nation we’re living in right now. Hillary and I see a very different nation, stronger together, and that’s what we’re going to talk about next Tuesday."

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ABC NewsRepublican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence today praised Donald Trump's Monday night debate performance.

"I think Donald Trump had a great night," he said on Good Morning America, adding that Trump "took command of the stage and I think the American people saw his leadership qualities."

"The pundits will have all their different views ... but I know that message resonated all across America and, particularly, in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio and Michigan that have been so hard hit by these bad trade deals."

Pence also said Trump was just making his positions clear when he reversed course on the birther issue. "Donald Trump has been focused on a stronger America at home and abroad," Pence said, blaming the media for bringing it up.

Pence also criticized the questions asked during the debate for failing to bring up Hillary Clinton's controversies.

"I was disappointed that [moderator] Lester [Holt] did not get into some of the issues that have been in the forefront of Hillary Clinton's candidacy," he said. "The FBI investigation, Clinton Foundation, pay to play, the whole disastrous events that took place in Benghazi and Libya. That never came up."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump pushed back against criticism he received from Hillary Clinton during Monday night's debate regarding his treatment of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, saying "she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem."

Trump made his remarks on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning in response to Clinton pointing out that Trump called Machado "Miss Piggy" while berating the Republican nominee's overall treatment of women.

"She was the winner, and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem," Trump said of Machado. "We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude, and we had a real problem with her."

Trump spoke about Machado's appearance Tuesday while answering a question about whether or not Clinton had gotten under his skin. He said that she hadn't done so, and went on to describe Machado as "the worst we ever had," a reference to Miss Universe winners.

Machado, while representing Venezuela, competed and won Miss Universe in 1996 when she was 19 years old. She gained weight after winning the competition, and accused Trump of humiliating her based upon her appearance shortly thereafter.

"Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado," Clinton said Monday night, referring to Machado. "And she has become a U.S. citizen and you can bet she is going to vote this November."

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PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ushered the 2016 presidential campaign into a new phase Monday night, and they did it with barbs.

The two candidates faced off in their first general election debate at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, in front of what was expected to be a historic number of television viewers.


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Here are 10 moments that mattered at the first general election presidential debate:

1. Nominees Started Off on a Friendly Note but No Escaping the Sarcasm

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have lobbed insults at each other from far away for months, but Monday night they tried to start their highly anticipated face off on a genteel note, although the mutual contempt was just below the surface.

When Clinton walked out in a red pantsuit and Trump in a blue tie -- the opponents’ trading traditional party colors -- the two shook hands and Clinton said, “How are you, Donald?” Perhaps trying to throw him off at the top with a warm greeting.

Shortly after the debate began, Trump talked about overseas trade deals, saying, “But in all fairness to Secretary Clinton,” before stopping himself and turning to his opponent and saying, “Yes, is that OK? Good. I want you to be very happy. It's very important to me.”

He seemed to be referring to his addressing her as “Secretary Clinton,” although it wasn’t completely clear during the moment.

2. Personal Attacks Came Early

Clinton was first to go on the attack during Monday night’s debate, taking aim at Trump’s business roots by claiming he borrowed $14 million from his father to start his real estate business.

“Donald was very fortunate in his life and that's all to his benefit. He started his business with $14 million, borrowed from his father, and he really believes that the more you help wealthy people, the better off we'll be and that everything will work out from there. I don't buy that. I have a different experience,” Clinton said, before expanding on her father’s work as a drapery maker.

Trump responded to that personal claim rather than addressing her subsequent remarks that he believes in “trumped up, trickle-down” economics.

“For one thing, and before we start on that, my father gave me a very small loan in 1975 and I built it into a company that's worth many, many billions of dollars,” Trump said.

3. Trading Barbs Over Trade

Voters saw the first fiery moment of the debate when the two candidates sparred over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Trump accused Clinton of supporting TPP, the proposed trade agreement between the United States and 11 other countries along the Pacific Rim.

“And now you want to approve Trans-Pacific Partnership. You were totally in favor of it,” Trump said.

Clinton fired back, “Well, that is just not accurate. I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out.”

Trump then pointed to Clinton’s once referring to TPP as the “gold standard of trade deals.”

“Well, Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts,” Clinton said.

Clinton promoted TPP as secretary of state under President Obama, who is pushing the trade deal. While speaking in Australia in November 15, 2012, Clinton said, "TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field.” Clinton came out against the trade deal October of last year, saying that “what I know about it as of today I am not in favor of what I have learned about it.”

4. Trump Asks ‘Why Not’ Blame All the World’s Problems on Clinton

Less than 30 minutes into the debate, Trump went after Clinton, attacking her on trade, ISIS, taxes, the economy and more. Clinton quipped: "I have a feeling by the end of this evening I'm going to be blamed for everything that's ever happened.”

Trump didn’t miss a beat, saying to his opponent: “Why not?”

Clinton responded: "Why not? Yeah. Why not? Just join the debate by saying more crazy things. Now, let me say this—“

Trump interjected: "There's nothing crazy about not letting our companies bring their money back into the country,” before the moderator reminded Trump, "This is secretary Clinton's two minutes, please."

5. Trump Hit Over Not Releasing Tax Returns

Trump clashed with his Democratic rival over his decision not to release his tax returns.

“I don't mind releasing. I'm under a routine audit and it will be released,” he said. Trump went on to tout his disclosure of a different federally mandated form required by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics of everyone from presidential candidates to the postmaster general.

Trump then pivoted to attack Clinton over her private email server. “I will release my tax returns against my lawyer's wishes when she releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted,” he said.

“I think you've just seen another example of bait and switch here. For 40 years, everyone running for president has release their tax returns,” she said. “You got to ask yourself: Why won't he release his tax returns?

“Maybe he doesn't want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes,” she said.

6. The Birther Issue Gets on the Main Stage

Moderator Lester Holt asked Trump “what took you so long” to acknowledge that President Obama was born in the United States, bringing the Republican nominee’s recent turnaround on an issue that was central to his public positions for years.

At first, Trump claimed that two Clinton aides were the ones who initially looked into Barack Obama’s birth certificate during the 2008 campaign -- a claim that he has made before -- and then said that he was “satisfied” with when Obama released his birth certificate.

Holt noted that Obama released his longform birth certificate in 2011, but Trump continued to raise questions about it’s authenticity until 2015.

“Nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it,” Trump said, referencing the years between the release and Trump’s decision this month to acknowledge Obama was born in America. “I figured you'd ask the question tonight, of course. But nobody was caring much about it. But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job.”

7. Clinton Defends Being ‘Prepared’ When Trump Questions Her Time Off the Trail

Trump was talking about crime in the inner cities when he said, “I’ve been all over the place. You decided to stay home and that's OK,” seeming to jab Clinton for leaving the campaign trail in recent days to prepare for Monday night’s faceoff.

"I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate,” Clinton said. "And, yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that's a good thing.”

Throughout the debate, Clinton tried to portray Trump as unprepared and unwilling to do the hard work to prepare for the presidency. She also hit back against an attack he regularly makes on the campaign trail: That she doesn't stump as much as he does because she doesn't have his endurance.

8. ‘Stop and Frisk’ Becomes a Big Point of Discussion

Trump’s support of “stop and frisk,” a controversial former tactic of the New York Police Department, was discussed at length during the debate.

“Stop and frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of New York City. Tremendous beyond belief. So when you say it has no impact, it really did, it had a very very big impact,” Trump said.

Trump said that the tactic was not deemed unconstitutional -- which it was -- and added instead that “it went before a judge who was a very against-police judge.”

“They would have won an appeal,” he said, though he noted that they did not ever appeal the decision.

Trump and Clinton went on to debate various crime rates in cities like Chicago and New York for nearly 10 minutes of the debate.

9. Trump and the Iraq War Under the Microscope

Toward the end of the debate, Holt corrected Trump on whether he supported the war in Iraq before it started.

“I did not support the war in Iraq,” Trump said. "That is a mainstream media nonsense put out by her because she frankly I think the best person in her campaign is mainstream media.”

Holt corrected him, saying, “The record shows otherwise.”

The only time Trump seems to have spoken about the war publicly before it started was to Howard Stern in 2002 and seemed to support the invasion. Stern asked Trump, “Are you for invading Iraq?"

Trump appeared to hesitate, responding, “Yeah, I guess so. I wish the first time it was done correctly.”

Despite the attempt to correct him, Trump continued to stress he was against the war, saying, “The record shows that I am right.”

10. Sparring Over Stamina

Holt asked Trump about when he once said that Clinton does not have a “presidential look,” asking Trump what he meant by that. Trump pivoted to attack her “stamina.”

"She doesn't have the look, she doesn’t have the stamina,” Trump said. "I said she doesn't have the stamina. And I don't believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina.”

Trump has been hitting Clinton on her stamina and strength on the campaign trail for months, but tonight Clinton tried to shut that line of attack down.

"Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities and nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina,” Clinton said.

She also attempted to remind voters of some of the more controversial things he has said about women:

"One thing Lester, he tried to switch from looks to stamina,” Clinton said. "But this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs. And someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers. Who has said women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men.”

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