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HOLT: Good evening from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. I’m Lester Holt, anchor of “NBC Nightly News.” I want to welcome you to the first presidential debate.

The participants tonight are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. This debate is sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. The commission drafted tonight’s format, and the rules have been agreed to by the campaigns.

The 90-minute debate is divided into six segments, each 15 minutes long. We’ll explore three topic areas tonight: Achieving prosperity; America’s direction; and securing America. At the start of each segment, I will ask the same lead-off question to both candidates, and they will each have up to two minutes to respond. From that point until the end of the segment, we’ll have an open discussion.

The questions are mine and have not been shared with the commission or the campaigns. The audience here in the room has agreed to remain silent so that we can focus on what the candidates are saying.

I will invite you to applaud, however, at this moment, as we welcome the candidates: Democratic nominee for president of the United States, Hillary Clinton, and Republican nominee for president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.


CLINTON: How are you, Donald?


HOLT: Good luck to you.



Well, I don’t expect us to cover all the issues of this campaign tonight, but I remind everyone, there are two more presidential debates scheduled. We are going to focus on many of the issues that voters tell us are most important, and we’re going to press for specifics. I am honored to have this role, but this evening belongs to the candidates and, just as important, to the American people.

Candidates, we look forward to hearing you articulate your policies and your positions, as well as your visions and your values. So, let’s begin.

We’re calling this opening segment “Achieving Prosperity.” And central to that is jobs. There are two economic realities in America today. There’s been a record six straight years of job growth, and new census numbers show incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation. However, income inequality remains significant, and nearly half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

Beginning with you, Secretary Clinton, why are you a better choice than your opponent to create the kinds of jobs that will put more money into the pockets of American works?

CLINTON: Well, thank you, Lester, and thanks to Hofstra for hosting us.

The central question in this election is really what kind of country we want to be and what kind of future we’ll build together. Today is my granddaughter’s second birthday, so I think about this a lot. First, we have to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. That means we need new jobs, good jobs, with rising incomes.

I want us to invest in you. I want us to invest in your future. That means jobs in infrastructure, in advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean, renewable energy, and small business, because most of the new jobs will come from small business. We also have to make the economy fairer. That starts with raising the national minimum wage and also guarantee, finally, equal pay for women’s work.

CLINTON: I also want to see more companies do profit-sharing. If you help create the profits, you should be able to share in them, not just the executives at the top.

And I want us to do more to support people who are struggling to balance family and work. I’ve heard from so many of you about the difficult choices you face and the stresses that you’re under. So let’s have paid family leave, earned sick days. Let’s be sure we have affordable child care and debt-free college.

How are we going to do it? We’re going to do it by having the wealthy pay their fair share and close the corporate loopholes.

Finally, we tonight are on the stage together, Donald Trump and I. Donald, it’s good to be with you. We’re going to have a debate where we are talking about the important issues facing our country. You have to judge us, who can shoulder the immense, awesome responsibilities of the presidency, who can put into action the plans that will make your life better. I hope that I will be able to earn your vote on November 8th.


HOLT: Secretary Clinton, thank you.

Mr. Trump, the same question to you. It’s about putting money — more money into the pockets of American workers. You have up to two minutes.

TRUMP: Thank you, Lester. Our jobs are fleeing the country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries. You look at what China is doing to our country in terms of making our product. They’re devaluing their currency, and there’s nobody in our government to fight them. And we have a very good fight. And we have a winning fight. Because they’re using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China, and many other countries are doing the same thing.

So we’re losing our good jobs, so many of them. When you look at what’s happening in Mexico, a friend of mine who builds plants said it’s the eighth wonder of the world. They’re building some of the biggest plants anywhere in the world, some of the most sophisticated, some of the best plants. With the United States, as he said, not so much.

So Ford is leaving. You see that, their small car division leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio. They’re all leaving. And we can’t allow it to happen anymore. As far as child care is concerned and so many other things, I think Hillary and I agree on that. We probably disagree a little bit as to numbers and amounts and what we’re going to do, but perhaps we’ll be talking about that later.

But we have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States and, with it, firing all of their people. All you have to do is take a look at Carrier air conditioning in Indianapolis. They left — fired 1,400 people. They’re going to Mexico. So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this.

TRUMP: We cannot let it happen. Under my plan, I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously, from 35 percent to 15 percent for companies, small and big businesses. That’s going to be a job creator like we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan. It’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch.

Companies will come. They will build. They will expand. New companies will start. And I look very, very much forward to doing it. We have to renegotiate our trade deals, and we have to stop these countries from stealing our companies and our jobs.


HOLT: Secretary Clinton, would you like to respond?

CLINTON: Well, I think that trade is an important issue. Of course, we are 5 percent of the world’s population; we have to trade with the other 95 percent. And we need to have smart, fair trade deals.

We also, though, need to have a tax system that rewards work and not just financial transactions. And the kind of plan that Donald has put forth would be trickle-down economics all over again. In fact, it would be the most extreme version, the biggest tax cuts for the top percent of the people in this country than we’ve ever had.

I call it trumped-up trickle-down, because that’s exactly what it would be. T

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  1. I guess Donald thinks by having his people flood online polls right after the debate with votes for him that will fool people and elect him. He and his staff were saying only 10 minutes after the debate ended how well the online polls were going. Typical Republican strategy…..distortion of the facts. Seams a little strange that 90% of the professionals were giving it to Hillary. Of course that must have been fixed by the “liberal” media which is another example of a ridiculous right wing distortion.


  2. Best Comments Read During Live Debate:

    This isn’t a debate, this is an old lady reading notes while the future president makes fun of her

    Trump is ruthlessly tearing into her, and all she can do in response is to stutter as she desperately tries to remember her rehearsed lines. It’s like watching a robot short circuit. It’s almost hard to watch.

    She has an iPad on the podium feeding her lines. She keeps looking down while talking.

    Is this a debate between Trump and Clinton, or Trump and Lester Holt?

    Trump backed by ICE, crooked backed by ISIS.


    she had the questions before the debate.

    Hillary is WRONG!

    What she said was absolutely ridiculous!

    She was looking super seized!

    What a smug, lying bitch.

    She just got BURNT on TPP

    Hillary has done nothing but lie for the duration of this debate


    Selling her own book?? WEAK

  3. Trump supporters are in a panic right now because his profound ineptitude and lack of qualification was laid bare before the American public. Thus, they resort to superficially judge Hillary for meaningless crap. Her mannerisms, her voice, her “drugged up” demeanor. Anyone with respect for the office of the President of the United States– anyone with respect for democracy– could see that what we just witnessed was a shit show because of Trump. Completely unprepared. Off-topic. Childish posturing. Nervous wreck. Inflammatory. Defensive. Illogical rhetoric. Self-damning. I mean, geez. Give me some hope that my fellow Americans haven’t completely lost their minds!

    • No one is panicking, we all know Hillary is a liar, so do most of the American people. And yes it matters to most of us. I wasn’t going to bother voting till she robbed/beat Sanders. Now I am full fledged Trump supporter because she is nothing but a lobbyist puppet that will say anything to get elected.

    • By the looks of your reply and your lengthy dissertation of nothing but babbling, it appears you are the one in panic. I saw a debate between a man and a robot.

    • She is a corrupt, life long bought and paid for politician. He is a typical cut-throat business man. No surprises there! Were her responses more canned, and safe sounding? You bet, she is a career politician. At the end of the day, the debate was a wreck on both sides, but she did not look well at all, she looked tired and frail, and her responses were flat and over-rehearsed . Every online poll that I have looked at, from multiple various media outlets, have Trump winning unanimously across the board. Trump did not have a good day, and still won the debate, not a good day for Hillary supporters.

      • If I believed Trump was Racist I wouldnt support him. Lisa grow up. You should look into the enthnic cleansing campaign of black Africans in Libya that hillary Clinton supported if you want to play the race card. she supported mercenaries and terrorists killing them soley for the color of their skin so that she could blame it on Gaddfi and have him and his sons murdered because she had buisness intrests that needed him to die. She even gave air support.

        Stop playing the race card. People know better.

      • Lisa lets not get nasty here, be civil, what I dont get she is an unbelievable liar, now she wants to support the middle class, she didnt before. all she did was talk about opening borders, thats not good I live in California, we are under seige by illegals, mulsims and criminals, WE need someone to help us here, did you not see the thugs, and underground criminals in our streets during our right to free speech?

    • During the debate I witnessed one candidate that was totally prepared while the other was the same babbling idiot he has been from the start of his campaign! Wake up Trump supporters!! His ideas and “policies” will tear the middle class and poor to shreds while boosting the income of his rich friends! I heard Hillary talk about tax increases on the super rich, creating jobs by rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure (bridges, roads, power grid, etc). All of this is critical! Trump wants to do away with the EPA!! Think about the air you breathe and the water you drink! Think about companies not being regulated to keep our environment safe! He also supports cuts to school funding resulting in the loss of 290,000 teachers! If these facts don’t change your mind, you are beyond hope and deserve the havoc his Presidency with bring to you and your families!!
      As for me, I’M WITH HER!!

      • SHE IS A LIAR, at the beginning of her campaign all she did was talk about opening borderers, killing unborn babies and helping our enemy including taking 100mm of personal money for her foundation, all very negative creepy things. okay. A con is a really good liar. And that is what she is. SHE NEVER mentioned helping the middle class until she say the support Trump got for saying that. I dont think she will help the middle class because there isnt one anymore it died when the clintons allowed the rest of the world to take our working jobs away. DONT BE FOOLED BY HER. HE IS WINNING IN ALL THE POLLS

  4. I hear a lot of hate from Trump supporters, that sounds a lot like the hate Trump has been propagating. Hate cannot make anything great.

  5. After being a Democrat for so many years and lost vote for Obhama, I just saw an honest man offering real change! I’m voting Republican!! Let’s Make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!

    • YEP me too, i ditched and switched when I saw all the criminal element come out in California I did not realize the illegals were forming a criminal army right here in my own state.
      That is scary, you should see our streets being taken over by our Muslims its only going to get worse

  6. I was undecided until I saw the debate. How could anyone come to this debate unprepared? The most important job in the world and Mr. Trump decided to come unprepared?! He was nervous, twitching, uncouth and rambling. How can anyone vote for him after that performance. I’m voting for Mrs. Clinton.
    Clinton B+
    Trump D-

    • It’s obvious she was given the questions to be prepared for. Trump looked unprepared because he wasn’t given the questions. Replay the beginning and see where Lester Holt states no one has the questions that have been prepared by me.