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Trump defiant amid debate fact-checks

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>> Donald supported the invasion of Iraq.>> Wrong.>> That is absolutely proved.>> Wrong.>> Donald Trump giving no ground in his first debate Monday with Hillary Clinton even when directly confronted over false statements. With the Twitter-sphere playing truth squad.>> Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
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I think it's real.>> I did not.>> Science is real.>> I do not say that.>> And I think.>> Twitter exploding right away producing his 2012 tweet saying global warming was created by the Chinese to cripple US manufacturing. Just one example in a night that showed Trump defiantly refusing to admit any untruths.
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A tactic that kept him on defense for much of the debate.>> Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts that->> Reuters correspondent, Jeff Mason.>> He really doubled down on the issues that he considered facts tonight about his past positions.
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And that probably hurt him tonight. It's a little bit more difficult in 2016 to say, I didn't say that or I don't believe that when the record is much easier to show with social media. So you had the moderator occasionally, Lester Holt, correcting him. Hillary Clinton correcting him and even if you didn't have those two pieces, out in the social media blogger-sphere and Twitter-sphere, you had American voters and probably others around the world looking up things that he had said before, and throwing it out there as fact checking.
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>> Trump also vigorously denied he ever supported the Iraq War, despite recorded interviews contradicting him. Or that he pushed the conspiracy that President Obama was not born in the United States, instead Trump blaming Clinton aides and the media.>> Frankly I think the best person in her campaign is mainstream media.
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>> If we're actually gonna look at the facts->> In contrast, Clinton's command of policy and detail had quick polls from CNN and Public Policy Polling declaring her the night's winner, but with two debates still to go.