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Clinton takes the fight to Trump in first debate

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>> He called this woman Miss Piggy. Then he called her Miss Housekeeping because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name.>> Where did you find this? Where did you find this?>> Her name is Alicia Machado.>> Where did you find that?>> And she has become a US citizen.
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And you can bet->> Really?>> She is going to vote this November.>> Okay, okay, good.>> In the first ever face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Clinton showing she can take the attack to her rival, much to the relief of her supporters. Reuters correspondent Jim Oliphant was at the debate at Hofstra University.
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>> Clinton had some work to do, in terms of reassuring the Democratic base that she was here, strong, ready for a fight with Trump. And you can say that she did pass that test tonight with flying colors.>> He has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen.
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>> Clinton got under Trump's skin a little bit. He was on the defensive about his business record, about his tax returns, about how much money he's made.>> Why won't he release his tax returns? And I think there may be a couple of reasons. First, maybe he's not as rich as he says he is.
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>> Conversely, when Trump tried to ruffle Clinton's feathers, he was less successful.>> I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. 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.>>
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>> With moderator, Lester Holt, pressing Donald Trump on his Iraq war record, the constitutionality of stop-and-frisk, his claims about Obama's birth certificate, Clinton simply stood by.>> Would you like to hear?>> Clinton, who's been dogged by questions about her email server since the middle of last year, faced no questions on the subject.
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>> 33,000 emails that have been deleted.>> When Trump brought her emails up, Holt merely asked if she'd like to respond.>> So do you wanna respond to that?>> I do, I made a mistake.>> And when she did, she faced no followup questions. It fell to Trump to resoundingly reject her explanation.
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That was more than a mistake. That was done purposely, okay? That was not a mistake. That was done purposely. I think it's disgraceful.>> The latest Reuters Ipsos poll showing Clinton leading Trump nationally by 4 percentage points. Their next face-off will be October 9th in Saint Louis.