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Hillary Clinton slams Donald Trump over claims Obama wasn’t born in America during furious first US presidential debate

Clinton also called into question Trump's 'sexist' remarks about women

Hillary Clinton branded Donald Trump racist and sexist in a bad-tempered clash as the White House candidates went head-to-head during the first US presidential debate.

Clinton accused Trump of spreading a ?쐒acist lie??that Barack Obama was not an American citizen, adding that the billionaire businessman ?쐆as a long record of engaging in racist behavior??

Clinton also called into question Trump?셲 alleged sexist remarks about혻women, reminding the audience at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York of him previously calling women ?쐏igs??and other derogatory names.

Clinton?셲 stinging attack came as the rivals shouted back and forth at one another throughout the debate.

Both repeatedly accused the other of being unfit to serve as president and called into question the other candidate?셲 record on security, employment, race issues and gun crime.

The two White House hopefuls cordially shook hands as they readied for their 90-minute face-off
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The two White House hopefuls cordially shook hands as they readied for their 90-minute face-off
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump debate on stage
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Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump debate on stage

Donald Trump kicked off the debate touting his plan to create jobs and claiming that Mexico and other countries are “stealing them.”

Trump said, “Our jobs are fleeing the country, they’re going to Mexico and many other countries.”

He added, “We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us” and is claiming that Mexico’s factory building is like “the 8th wonder of the world.”

Trump called for renegotiating U.S. trade deals and says job creation will flourish under a Trump administration because of his plans to lower taxes and scale back regulations.

Hillary Clinton responded by criticizing Donald Trump over a loan he got from his father to start his business career.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded blows on the debate stage Monday over the Democrat's use of a private email server as secretary of state, and the Republican billionaire's refusal to release his tax history
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded blows on the debate stage Monday over the Democrat’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, and the Republican billionaire’s refusal to release his tax history
First blood has been drawn in the Clinton and Trump presidential debate

The Democratic presidential candidate is calling her Republican rival's tax cut proposals "Trumped-up trickle-down" economics.

Clinton added that Trump "really believes the more you help wealthy people, the better off we'll be." and criticized her opponent's aggressive stance on trade, saying the U.S. is "5 percent of the world population" and that means having to trade with the other 95 percent of the world.

Hillary Clinton asked American voters to decide whether she or Donald Trump can "make your life better."

She opened the debate pitching her economic policies as the best way to help most voters.

She added that voters should use the first of three debates to assess "who can shoulder the immense, awesome responsibilities of the presidency" and who can "put into action" their plans.

Both Trump and Clinton deny making statements they are on record as having said

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, in the opening presidential debate, both denied making statements that they are plainly on record as having said.

A look at some of the claims in the debate and how they compare with the facts:

Clinton, denying Trump's accusation that she called the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the "gold standard" of trade agreements: "I did say I hoped it would be a good deal."

THE FACTS: Trump is correct. As secretary of state, Clinton called the deal that was taking shape the "gold standard" of trade agreements, in a 2012 trip to Australia, and championed the agreement in other venues around the world. She did not merely express the hope it would turn out well.

Clinton flip-flopped into opposing the trade deal in the Democratic primary when facing Bernie Sanders, who was strongly opposed to it.

Meanwhile Trump, when Clinton accused him of calling climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese: "I did not say that."

THE FACTS: Yes he did, in the form of a 2012 tweet: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." He later claimed he was kidding, but he's also repeated the claim that climate change is a hoax, and one that benefits China.

Hillary Clinton responded by criticizing Donald Trump over a loan he got from his father to start his business career
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Hillary Clinton responded by criticizing Donald Trump over a loan he got from his father to start his business career
Trump called for renegotiating U.S. trade deals and says job creation will flourish under a Trump administration because of his plans to lower taxes and scale back regulations
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Trump called for renegotiating U.S. trade deals and says job creation will flourish under a Trump administration because of his plans to lower taxes and scale back regulations

Hillary Clinton says she was ready for Donald Trump to tell some whoppers in the first presidential debate.

The Democratic nominee is directing voters to her campaign website, HillaryClinton.com. It's been converted into a real-time fact-checker intended to correct Trump's misstatements.

She brought up the site when Trump was hammering her on taxes and regulations. He said he's "going into cut taxes big league. You're going to raise taxes big league. End of story."

Clinton retorted that she "kind of assumed there would be a lot of these charges and claims."

Clinton aides have said for days leading up to the debate they were worried that moderator Lester Holt would allow Trump to exaggerate and misstate facts.

Donald Trump spoke about the importance of 'law and order' in response to the moderator's question on how to heal racial divides
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Donald Trump spoke about the importance of 'law and order' in response to the moderator's question on how to heal racial divides
Clinton said Trump has "stiffed" thousands of workers and small business owners and he should apologize to them
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Clinton said Trump has "stiffed" thousands of workers and small business owners and he should apologize to them

Donald Trump says his tax plan may benefit the wealthy but it is also "a great thing for the middle class" because companies would invest more in building their businesses.

He says companies want to create jobs but they often move their money overseas because "taxes are so onerous."

Trump says Democrats and Republicans agree that the U.S. should cut a deal with companies to get them to bring their profits back. Yet politicians have not been able to make it happen, he says. Trump says there could be $5 trillion stuck overseas.

He says, "With a little leadership, you could get it here really quickly," adding such a development "would be beautiful."

Donald Trump says he'll release his tax returns if Hillary Clinton releases the '33,000 emails' she deleted from her private server
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Donald Trump says he'll release his tax returns if Hillary Clinton releases the '33,000 emails' she deleted from her private server
Donald Trump blamed Hillary Clinton for starting the false claim that President Barack Obama was born outside of the United States
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Donald Trump blamed Hillary Clinton for starting the false claim that President Barack Obama was born outside of the United States

Donald Trump says he'll release his tax returns if Hillary Clinton releases the "33,000 emails" she deleted from her private server.

Trump has refused to release his taxes, saying he is under a routine IRS audit and would release them when it's completed.

The Republican nominee said Monday he would "go against" his lawyer's wishes and release them before the audit is complete if Clinton turned over the emails.

Moderator Lester Holt noted that, by law, Trump can release his tax returns even while under audit. Clinton suggested the celebrity businessman is refusing to release them because he is hiding "something terrible" like a low tax rate or a small amount of charitable contributions.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's view of black communities is too grim. Trump's reaction to her remark? A sigh and an eye-roll
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Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's view of black communities is too grim. Trump's reaction to her remark? A sigh and an eye-roll
Melania Trump (left) and Ivanka Trump (right) watch as Republican Donald Trump debates Democrat Hillary Clinton during the first Presidential Debate
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Melania Trump (left) and Ivanka Trump (right) watch as Republican Donald Trump debates Democrat Hillary Clinton during the first Presidential Debate
Hillary Clinton: Non whites more likely to be in prison and no gun sales to those on terrorist lists

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump has a simple reason he won't release his tax returns: He's got something to hide.

The Democratic presidential nominee has some ideas what it might be.

She says during the first presidential debate that Trump may not be "as rich as he says he is." Or "maybe he's not as charitable" as he says he is. Clinton says perhaps Trump doesn't pay any federal income tax at all.

She noted that some of the Republican nominee's income tax returns in the 1970s showed Trump paid no federal income taxes in certain years. Trump disclosed the returns to New Jersey casino regulators.

Donald Trump kicked off the debate touting his plan to create jobs and claiming that Mexico and other countries are 'stealing them'
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Donald Trump kicked off the debate touting his plan to create jobs and claiming that Mexico and other countries are 'stealing them'
Clinton blames Trump on DNC hack. He blames China or 400 pound person sitting at home

Hillary Clinton is attacking Donald Trump on his business record, saying she's "relieved" her late father never had to work with the billionaire businessman.

Clinton said Trump has "stiffed" thousands of workers and small business owners and he should apologize to them. She also says an architect who designed a clubhouse for one of Trump's golf courses and was not properly paid was in the presidential debate audience.

Clinton's father, Hugh Rodham, was a successful textile merchant. The Democratic presidential nominee says Trump's business record, including his companies' multiple bankruptcies, show he'd be a poor president.

But Trump is defending his business prowess, saying many of his ventures had been successful and he has numerous business partners who were happy to work with him.
Hillary Clinton says fixing race relations comes down to two things: restoring trust between police and communities of color and reforming gun laws.

Clinton says gun violence is the leading cause of death among young African-American men. She says tackling the "plague of gun violence" is critical.

She says race remains a "significant issue" that too often determines where people live and go to school and how they're treated in the criminal justice system.

Donald Trump is talking about the importance of "law and order" in response to the moderator's question on how to heal racial divides.

He says if we don't have it, "we're not going to have a country." He says that in inner cities, African-American and Hispanic communities "are living in hell because it's so dangerous."

Trump says that if you walk down the streets in places like Chicago, "you get shot."

He goes on to cite the controversial "stop-and-frisk" policing tactic as a way to bring down crime. "Right now our police are afraid of doing anything," he says.

A federal judge ruled "stop-and-frisk" unconstitutional.

Potential voters watch the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at a bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Potential voters watch the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at a bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Supporters of Hillary Clinton listen during a debate-watching party at the Yum Yum Chinese restaurant near the U.S.-Mexico border
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Supporters of Hillary Clinton listen during a debate-watching party at the Yum Yum Chinese restaurant near the U.S.-Mexico border

One aspect of the debate setting social media on fire is the fact Donald Trump appears to have the sniffles.

Trump's loud sniffing in the opening minutes of Monday's first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton is getting plenty of attention on social media.

Some are comparing it to Al Gore's sighing from the 2000 presidential debate.

The noticeable sniffing, or loud breathing, is generating hashtags like #trumpsniff on Twitter.

Much attention has been focused on both candidates' health going into the debate following Clinton's pneumonia diagnosis last month. Both candidates have since released details about their health history.

Donald Trump claims he never said climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese.

But he did.

Hillary Clinton asked American voters to decide whether she or Donald Trump can "make your life better"
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Hillary Clinton asked American voters to decide whether she or Donald Trump can "make your life better"

Trump tweeted in January 2014 that, "Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!"

In November, 2012, he said, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."

His Democratic rival Hillary Clinton made the charge during Monday night.

Trump is a denier of climate science.

Trump promises to release Tax returns if Hillary Clinton releases the deleted emails
Hillary Clinton greets Lester Holt as she and Trump take the stage for their first debate
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Hillary Clinton greets Lester Holt as she and Trump take the stage for their first debate

Donald Trump later blamed Hillary Clinton for what he says have been "defective" trade agreements that have cost American jobs.

Trump says Mexico taxes American products imported there, but the U.S. does not tax Mexican imports.

He says Clinton's been "doing this for 30 years," a reference to her long career on the American political scene.

During that time, she's been first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state. Those are not jobs that would give her a primary role in crafting trade agreements.

Trump also criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was approved under President Bill Clinton, Mrs. Clinton's husband.

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has said that 1994 deal had a "relatively small" impact on the U.S. economy.

Potential voters watch the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at a bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Potential voters watch the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at a bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A group of friends and colleagues listen to the first presidential debate during a watch party at Swalm's house in Centennial, Colorado
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A group of friends and colleagues listen to the first presidential debate during a watch party at Swalm's house in Centennial, Colorado

Opinion polls show the two candidates in a very tight race, with the latest Reuters/Ipsos polling showing Clinton ahead by 4 percentage points, with 41 percent of likely voters.

The 90-minute debate, which started at 2am UK time, could sway undecided and independent voters who have yet to make up their minds - as well as voters from both parties who have tuned out the election until now.

A second Reuters/Ipsos poll released earlier today혻showed half of America's likely voters would rely on the debates to help them make their choice.

More than half, 61 percent, were hoping for a civil debate and were not interested in the bitterness shown on the campaign trail.

NBC's Lester Holt prepares to moderate the first presidential debate
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NBC's Lester Holt prepares to moderate the first presidential debate

The size of the television-viewing audience is expected to challenge the record of 80 million Americans who watched 1980's encounter between Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan.

Some commentators forecast Super Bowl-sized viewership of about 100 million people.

By contrast with the single-party debates held during the Republican and Democratic state nominating contests, the audience will be asked to remain silent and not applaud or respond to the candidates' remarks.

The debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments.

The highly anticipated clash between the Democratic former secretary of state and Republican real estate tycoon has generated massive international interest
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The highly anticipated clash between the Democratic former secretary of state and Republican real estate tycoon has generated massive international interest
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton greets Melania Trump ahead of the debate between their respective spouses
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton greets Melania Trump ahead of the debate between their respective spouses

Both candidates concluded the first presidential debate by saying they will accept the outcome if the other wins.

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