Monday marked the first presidential debate in the 2016 election, with Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton going head to head for 90 minutes.
The debate was hosted at Hofstra University in New York and moderated by Lester Holt.
Much was said between the two candidates during that time, but here are some of the highlights and memorable moments from the first of three debates.
The candidates on taxes and economy
Trump said he plans to lower taxes for businesses (down to 15 per cent) in order to keep American companies from leaving to work in other countries, as well as to bring new business to the U.S.
“Our jobs are fleeing the country, they’re going to Mexico and many other countries.”
But Clinton referred to Trump’s plan as “Trumped-Up trickle-down economics,” which she said is bad for the country.
She called out Trump for supporting tax breaks to the wealthy, and said his plan would bring America back to the recession it was in eight years ago.
She reminded the audience that Trump once said he hoped there was a housing crisis so he could benefit from it.
“That’s called business, by the way,” interrupted Trump.
When the mediator asked Trump if the American people have a right to see his income tax returns – as every other candidate before him has provided – he said he’s in the middle of an audit and will release them when the audit is finished.
But the mediator explained the IRS has said Trump can release his tax returns during an audit without issue, to which Trump said he’ll release that information when Clinton releases her 33,000 deleted emails.
Clinton went on to say that it was likely Trump isn’t releasing his tax returns because he is “hiding something terrible.”
“That he isn’t as rich as he says he is, or as charitable as he says he is…”
She brought attention to one tax return of Trumps’ that was released and showed he had not paid any taxes. To which Trump interjected, “that means I’m smart.”
Denying statements that are on the record
Both candidates were caught denying their own previous statements that were on the record.
Clinton accused Trump of calling climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese, which Trump denied saying; however, in a 2012 tweet Trump said “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Trump then accused Clinton of referring to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as the “gold standard” of trade agreements. Clinton says she actually said “I hoped it would be a great deal.”
On a 2012 trip to Australia, Clinton goes on the record as saying the deal that was taking shape the “gold standard” of trade agreements.
The two candidates, and moderator, argued over whether Trump was in support of the Iraq war. Holt says Trump is on the record making this statement, but Trump calls it “mainstream media nonsense.”
Other statements were made during the debate that were deemed unfactual.
The candidates on race issues in America
Clinton said that the issue of implicit bias is everywhere and affects everyone.
“Race remains a significant challenge in our country, unfortunately race often determines too much.”
Her plan to heal the divide includes restoring trust within the community and re-training police officers and offering more second chance programs. She also called for comprehensive background checks.
Trump said what the country needs is law and order, and disagreed with Holt and Clinton’s claims that the “stop and frisk” policy is unconstitutional and targets minorities.
“We have many gangs roaming the streets and in many cases they’re illegally here. They’re illegal immigrants.”
Clinton said Trump has a long history of racist behaviour, including his years-long push to have President Obama release his birth certificate.
Trump said that not only does he have a “very, very good” relationship with African Americans, but that his persistence in proving that Obama was born in the U.S. was a “service to the African community.”
As the debate reached its closing minutes, Trump denied saying that Clinton “doesn’t have the presidential look,” but insisted that she doesn’t have the stamina.
He also went on to say that he had “much better judgement and much better temperament” than Clinton.
Clinton brought up his previous comments towards women, calling them “pigs” and saying that pregnancy was a “burden on employers.” But Trump defended his negative comments towards Rosie O’Donnell in particular, saying she deserved it.