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Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump’s refusal to promise to accept results of the presidential election “horrifying.”
She said Trump has a history of calling things rigged, including the Republican primary, the court system handling a case against Trump University and the Emmys.
Clinton says the U.S. has a tradition of accepting election outcomes, and any general election candidate must be expected to do that.
Donald Trump is again refusing to promise that he’d accept defeat on Nov. 8 if Americans choose Hillary Clinton as the 45th president.
The Republican nominee says he’ll “look at it at the time.” He was responding to moderator Chris Wallace’s specific questions about whether he would honor the American tradition of the presidential loser conceding to the president-elect.
When Wallace pressed him again, Trump responded again that he’d “keep you in suspense.”
Trump has argued that the national media is trying to rig the election. He is again stating without any evidence that “millions” of registered voters “shouldn’t be registered.”
And he suggests Clinton would be an illegitimate president because of her use of a private email server when secretary of state. He says she “never should have been allowed to run.”
Final presidential debate
Donald Trump is saying his foundation is a benefit to society.
Trump was responding to attacks from Hillary Clinton over his foundation spending money on a portrait of himself. He said it is a small, personal foundation that he donates to.
The Washington Post has reported that Trump hasn’t donated to his foundation for years. It also cited records showing Trump used foundation money to settle a legal dispute against his club, Mar-a-Lago.
Trump denied his foundation has done this.
Donald Trump says the Clinton Foundation is a “criminal enterprise” and is calling on Hillary Clinton to have the foundation return money it’s received from countries with repressive human rights regimes. There is no evidence the Clinton Foundation has broken any laws.
Trump also says the Clinton Foundation’s work in Haiti was a “disgrace.”
Clinton says she is “thrilled” to discuss the foundation’s work, and says it is a world-renowned charity that has helped millions of people. She also says there was no improper connection between the foundation’s donors and those awarded contracts to help rebuild Haiti after it suffered a devastating earthquake.
Donald Trump is suggesting that accusations of his inappropriate behavior with women over the years were started by Hillary Clinton and her “sleazy campaign.”
Asked about the many women who have come forward to accuse Trump, the Republican presidential nominee called the accusations “fiction” and blamed Clinton. But he then quickly pivoted.
Trump accused Clinton of deleting her emails while serving as secretary of state to hide potentially disclosing classified information, saying “she’s lied hundreds of times to the people, to Congress and to the FBI.”
Clinton responded that when Trump “is pushed” on any major issue, he immediately unleashes denials that are bullying and beside the point. Trump responded, “Wrong.”
Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama paid people to incite violence ahead of his planned rally in Chicago earlier this year.
There’s no clear evidence of that.
Trump was referencing secretly record, selectively edited video footage released this week by conservative activist James O’Keefe. Among the footage was a woman who says she was at the Chicago event in March, which Trump canceled because of safety concerns.
The woman, identified as Zulema Rodriguez, has attended several Trump events as a protester. Rodriguez said on the O’Keefe recordings that she was paid to be in Chicago. Federally filed finance reports show she was paid about $1,600 by the campaign at the end of February, before the Chicago rally.
Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump “thinks belittling women makes him bigger.” And she’s accusing him of going after women’s “dignity” and “self-worth.”
Clinton is making the case against Trump’s treatment of women, saying, “I don’t think there’s a woman anywhere who doesn’t know what that feels like.”
Clinton’s comments come in response to allegations from several women that Trump groped or kissed them without consent. He’s denying the charges. But Clinton is noting that he brushed off the remarks by belittling several of the women’s appearances.
Trump is denying he suggested some of the women weren’t attractive enough to win his attention. But he said of one recently, “believe me, she would not be my first choice.”
Donald Trump says claims by women who say he groped them have been largely debunked, even though they have not.
Trump is also claiming in Wednesday’s debate that he thinks Hillary Clinton’s campaign is behind the women coming forward, even though there is no evidence of that, either. Trump says, “I believe she got these people to step forward.” He calls the women’s stories “lies and fiction.” He says, “I don’t know those people.”
Clinton says, “Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger.” She says Trump attacks women’s dignity and self-worth and says: “That’s who Donald is. I think it’s up to us to demonstrate who we are.”
Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton may have more experience than he does, “but it’s bad experience.”
He says, “The problem is, you talk, but you don’t get anything done, Hillary.”
Clinton is responding by comparing her record over the decades to Trump’s.
She notes that on the day she was in the White House’s situation room during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Trump was hosting the NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice.” She says, “I’m happy to compare my 30 years of experience” to Trump’s.
Donald Trump is back to his usual bluster on the debate stage.
The GOP nominee had largely held his tongue during the first half-hour of Wednesday’s final debate, speaking only when called on and not interrupting.
But Trump appears to be sliding back to his usual bluster as he and Hillary Clinton discuss Russia and nuclear weapons.
“Wrong!” he declared at one point, interrupting Clinton.
Later, Clinton said she would “translate” Trump’s plan to reform the tax code.
Trump interjected, “You can’t.”
Donald Trump is making a misleading charge that Hillary Clinton will double “your taxes.”
Clinton’s tax plan would only raise taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent. Even then it would only add 4 percent to the top rate, not double it. She would require people making more than $1 million annually to pay at least 30 percent in federal taxes. She’d also limit some tax deductions.
So the only people whose taxes could be doubled are those making a large amount of money and paying very little in taxes.
Trump has proposed a large across-the-board tax cut. Analysts say he’d actually raise taxes on some single parents because of the structure of the plan.
Hillary Clinton is continuing to defend Democratic economic priorities as the way to help the most Americans.
She insists her tax-and-spending priorities would “not add a penny to the debt,” because she would raise taxes on top-income earners while investing in programs she says will benefit middle-class Americans and grow the economy.
She says her philosophy is to “invest from the middle out and the ground up, not the top down.” She says Republican Donald Trump proposes tax plans tilted toward the wealthiest Americans.
Clinton is also defending President Barack Obama’s economic record.
Donald Trump says his plan to boost the economy is to make the United States’ rich allies pay more for military support and to renegotiate trade deals. Trump also says he would cut taxes “massively.”
Trump is naming several allies he says could afford to pay the U.S. for its spending on defense.
He says, “Saudi Arabia, nothing but money. We protect Saudi Arabia, why aren’t they paying?”
The Republican presidential nominee is also criticizing current trade deals, saying he would renegotiate them to get better terms for the U.S. or leave them.
Trump says NAFTA, signed by former President Bill Clinton, was one of the “worst deals ever” and was causing U.S. jobs to flee to Mexico and other countries.
Hillary Clinton says she will grow the American economy by focusing on the middle class and building the largest job-creation program since World War II.
Asked to detail her economic strategy, Clinton says she wants to create new clean energy jobs that will also help the environment.
She pledges to raise the national minimum wage and declares that women should get “equal pay for the work we do,” meaning reducing the wage gap with their male counterparts.
Clinton also calls for more early education and technical training in high schools, and to reduce student debt — all of which will be difficult without major public spending increases.
Donald Trump says he “of course” condemns Russia or any other country interfering in the U.S. elections.
Still, he says he doesn’t necessarily believe Russia hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia is behind the hacks.
Trump says Russian President Vladimir Putin is not “my best friend,” but says the Russian leader has “outsmarted” Clinton repeatedly. Democrats have slammed Trump for calling Putin a stronger leader than President Barack Obama.
Trump is alleging Clinton has allowed Russia to expand its nuclear weapons.
Clinton, in response, says Trump is “cavalier” about nuclear weapons, pointing to his past statements suggesting more countries should have nuclear power.
The two have repeatedly sparred over Russia’s role in the world, with Democrats alleging Trump would strengthen Moscow and Trump saying Clinton is too weak to take on Putin.
Donald Trump is disagreeing with U.S. intelligence officials who have concluded that Russia has hacked political emails.
Hillary Clinton notes that some of Donald Trump’s foreign policies line up with Russia’s and that he’s called for Russian hackers to find her emails. She contends that Russia hacked her campaign’s emails to help Trump. The emails were recently released through the web site WikiLeaks.
Trump says Clinton has no idea if Russia or someone else was behind the hacks. Clinton counters that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia is the culprit.
Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton supports open borders for immigration and he’s quoting from hacked emails released by WikiLeaks to prove it.
Trump is quoting part of the speech that was kept secret before the hacked emails were released. Clinton said in a private speech that her “dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.”
Clinton correctly points out that she went on to say that vision includes “energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.”
She says she was talking about open borders for energy, not immigration.
What is this that the presidential candidates have been talking about?
Oh, it’s policy!
So far in this third debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are debating their very different approaches to some of the country’s stickiest issues: gun rights, abortion and immigration.
That’s a striking turnabout from how the previous two debates have unfolded in their earliest moments. Last time the two met, in St. Louis, the debate moderators began by asking about the increasingly negative tone of the campaign, focusing on a 2005 video of Trump making predatory comments about women.
This time, right off the top in Las Vegas, it was all policy.
There are signs the issues focus may not last: Clinton and Trump have begun sniping at each other about ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump “choked” during a meeting with the Mexican president when he failed to bring up his own plan to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it.
Clinton says she voted for border security and believes the U.S. is a country of laws, but also a nation of immigrants.
She said she’s against ripping families apart, noting that there are an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country who have 4 million American-citizen children.
She is portraying Trump’s deportation plan as a logistical nightmare, saying it would force a “massive law enforcement presence” and require shipping people from the country in trains and buses.
She says she would push for an immigration reform plan within her first 100 days of office.
Hillary Clinton is accusing Donald Trump of employing immigrants in the country illegally.
The Democratic presidential nominee charges that her Republican opponent “exploit(ed) undocumented workers.”
Trump is not refuting the charge. He is repeating his promise to deport millions of immigrants in the country illegally if elected. He notes that President Barack Obama has also deported millions of immigrants.
Trump hired a contracting firm that employed immigrants in the country to help build Trump Tower in New York. He settled a related court case out of court.
Donald Trump is highlighting his hard-line immigration strategy as a way to get “bad hombres” out of the United States.
The Republican presidential hopeful reaffirms he would build a wall on the Mexican border and deport “some bad, bad people in this country,” then figure out who could be readmitted. He blames some “bad hombres here” for drug epidemics around the country, and he promises “we’re going to get ’em out.”
Trump’s proposal for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border helped fuel his rise to the Republican Party nomination.
He is misrepresenting Hillary Clinton’s immigration policy. He says she supports “open borders” and “amnesty” for people already here illegally.
Clinton supports a more lenient policy than Trump. But she still supports a comprehensive immigration overhaul that would include requiring people here illegally to pay back taxes and other penalties.
A much more disciplined and restrained Donald Trump is on stage at the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas.
Trump spent much of the first two debates constantly interrupting rival Hillary Clinton and drawing attention to himself as she spoke with his pacing and animated facial expressions.
This time, Trump is largely waiting to speak until he’s asked questions and declining to interrupt — even when Clinton accused him of calling for women to be punished if abortions are outlawed.
While Trump did say that during a town hall event, he later issued a statement clarifying that was not his stance.
Hillary Clinton is adamant that government should stay out of women’s health issues.
Clinton is pushing back forcefully in responding to Donald Trump’s criticism of Clinton’s support for women to be able to have late-term abortions.
“This is one of the worst possible choices that any woman and her family has to make, and I do not believe the government should be making it,” Clinton said.
Clinton notes that she has traveled to countries where governments have forced women to have abortions or to have children.
Hillary Clinton says she supports a woman’s right to undergo a late-term abortion, saying “the United States government shouldn’t be stepping in” on “the most-personal” of decisions.
Clinton says current federal law protects “partial-birth” abortion and she would keep it that way as president. She says she has met women undergoing the “heartbreaking” procedure for health reasons.
Donald Trump says, “I think it’s terrible.” He is likening partial-birth abortions to allowing women to “rip the baby out of the womb” in the ninth month or even on the last day of pregnancy.
Donald Trump says he thinks Roe v. Wade will “automatically” be overturned if he is elected because he will appoint justices who oppose abortion rights.
Trump says he is against abortion rights but did not give a straight answer on whether he personally thinks the landmark abortion case should be overturned. He is saying he will appoint justices who would likely do so.
Trump says it would then be up to states to decide whether abortion should remain legal and what restrictions should be placed on it.
Hillary Clinton says she’ll strongly defend Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood.
Hillary Clinton is criticizing one of the Supreme Court’s biggest recent decisions.
Clinton disagrees with the 2008 Heller decision that found the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to bear arms for self-defense.
Clinton says she supports the Second Amendment but thinks the court prevented a reasonable attempt to make guns safer. It struck down the District of Columbia’s requirements for a trigger lock on all guns.
Republican Donald Trump says this is one of the reasons supporters of the Second Amendment don’t trust Clinton.
Donald Trump is opening the final presidential debate by promising to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will uphold Second Amendment gun rights, saying it is “under such trauma.”
The first question in Wednesday’s debate focused on what kind of justices Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton would appoint to the high court.
Trump says he would appoint judges who are “pro-life,” have a “conservative bent” and will protect gun ownership rights.
Trump says, “The Supreme Court is what it’s all about.” He says it’s “imperative that we have the right justices.”
Trump has released the name of 20 potential nominees to the Supreme Court and has emphasized the high number of potential appointments the next president may make.
Trump also says the Constitution should be interpreted “the way the founders wanted it.”
Hillary Clinton says she supports a Supreme Court that stands “on the side of the American people” and not the “powerful corporations and the wealthy.”
The Democrat’s comments were part of her first response in Wednesday night’s third and final debate.
The former secretary of state specifically said the nation’s high court should not reverse its decisions on abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Clinton said it should, however, reverse its Citizens United decision that allows “dark” money into politics.
She added that the Senate has a responsibility to act on a president’s Supreme Court pick.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have kicked off their third and final debate without shaking hands, continuing a break from decorum that began at their last showdown in St. Louis.
The two stepped onto the stage in Las Vegas from opposite sides, each briefly waving to the audience before immediately moving behind their podiums.
The less-than-civil tone extended to the candidates’ families. They, too, entered separately, unlike at the previous two debates, and did not cross paths or shake hands.
At the second debate, Bill Clinton and Melania Trump greeted each other before taking their seats. But that night Trump’s campaign had tried to parade three women who’d accused Clinton of sexual misconduct past him — a plan the nonpartisan debate commission nixed just before it could be carried out.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s long and acrimonious battle for the White House is speeding toward the end, with the candidates taking the debate stage Wednesday night for one final prime-time showdown.
For Trump, the debate is perhaps his last opportunity to turn around a race that appears to be slipping away. His predatory comments about women and a flood of sexual assault accusations have deepened his unpopularity with women and limited his pathways to victory. Trump has denied the accusations and his supporters remain intensely loyal, but there are few signs he’s attracting the new backers he desperately needs.
Clinton takes the stage with challenges of her own. While the electoral map currently leans in her favor, the Democrat is facing a new round of questions about her trustworthiness, concerns that have trailed her throughout the campaign. The hacking of her top campaign adviser’s emails revealed a candidate who is averse to apologizing, can strike a different tone in private than in public, and makes some decisions only after political deliberations.
The last in a trio of presidential debates, Wednesday’s contest in Las Vegas comes just under three weeks from Election Day and with early voting underway in more than 30 states. At least 2.1 million voters have cast ballots already.
Trump has leaned on an increasingly brazen strategy in the campaign’s closing weeks, including peddling charges that the election will be rigged, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud in U.S. presidential contests. H(s running mate, Mike Pence, has insisted they’ll accept the election results.
On Wednesday, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, seemed to undercut Trump’s argument by saying she didn’t believe there was widespread voter fraud.
“Absent overwhelming evidence that there is, it would not be for me to say that there is,” Conway told MSNBC.
Trump has also charged that Clinton attacked and intimidated women involved with her husband’s affairs, bringing three women who accused former President Bill Clinton of unwanted sexual contact and even rape to sit in the audience for the second debate. The former president has never been charged with crimes related to the encounters, though he did settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Trump is bringing President Barack Obama’s half brother, Trump supporter Malik Obama, as his debate guest Wednesday night. Clinton is bringing billionaire and frequent Trump critic Mark Cuban and Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman, one of the former secretary of state’s highest-profile Republican backers.
Republicans want Trump to close the campaign by focusing on Clinton’s weaknesses, a strategy some privately concede may not be enough at this point for him to win but could help GOP Senate candidates salvage their races.
The businessman has shown flashes of renewed focus in recent days, including highlighting recently released FBI documents detailing a senior State Department official’s request that the FBI help reduce the classification of an email from Clinton’s private server.
One of the FBI documents, the notes from an investigator’s interview with an unnamed bureau official, suggested the FBI and the State Department official had discussed a quid pro quo to let the FBI to deploy more agents in foreign countries. But the FBI and State Department said this week that the two issues, while discussed, had never been linked.
Campaigning Tuesday in Colorado, Trump called the matter “felony corruption” and worse than the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon. The Republican National Committee said Wednesday it had written the State Department’s inspector general requesting a “full investigation,” though the inspector general already looked into the broader issue of Clinton’s emails classification last year.
Clinton, who has meticulously prepared for the three debates at the expense of time in battleground states, visibly rattled Trump in their first showdown by using his own controversial comments about women and minorities against him. The businessman was on the defense at the start of the second debate — which came days after the release of a video in which he brags about kissing and grabbing women — but ended on stronger footing, hammering Clinton for being a creature of Washington who won’t be able to bring about change.
The Republican has acquiesced to some advisers who pressed for him to do more serious debate preparations. Still, he’s continued to eschew the mock debates and multiday prep sessions for which he’s mocked Clinton.
“She’s been doing this for 30 years and now she has to do debate prep for five days,” Trump said. “You know what the debate prep is? It’s resting. It’s lying down and going to sleep.”