Monday, September 26, 2016

Round 1 goes to Hillary Clinton

With polls nationally and in battleground states showing the race for president a dead heat, Monday night's debate - the first between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - was the biggest test yet in a blockbuster election year.

For the tens of millions of Americans watching the faceoff, televised live from Hofstra University, this was a chance, finally, to evaluate the candidates side-by-side.

Clinton came into the debate with sky-high expectations, raised by her decades in public service and by Trump's inexperience. But that lack of political seasoning has served Trump well with voters drawn to an outsider, and many of his loyal fans might not be swayed by a showing in which he clearly was out of his depth.

Even so, Clinton scored more points than Trump did.

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