[VIDEO] Presidential Debate Highlights & Results: Who Won the First Presidential Debate?

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Who won the presidential debate? That’s the question everyone is asking, now that the highly anticipated face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton put both of the presidential candidates to the test. If you missed the presidential debate results last night, we’ve got the facts you need to know. The presidential debate live stream, which aired Monday, September 26 at 9:00 p.m. EST on CNN, was the first time the rivals went head-to-head, pointing out their opponent’s weaknesses and rebutting their own accused faults. It was one of the most anticipated events of the year! Without further ado, here are the presidential debate highlights.

Worldwide Coverage

The presidential debate video aired on CNN, Fox News, and CSPAN, but practically every major news source in the country was showing coverage of the event. YouTube also has a variety of videos where you can review the excitement that occurred during the emotional and challenging debate, or watch commentaries by political experts and critics. The presidential debate went on for a total of 90 minutes and for some, that was more drama than they could handle. Thankfully, it was an opportunity to see the candidates attempt to put their best foot forward to tackle challenging questions and answer them as efficiently as possible during the time period.

Who Won the First Presidential Debate of 2016?

Early on into the debate, Hillary Clinton appeared to be the front runner. She addressed issues of racism in the judicial system, the gun control measures she wishes to implement, ISIS terror, and the American troops in Iraq among many other issues. Her profound experience in government functioning showed in the way she addressed the questions posed by moderator, Lestor Holt.

Donald Trump also had points worth listening to, but it appeared that he wanted his opinions to be heard before addressing any question that was posed. He mostly agreed with Clinton’s views, but not with her actions. His possible “low point” in the debate was when he was unable to put the “birther” theory (that President Obama is not a natural-born American) aside, to reply appropriately to the issue of racial crimes. Also, his constant interjections of the word “wrong” while Clinton spoke didn’t make for good conduct either.


Clinton completely overwhelmed Trump by pointing his contradictions on the spot. On the Iraq invasion, she said that Trump “supported the invasion of Iraq.” Trump denied it and claimed it was a media hoax.

Russia is still a sore thumb for America and the issue of the system hacks of democratic organizations was a major debate point. Clinton questioned Trump’s friendship with Russian president, Vladimir Putin and Trump suggested that China could be behind the hacking.

Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns was also brought up again. Moderator Holt said that the IRS wouldn’t stop him from disclosing his tax returns and Trump (true to his style of response to such questions) said that he’d only disclose his tax records if Clinton made her emails public.


Perhaps, the best moment when Clinton showed her determination to win was when Trump said that she’s been sitting at home, while he was on the road campaigning. Hillary retorted that she was preparing for this debate and that she’s preparing to be president too. This comment won her applause.

Trump’s tax reduction promise was brought up time and again, while the candidates went back and forth about trade deals and raising employment levels. Clinton was more on the defense regarding the economic issues, but she was able to make up for it with her strong concrete plans for tackling ISIS and racial violence.

With the first round of the presidential debate finished, political analysts largely agree that Hillary Clinton was the clear winner. Her experience in public service spoke volumes and gave her an inch above Donald Trump.

The next presidential debate will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Watch the highlights of the first presidential debate below:


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