Republican Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (Qin Lang/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS)
Democrat Hillary Clinton, right, and Republican Donald Trump during their first presidential debate on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 in Hempstead, N.Y. (Qin Lang/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS)
TENSIONS RISE. Republican candidate, Donald Trump, left and Hillary Clinton, right, during their first presidential debate on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 in Hempstead, N.Y. photo/Qin Lang/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the first presidential debate at Hofstra University on Monday, Sept. 26. NBC Nightly News anchor, Lester Holt’s questions explored three areas: America’s prosperity, securing America and America’s direction. The candidates received two minutes to respond.

Candidates Quarrel

The candidates immediately clashed on subjects regarding America’s prosperity. Trump spoke about cutting taxes and preventing job outsourcing, while Clinton focused on equal pay for women and paid family leave. She argued against Trump’s economic policies as favoring the wealthy class.

“I call it trumped-up trickle-down, because that’s exactly what it would be,” Clinton said.

While Trump consistently refuted arguments, Clinton controlled the debate. She attacked his business record, calling him the “King of Debt.”

“[Trump] even at one time suggested that [he] would try to negotiate down the national debt of the United States,” Clinton said.

Trump stood his ground.

“I take advantage of the laws of the nation because I’m running a company. My obligation right now is to do well for myself, my family, my employees, for my companies,” Trump said.

Tensions remained high as the candidates argued back and forth. Holt asked Trump why he would not release his tax returns. A pivotal moment for him transpired.

“I will release my tax returns against my lawyers’ wishes, when [Clinton] releases her 30,000 deleted emails,” Trump said.

Later in the debate, the candidates discussed racial issues and crime. Trump offered a concise solution- law and order. His opponent took a different direction.

“We need to restore trust and tackle the plague of gun violence,” Clinton said.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton brought contrasting opinions to the table. Each debater had shining moments throughout the night. Trump raised strong economic points and Clinton focused on national security. However, CNN’s post-debate poll shows 62 percent of the audience thought Hillary Clinton won.

Vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine will debate on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. The presidential candidates will debate again on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Washington University in St. Louis. 

By Caroline Casola

This is my second year on staff. I am a Dachshund connoisseur and love rewatching episodes of Arrested Development. You can catch me at the springs or at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant.

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