Blogger Candidate Forum is back after a much needed holiday and not a minute sooner. It is game day. The Great Debate, round one, brought to you by Commission on Presidential Debates. Secretary of State and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton goes head to head with Republican nominee Mr. Donald Trump. This is being touted as an epic battle between the two major party candidates. The question for her is can she overcome the trust issues she faces. For him; can he appear presidential? This is the first of three presidential debates. The moderator is NBC's Lester Holt, who is responsible for the questions, the topics, and maintaining a sense of decorum. The format is as follows: 90 minutes, divided into 6-15 minute segments within three thirty minute sections. Alright fans and followers, it is go time.
Jobs-central to this
Why is HRC a better choice for creating jobs
Build economy from the bottom. Jobs in infrastructure, clean energy; small business. Make economy fairer equal pay. Profit sharing. Paid family leave. Debt free college. Paid sick day
DT-Jobs being shipped out to China and Mexico. Mexico building plants. Jobs leaving the Midwest. Reducing corporate taxes to create jobs. Renegotiate trade deals
HRC-Need smart fair trade. Reward work. Trickle down economics doesn't work. DT believes that if you help the wealthy it'll work it's down
DT- How will he bring back company's and jobs. Renegotiate defective trade deals. Politicians should been for years. US owes 22 trillion dollars. Not let the company's leave. Tax products being imported from American companies overseas
HRC-Remind of economic crisis eight years ago. DT rooted for housing collapse. Warn against returning to failed policy. DT tax plan blow up economy cause job loss and recession. Make investment in where we can grow economy. Clean energy. Tries to be specific about what can be done.
DT-Invested in solar panels-disaster. Blames POTUS for tripling debt. Do better job of keeping jobs. Why is HRC just starting to thinking about it now
HRC-In nineties incomes went up. Trade bills in Senate does create jobs and enhance economy. Trade not only part of the economy. Knows how to create jobs
DT interrupt. Hates NAFTA. MS remains calm
NAFTA considered the gold standard. DT loosing his temper. New jobs with rising incomes. Strong growth; fair growth, sustained growth. Her plan create 10million jobs, his lose jobs. Accused of regulating company out of business. DT plan would add 5 trillion to the debt. Raise taxes on wealthy and corporation. DT got zinged.
Defend tax increase
DT-wealthy will create jobs. Great thing for the middle class. Bring 2-1/2 trillion back from overseas. Companies leaving country because of too high taxes.
HRC-zinged DT again. Looked at what DT proposed Trump loophole 4 million tax benefit. Trumped up trickle down. Slashing taxes on wealthy doesn't work. Investing in middle class. Making college debt. Broad based inclusive economy
DT- HRC all talk no action. Worst revival of economy. Big fat ugly bubble. Fed more political.
DT is under routine audit and promises to release taxes someday. Filled out candidate financial statement. US has trade deficit. IRS allows release taxes while under audit. Will release taxes as soon as HRC releases emails.
HRC-bait and switch. For 40 years candidates release taxes. Why won't DT release taxes. Not as rich, charitable, owes money, paid nothing in federal taxes. Zero for troops, vet, schools. Might be trying to hide something terrible. American people deserve to see. No reason to believe he will release return. What are the conflicts. Email-made mistake with private server
DT-said it was done on purpose. Learn more from financial disclosure. Extremely under leveraged. Offers to give list of banks. Says country needs a president who knows something about money. We owe 23 trillion. Spent 6 trillion in Middle East. Serious debtor nation. Country. needs new infrastructure.
HRC-main claim by DT is business experience. Refused to pay contractors for work completed. Taken business bankruptcy six times.
DT-boasting of his company's success. Four times used laws of a nation. Running a company obligation to do well for his family and employees. Opening hotel under budget and ahead of schedule. Trump International is ahead of schedule and under budget
HRC-race is a determinant for where people live, school, jobs, dealing with problems live. Restore trust between police and community. Better training. People should be respected by the law and respect the law. Lay out plan for reform. Bring community together to work toward those goals. Tackle the plague of gun violence
DT-need law and order. Inner cities-Afro-Americans and Latinos live in hell. Cites Chicago-4,000
people killed. Stop and frisk. Gangs of illegal immigrants with guns roaming the streets. Protect the Afro-American communities.
LH-remind DT that stop and frisk was ruled unconstitutional.
DT- Need more police. Better community relations. Brings up Dallas shootings. Need law and order in the cities. Afro-Americans and Latinos most affected.
HRC-believes in community policing. Stop and frisk was ruled unconstitutional. Must address systemic racism. Deal with mandatory minimum. Ending federal private prisons. Diversion and second chance programs. Sensible gun control. Pass prohibition to buy a gun of a person is on the terrorist watch list. Implicit bias-a problem in policing. Police admits it's an issue. Deal with mental health issues. Allocate money for training on implicit bias
DT-Wants to take guns away from gangs. Defending stop and frisk. Had tremendous impact on New York City
HRC-remind DT that murders are down NYC. Important to learn what had been effective. No should disagree about respecting the people who live in the communities.
DT-Afro-American communities been badly used by politicians. Upset by politicians
LH-question about DT birther issue
DT-blames HRC campaign for birther issue. Wants to move to more important. What changed his his mind. Got POTUS to produce birth certificate from Hawaii.
LH- racial healing
DT-believes that he developed great relations with Afro-American by producing POTUS birth certificate.
HRC-DT started political activity with racist lie. Started career by being sued by the DOJ for racial discrimination in housing.
DT-accuses HRC of being disrespecting POTUS. Settled suit with zero admission of guilt. Lawsuit brought against many real estate firms. Opened club in Palm Beach says its inclusive
HRC-cybersecurity biggest 21st century challenge. Commercial purpose and national entities- Russia, China, Iran. Not permit state actor to go after our information. Will defined the citizens of this country. Unacceptable for DT to invite Vladimir Putim to hack into American citizens.
DT-reminder of endorsements by military and ICE and Boarder Patrol.
DT-ISIS beating us with the Internet.
HRC-plan to defeat IS with cyber and military. Take out Is leadership and disrupt propaganda
LH-prevent home grow attacks
DT-POTUS and HRC created vacuum when we got out of Iraq. Should've take oil.
HRC-DT supported invasion in Iraqand urged Kaadafi to be taken out. G.W. Bush made agreement about troops in Iraq. How to defeat lone wolves. Intelligence surge. Work with NATO and Mid-eastern countries and communities.
DT-Mid East a mess. NATO-countries aren't paying their fair share. Could be obsolete. Do not focus on terror. NATO is opening up major terror unit. Takes credit for it. Wants NATO in Middle East.
LH-asks about DT support of war in Iraq
DT- vehemently denies it. Says he has a winning temperament.
HRC-article 5. Attack on one is an attack on all. Invoked after 9/11. Iran-weeks away from building a nuclear. Imposed sanctions on Iran. POTUS and Sec Kerry got them to table and sign an agreement. Didn't care if other nations got nuclear weapons. Casual attitude about nuclear weapons is dangerous.
DT-nuclear weapons is greatest threat. Japan and Germany doesn't pay their fair share. May have to defend themselves
DT-not keeping up with other countries. Not support first strike but nothing is off the table. China and Iran should deal with North Korea and Yemen. Goes back to Iran Deal-lead to nuclear problems
MS-reassure allies we have and honor mutual defense treaties. Look at entire global situation. DT should reveal what his plan to deal with Iran. Campaign followed around the world. Stand up to those who would destabilize the world.
DT-wants to help allies and defeat IS. Losing billions playing global police officer. Not taken care of during MS tenure.
Makes sexist comment. Lacks stamina.
HRC-calls out DT's sexism.
DT-trying to make himself out as a saint.
LH-are the candidates willing to support the outcome of election
HRC-yes. Vote like your future depends on it
DT-no clue. Says he will support the outcome.