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ABC News(NEW YORK) — It's been 20 years since Alicia Machado was crowned Miss Universe. Now, the former beauty queen has become a part of the U.S. presidential campaign after her experience with Donald Trump was brought up in Monday's presidential debate.

Machado was 19 years old when she won the Miss Universe contest in 1996, the same year Trump took over the pageant. She said Trump publicly humiliated her when she started putting on weight. He allegedly called her names like "Miss Piggy," "Miss Housekeeping" and "Miss Eating Machine," and he invited the press to watch her work out, according to Machado.

"As a mother, I am very worried he could be president," Machado told ABC News in an interview that aired on Good Morning America Wednesday. "Maybe he will be saying bad things about me or try and discredit to me. But it's OK, I'm strong."

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton brought up the controversy with Machado during the debate, adding that Trump has called women "pigs, slobs and dogs."

"And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them," Clinton said from the debate stage at Hofstra University in Hemptstead, New York. "And he called this woman 'Miss Piggy.' Then he called her 'Miss Housekeeping,' because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado, and she has become a U.S. citizen. And you can bet she’s going to vote this November.”

Machado said she has suffered from eating disorders after the experience.

"I don't like to remember that moment," she explained. "I had a lot of problems."

Machado became an American citizen in May and said she plans to vote for Clinton in November.

Trump has since pushed back against the criticism regarding his treatment of Machado, saying "she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem."

"She was the winner, and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem," the real estate mogul said of Machado during an interview on Fox News' Fox & Friends Tuesday morning. "We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude, and we had a real problem with her."

Trump went on to compare Machado with other Miss Universe winners, describing her as "the worst we ever had."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — The conflict between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump over racial and gender issues in Monday’s debate reflects a deep divide in voter attitudes: views on the influence of men, women and racial groups in society are closely related to vote preferences.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, mainly released Sunday, finds that majorities of Hillary Clinton’s supporters believe minorities and women have too little influence in American society, while half say men and whites have too much influence. For all his outsider appeal, Donald Trump’s supporters, by contrast, are far more apt to endorse the status quo in this regard.

All told, the survey, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that about half of Americans think women, men and whites have about the right amount of influence in society these days. Fewer — three in 10 — say the same about racial and ethnic minorities.

Of the rest, many more say women have too little rather than too much influence (42 vs. 10 percent). The gap also is wide for minorities (40 percent say they have too little influence, 23 percent too much). In contrast, Americans overall are more apt to say men and whites have too much rather than too little influence, 37 vs. 9 percent for men, 34 vs. 12 percent for whites.

The divisions among Clinton and Trump supporters are deep. Two-thirds of Clinton supporters say minorities have too little influence in the country these days, while just 17 percent of Trump supporters agree. Among Clinton supporters, 58 percent say women have too little influence; only 21 percent of Trump’s say the same.

Further, 50 percent of Clinton’s backers say men have too much influence, and 53 percent say the same about whites. That view plummets to 20 and 8 percent, respectively, among Trump voters.

Instead, roughly two-thirds of Trump supporters say women, whites and men alike have about the right amount of influence. Four in 10 Trump supporters say minorities have the right amount of influence — and as many say they have too much.

These results stand up in a statistical model. Controlling for demographics, partisanship, ideology and presidential approval, seeing too little influence for whites and men and too much influence for minorities and women independently predicts support for Trump. Other than disapproval of Barack Obama, which is by far the best predictor of support for Trump, views of group influence have a similar effect as partisanship, ideology and race.

Holding these pro-Trump views — that is, seeing too little influence for whites and men and too much influence for minorities and women — peaks among strong conservatives and core Trump supporters, those who wanted him to win the GOP presidential nomination. It’s also more prevalent among conservatives overall, people who disapprove of Obama’s job performance or feel they’ve gotten worse off financially under his presidency, men and older, less-educated and less well-off Americans.

Conversely, the opinion that whites and men have too much influence, and minorities and women have too little, tops out among strong liberals and those who supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.


Democrats and liberals are more apt to see too little influence for minorities and women, and too much for whites and men, while Republicans and conservatives generally are OK with the current state of affairs. Independents and moderates, as they often do, fall in between.

Education also is a factor. About half of college graduates say minorities and women have too little influence, 15 and 12 percentage points more than non-graduates. And 45 percent of college graduates say whites have too much influence, 15 points more than non-graduates.

Perhaps surprisingly, women are only somewhat more likely than men to say that men have too much power (42 vs. 32 percent) and that women have too little power (46 vs. 39 percent.) Another gap is wider: Minorities are more apt to think that whites have too much influence rather than too little influence (44 vs. 11 percent, peaking at 55-13 percent among blacks). Whites, by contrast, divide 29-12 percent on whether whites have too much or too little influence, with 55 percent it’s about right.

The impact of education and gender is magnified when looking at the two key groups of whites, non-college white men and college-educated white women. Among white women with a four-year degree, 46 percent say whites have too much influence. Among non-college white men, just 21 percent agree. Similarly, while 53 percent of college-educated white women think men have too much influence, only 28 percent of non-college white men feel the same.


This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone Sept. 19-22, 2016, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults, including 651 likely voters. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect, for the full sample, and 4.5 points for likely voters. Partisan divisions are 33-23-36 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents, in the full sample, and 37-27-28 among likely voters.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y. See details on the survey’s methodology here.

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Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — More than 84 million people watched Monday's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, topping the all-time record of 80.6 million set back in 1980, when Jimmy Carter squared off against Ronald Reagan, according to Nielsen.

Overall, 13 networks aired Monday's event, whose audience broke a 36-year watermark for the presidential debates.

The debate drove traffic online as well, with 17.1 million Twitter interactions from 2.7 million people in the U.S. related to the "Presidential Debate," Nielsen said.

The last round of debates, between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, topped out at 67.2 million viewers.

Other notable draws include the 1992 debates between Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot, which drew a peak audience of nearly 70 million viewers.

Monday's debate audience put the presidential race's signature event in a league with the most-watched event on television.

With more than 114 million viewers, Superbowl 50's match-up last year between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks was the most watched event in U.S. television history, according to Nielsen data.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) -- Hillary Clinton came out swinging against Donald Trump Tuesday after the first presidential debate of the general-election season, criticizing his post-performance gripes, questioning his wealth and suggesting a "strong probability" the GOP nominee has not paid federal income taxes in years.

“He actually bragged about gaming the system to get out of paying his fair share of taxes,” Clinton said while campaigning in North Carolina Tuesday, referring to an exchange from Monday night’s debate. “In fact, I think there's a strong probability he hasn't paid federal taxes a lot of years.”

She added, “When I confronted him with the reasons why he won't release his tax returns and I got to that point where I said, ‘Well, maybe he's paid zero,’ he said that makes him smart. Now, if not paying taxes makes him smart, what does that make all the rest of us?”

Clinton, who took several days off the campaign trail to prepare for the candidates' first face-off together, also said her opponent was ill-prepared.

"He made it very clear that he didn't prepare for that debate," she told the crowd of roughly 1,400. "At one point he was kind of digging me for spending time off the campaign trail to get prepared. But just trying to keep track of everything he says took a lot of time and effort."

Trump called in to Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, at one point saying he thought he had microphone issues during Monday night’s debate. But he later said it must have been working well enough to pick up his breathing when it sounded like he was sniffling.

Clinton reacted Tuesday morning aboard her campaign plane, saying, “Anyone who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.”

Asked by reporters whether she thinks Trump will skip the remaining two debates next month -- as he and some of his surrogates have suggested -- she said she’ll be there, no matter what.

“Well, I’m going to show up. He gets to decide what he’s going to do,” Clinton said. “But I will be there in St. Louis and then after that in Las Vegas.”

She added, “If I’m the only person onstage, well, you know, I’m the only person onstage.”

At her campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina Tuesday Clinton also took a veiled swipe at Trump’s wealth.

“One of my guests was Mark Cuban,” Clinton said, referring to businessman as “a real billionaire.”

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Xinhua/Qin Lang via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When Donald Trump was asked by debate moderator Lester Holt Monday night how he would prevent cyberattacks against the United States, the Republican nominee had an opportunity to hammer Hillary Clinton on her use of a private email server and her handling of classified information as secretary of state.

Instead, Trump suggested that a 400-pound hacker could have targeted the Democratic National Committee, accused Democratic officials of mistreating Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and praised his 10-year-old son’s “unbelievable” knack for computers.

The exchange was one of several missed opportunities for Trump in Monday’s presidential debate, according to congressional Republicans who tuned in to the much-anticipated matchup.

“I wish Trump would’ve hit some of the softballs a little harder,” said Rep. Dave Brat (R-Virginia) who watched the debate with colleagues.

Republicans expressed frustration that Holt did not ask any questions about the Clinton Foundation or the Benghazi attacks while challenging Trump on his record on the Iraq War and real estate career.

But lawmakers said the New York businessman should have taken every opportunity to bring up those issues, which have dogged Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“She might as well have emailed the Russians her email address!” Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Florida) exclaimed Tuesday about Clinton’s use of a private email server.

A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that just 36 percent of voters see Clinton as honest and trustworthy, compared with 45 percent for Trump.

Trump, who has never run for public office, held limited debate practice and did not take part in any mock debates, according to campaign advisers, while Clinton was still preparing as late as Monday afternoon.

Some top Republicans praised Trump for effectively making his case to American voters.

“I saw Hillary Clinton give a polished, well-rehearsed defense of the status quo,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) told reporters Tuesday. “I saw Donald Trump give a spirited voice to those of us who don’t like the status quo.”

Trump, Ryan continued, showed “for 90 minutes he could go toe to toe with Hillary Clinton.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said the debate “was very interesting.”

While many Republicans gathered to watch the debate in Washington, it wasn’t required viewing for everyone.

“I was on an airplane,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) told reporters.

Rep. John Katko (R-New York), who is in a tough re-election race in upstate New York, also declined to answer questions about the debate Tuesday.

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Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to the Sunday's ABC News/Washington Post poll, 17 percent of registered voters were planning on watching last night's presidential debate with an open mind, saying Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump's performances might change their minds about how they would vote.

Three young, undecided voters in three swing states spoke with ABC News about their first impressions the morning after that debate.

Lacey Dickinson, a 28-year-old non-profit staffer in Philadelphia, Pa. is torn between casting her ballot for Clinton or Green Party candidate, Jill Stein.

Carolyn Garavente, 24, a project manager from Greensboro, NC, has always identified as Republican but says she doesn't believe Trump represents her interests.

And Peter Macone, a 32-year-old restaurant manager from Manchester, NH says he hasn't been convinced to shift his support from Sen. Bernie Sanders to Clinton, and is weighing writing in the former Democratic candidate on principle.

With just six weeks to go until Election Day, what will these undecided voters ultimately decide?

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PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off for the first time in Monday night's debate, clashing over policies and attacking each other on the issues.

The numbers behind the debate highlight each candidate's unique communication style and the dynamics of the debate's back-and-forth.

Here are some fun facts from last night's debate:

Trump spoke roughly three minutes longer than Clinton did. He interrupted her 39 times, whereas Clinton interrupted him just 9 times. While Clinton interrupted Trump roughly once every 10 minutes, Trump interrupted Clinton once every two minutes and 27 seconds.

And a few more stats on last night's debate via an @ABC analysis:

— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) September 27, 2016

Clinton spent more than half of her speaking time having already been interrupted by Trump earlier in the answer. She talked for 21 minutes, 33 seconds after an interruption vs. 20 minutes, 17 seconds before she was interrupted or in answers without an interruption at all. Trump, on the other hand, spoke more than 40 minutes -- 90 percent of his speaking time -- without being interrupted.

In one less than 10-minute span, Trump interrupted Clinton 18 times. During that time, over the course of a less than two-minute answer from Clinton, Trump interrupted her 9 times -- once every 12 seconds.

Here's an amazing stat: Clinton spent over half her speaking time last night having already been interrupted by Trump earlier in the answer.

— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) September 27, 2016

Trump spoke significantly faster than Clinton as well. He spoke an average of 188 words per minute vs. Clinton's 146 words per minute. He also spoke roughly one grade level lower than Clinton, according to a Flesch-Kincaid readability analysis.

So I ran the big Trump-Clinton debate thru Microsoft Word and got these stats out:

— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) September 27, 2016

Clinton's sentences were also slightly longer. She averaged 16 words per sentence vs. 14 words per sentence for Trump.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama painted Donald Trump as unprepared and temperamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief after the first presidential debate.

"Anybody who was watching the debate, I think got a sense that you got really sharply-contrasting visions about where we should take the country. And I’m admittedly biased. I have worked with Hillary. I know her. She is well-prepared. She’s got the right temperament for the job," Obama said in an interview with On Air With Ryan Seacrest.

He contrasted that with what what he believes Trump has demonstrated.

"The other guy doesn’t have President Obama painted Donald Trump as unprepared and temperamentally unfit to be commander-in-chief after the first presidential debate.

Obama described why he thinks this election is particularly important and why voters need to turn out.

"Every election is a big election. This one’s especially big just because there’s such big differences between the two candidates, and people need to register to vote," he said. "There's only one candidate in this race -- Hillary Clinton -- who's actually qualified to do the job and make good decisions for us."

The president expressed concern over Trump's stance on two issues he thinks will be pivotal to his daughters' generation --- nuclear non-proliferation and climate change.

"I get worried when I hear somebody like Donald Trump start saying, 'Well, I don't necessarily know whether Japan or North Korea should be protected by us, maybe they should get their own nuclear weapon.' That shows somebody who doesn't pay attention to these issues and you don't necessarily want close to the nuclear button," he said.

The president added, "When you hear somebody like Trump say he thinks this is a plot of the Chinese, it's a fraud and a hoax when 99 percent of scientists are saying, 'No we've got to do something about this. That worries me.'"

Asked what he thinks when his name is mentioned in a debate, Obama said, "If I got heated about stuff that was said about me at this point, I would be even more in the grey than I already am. I've developed a pretty thick skin."

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TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the big questions Monday night was how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would try to goad their opponent into losing his or her cool during their first face-off.

Trump was known for going off on his foes during the primary debates, so the expectations were that Monday night would be no different. And there were several instances where he seemed to come close.

Aaron Kall, the director of debate at the University of Michigan, said he thought Clinton’s attack on his tax returns "was the most effective way in which she" got under his skin.

Clinton suggested a few reasons Trump might be refusing to release his returns, and he couldn't stop himself from complimenting his implied efforts to pay no federal income taxes.

"He's very protective of his image and of his bravado and so when you attack someone on his perceived strengths -- his business acumen -- then he's going to get very defensive when that's on the table," Kall told ABC News.

Kall also pointed to Clinton's invoking Michelle Obama's convention speech as another subtle jab, because the first lady is not only a popular figure on both sides of the aisle but also because of the controversy that surrounded the Melania Trump convention speech that echoed one of the first lady’s earlier speeches.

Kall called the reference "politically smart and it also could potentially aid in getting under his skin."

James Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo who has written a book about political polarization, said it was clear that he was bothered by some of the topics that came up.

"I'm not sure whether Trump went off the rails because of Clinton, the moderator, or just his personality. The contrast to me of how the candidates dealt with personally related problems was stark," Campbell told ABC News.

"Clinton dismissed the most serious charges regarding her private email servers being a possible breach of national security by simply apologizing for it. One 'Oops' and then the issue is gone -- at least for this debate. Smart move if you can get away with it, which she did," he said.

“Trump, on the other hand, is so aggressive and unapologetic that he relitigates issues -- birtherism, Iraq War opposition -- that he has no possibility of winning on. As a result, he is on the defensive longer and highlights his problems.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to override President Obama's veto, for the first time, on a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

So how exactly does a veto override work?

The rules are described in Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution. When the president rejects a bill, he is required to return it, along with his objections, to the chamber in which the bill originated. Then, the members of that chamber "shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it."

In other words, the president sends vetoed Senate bills back to the Senate to reconsider first and vetoed House bills back to the House to reconsider first. In this case, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, began in the Senate, so the Senate votes first.

Both the House and the Senate require a two-thirds majority to successfully override a president's veto. Both chambers also require the "yeas and nays" to be counted. In the House, the members vote using the electronic voting system and in the Senate they take a roll call vote, in which each senator’s name is called by the clerk.

Though the Senate received Obama’s veto message on Friday, they’re not voting on it until Wednesday. This is common, according to the Congressional Research Service, because it gives senators time to work out the terms under which they will reconsider the vetoed bill, including the amount of debate time on the Senate floor.

Then, when the vetoed bill comes up for a vote, the presiding officer of that chamber states, "Shall the bill pass, the objections of the President of the United States to the contrary notwithstanding?"

While some Senate Democrats and Republicans have concerns that the JASTA bill would open the United States up to similar legal retaliation from other foreign nations and tarnish its relationship with Saudi Arabia, a key Middle East ally, the veto override is expected to easily garner the two-thirds votes needed to pass.

Assuming it clears the Senate, the JASTA veto override will then head to the House, where the same voting process will ensue.

If the veto override is successful in the House and the Senate, the bill will become law because two-thirds of both chambers have agreed to pass the bill despite the president's objection.

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Mark Makela/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- During a campaign stop in Philadelphia, Vice President Joe Biden slammed Donald Trump’s debate performance Monday night -- specifically taking umbrage with the GOP nominee's comments on the housing crisis.

"This is a guy who said -- and wants to be president -- that it was good business for him to see the housing market fail. What in the hell is he talking about?" Biden said during a rally at Drexel University. "Every president I have served with, including Republicans, has had a moral center about what it was to be an American, about what we’re supposed to do, about what basic fundamental rights are."

Biden asked the crowd if they could imagine Ronald Reagan, "saying it's good business to take advantage of people’s misery, rooting for that misery?"

"He does not have the basic fundamental sensibilities and values that almost every American politician left, right and center I know have," Biden said. "They disagree on how to make things better for you, but they don’t take pleasure from 'You’re fired.' They don’t take pleasure knowing that they will benefit."

During the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said Trump was rooting for a collapse in the housing market, to which the real-estate mogul responded, "That's called business, by the way."

"When you’re sitting atop Trump Tower, in a semi-golden palace, not a joke, what do you care about the people that I grew up with?" Biden said of Trump.

The vice president also criticized Trump's suggestion that not paying taxes "makes me smart."

"He acknowledged that he didn’t pay taxes because, he said, he’s smart. Makes him smart," Biden said. "Tell that to the janitor in here who’s paying taxes. Tell that to your mothers and fathers who are breaking their neck to send you here who are paying their taxes. No I really mean it. It angers me.”

He added that the views Trump expressed in the debate demonstrate his outlook on the country.

"If this choice isn’t clear, I don’t know -- my lord," Biden said about the debate. "What bothers me about this race is how palpable his cynicism is about the American people."

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) -- Donald Trump and his team are slamming presidential debate moderator Lester Holt for not asking Hillary Clinton questions Monday night about her email controversy and potential conflicts of interest with the Clinton Foundation, among other things.

“He didn't ask her about the emails at all,” Trump told Fox and Friends Tuesday morning. “He didn't ask her about her scandals. He didn't ask her about the Benghazi [Libya] deal that she destroyed. He didn't ask her about a lot of things that she should have been asked about. There's no question about it.”

Trump also said the NBC anchor leaned “more than a little” to the liberal column.

“Lester should have brought up the emails,” Trump said when asked why he thought Holt didn’t stress the private server controversy. “That should have been a question.”

Trump gave Holt a “C” or “C-plus” when asked to grade his performance.

“I thought he was OK,” Trump said. “I thought he was fine. Nothing outstanding. I thought he gave me very unfair questions at the end, the last three, four questions. But I'm not complaining about that. I thought he was OK.”

Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence also criticized Holt’s questioning during the debate.

“I was disappointed that Lester did not get into some of the issues that have been so much in the forefront of Hillary Clinton's candidacy,” Pence said on ABC News’ Good Morning America Tuesday morning.

“The FBI investigation, Clinton Foundation, pay to play, the whole disastrous events that took place in Benghazi and Libya. That never came up,” he added.

But top Clinton aide John Podesta said the Trump camp should stop criticizing the questions.

“Look, we have a kind of rule in our campaign: When you are complaining about the moderator, you are losing,” he said on Fox Tuesday morning.

“I think that the Trump side shouldn't do it either …,” he added. “I think on, balance, it was fair.”

But top Trump aide Rudy Giuliani also hit Holt Tuesday morning for saying Monday night that “stop and frisk” was unconstitutional.

“I watched Lester Holt do Candy Crowley at least twice,” the former New York City mayor said, referring to a controversial 2012 fact check of Mitt Romney by the CNN anchor.

“The moderator didn't do his homework and the moderator is wrong about [stop and frisk],” he said Tuesday on Fox and Friends. "A hundred million people last night were misled by Lester Holt."

In fact, a federal judge ruled “stop and frisk” unconstitutional in 2013 and the city later dropped its appeal of the order.

But Giuliani said Monday night that if he were Trump, he would consider skipping the next two debates because of what he called unfair moderating.

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(NEW YORK) — It was no ordinary fight night.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump squared off for the first time at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, emerging from their respective corners to meet halfway -- at center stage -- to shake hands before kicking off one of the most talked-about presidential debates in modern American history.

The bombastic businessman hit the former secretary of state on her email scandal, what he said was her contribution to the rise of ISIS, and questioned her stamina. Clinton did not pull any punches either, saying her opponent has a long history of "racist behavior," lives in "his own reality," and says "crazy things."

In case you missed it, here are the highlights of the first presidential debate, in a minute.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tangled in an intense series of exchanges Monday night during the first presidential debate of 2016. The candidates made charges about each others' records while defending their own careers and policy proposals.

But were they always telling the truth? How often did Trump and Clinton spin facts to fit their arguments?

ABC News fact-checked some of the most noteworthy claims made in the debate:

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Fact-check #1: Trump claims he did not say global warming is hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

Clinton: "Because we will be making investments where we can grow the economy. Take clean energy. Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century. Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax, perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it's real.”

Trump: "I did not. I did not. I do not say that. I do not say that."

Grade: False

Explanation: Trump tweeted in November 2012 that the "concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese." This tweet resurfaced again in January 2016, when former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders pointed it out on NBC's "Meet the Press." The next day, Trump addressed the comment on "Fox & Friends," saying his tweet was basically a joke: "I often joke that this is done for the benefit of the Chinese. Obviously, I joke. But this is done for the benefit of China, because China does not do anything to help climate change." Trump has, on other occasions between 2012 and 2015, called global warming a hoax, though he has not attributed it to the Chinese.

Fact-check #2: Clinton has been fighting ISIS her "entire adult life."

Trump: "See you are telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you have been, no wonder you have been fighting ISIS your entire adult life."

Grade: False

Explanation: ISIS has its origins in Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Sunni insurgency group founded in 2004 after the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. In 2013, the group re-branded itself as Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and shifted operations to include Syria where the civil war enabled its growth and resurgence. This occurred after Clinton had finished serving as Secretary of State. Clinton is 68 years old and turned 18 in 1965, almost 51 years ago.

Fact-check #3: Trump started his business with $14 million borrowed from his father.

Clinton: "Donald was very fortunate in his life and that's all to his benefit. He started his business with $14 million, borrowed from his father, and he really believes that the more you help wealthy people, the better off we'll be and that everything will work out from there. I don't buy that. I have a different experience. My father was a small business man. He worked really hard."

Grade: Yes and No

Explanation: Trump claims that his business grew out of a $1 million loan from his father in 1975. But a casino license disclosure from 1985 shows that in the late 1970s and early 1980s Trump took $14 million in loans from his father and his father’s properties, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Fact-check #4: Trump said that Clinton called [the Trans Pacific Partnership] the "gold standard" of trade deals.

Trump: "You called it the gold standard. You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said it’s the finest deal you have ever seen and then you heard what I said about it and all of a sudden you were against it."

Grade: Yes and no.

Explanation: Clinton said TPP “sets the gold standard,” and has used many other glowing terms to describe the agreement, but she did not say it was the "finest deal" she’s ever seen. While Clinton served as secretary of state, she promoted the TPP well after negotiations began in 2010, saying in 2012 in Australia that it “sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field.” She also used many other complimentary words, including "exciting," "innovative," "ambitious," "groundbreaking," "cutting-edge," "high-quality," and "high-standard,” according to a compilation by the fact-checking site Politifact – but there are no records of her saying it was “the greatest deal she’d ever seen.” Further, Clinton began to moderate her position on TPP as she began preparing her second presidential bid, culminating with a full renunciation of it during a 2015 PBS interview in which she said, “As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it.” It is worth noting, however, that she was not serving as secretary of state when the deal was finalized. Clinton countered Trump in Monday’s debate by trying to clarify that she said she had “hoped” TPP would set a gold standard for trade. Clinton countered Trump in Monday’s debate by trying to clarify that she said she had “hoped” TPP would set a gold standard for trade. But it is clear from her 2012 remarks that, at least one time in public, she declared that it “set” the gold standard, with no qualifiers.

Fact-check #5: Trump says he has not suggested that he would negotiate down the national debt.

Clinton: "And when we talk about your business, you've taken business bankruptcy six times. There are a lot of great business people that have never taken bankruptcy once. You call yourself the king of debt, you talk about leverage, you even at one time suggested that you would try to negotiate down the --

Trump: "Wrong, wrong."

"National debt of the United States. Well, sometimes there's not a direct transfer of skills from business to government, but sometimes what happened in business would be really bad for government."

Grade: Yes and No

Explanation: Trump suggested he will renegotiate the national debt in an interview with CNBC on May 5, 2016, but then said in the Wall Street Journal on May 10, 2016 that he would buy back U.S. debt at a discount. "I’m only saying you can buy back…I’m saying if interest rates go up, you can buy debt at a discount on the market — just on the market. You just buy back debt on — at a discount," he told the Journal.

Fact-check #6: "Hillary Clinton also fought it" -- whether President Obama was a natural-born citizen, a key tenet of the "birther" movement.

Trump: "Well nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it. I figured you'd ask the question tonight, of course. But nobody was caring much about it. But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job. Secretary Clinton also fought it, I mean, you know -- now, everybody in mainstream is going to say, oh that's not true. Look, it's true."

Grade: False

Explanation: A Politico report has linked Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters to the circulation of an e-mail suggesting Obama was born in Kenya during the 2007-'08 campaign. But no evidence has ever been found connecting this claim with Clinton herself or her campaign. Since 2008, no fact checker or journalist has ever uncovered any evidence linking Hillary Clinton and her campaign to the start of the birther movement. An ABC News analysis found Trump tweeted 67 times about the birther movement, including after Obama released his birth certificate.

Fact-check #7: Trump on the Iraq war.

Trump: "I did not support the war in Iraq...I was against the war in Iraq."

Grade: False

Explanation: Trump expressed support for the invasion of Iraq before expressing some reservations.

Asked by Howard Stern on Sept. 11, 2002 if he was “for invading Iraq,” Trump at the time answered, “Yeah, I guess so.”

But by Jan. 28, 2003, Trump expressed some concern about the possibility of an invasion, telling Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto that President George W. Bush “has either got to do something or not do something, perhaps, because perhaps shouldn’t be doing it yet and perhaps we should be waiting for the United Nations, you know.” Then, on March 21, 2003, soon after the invasion of Iraq got underway, Trump told Cavuto that the war “looks like a tremendous success from a military standpoint.” While Trump now portrays himself as having been an outspoken opponent of the invasion, his public statements in the lead-up to the invasion tell a different story.

Fact-check #8: Clinton says Trump advocated for the actions the U.S. took in Libya.

Clinton: "He actually advocated for the actions we took in Libya. And urged that Gaddafi be taken out after actually doing some business with him one time."

Grade: Mostly True

Explanation: In a video posted on his YouTube video blog in February 2011, Trump did call for intervention in Libya. "It’s a carnage,” he said. “Now we should go in, we should stop this guy which would be very easy and very quick, we could do it surgically, and save these lives.” Later, Trump claimed never to have discussed Libya (false), and also claimed that he was in support of a surgical intervention only, killing Gaddafi only but not taking any other actions.

Fact-check #9: Trump said it was "wrong" that he had been "praiseworthy" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Hillary Clinton claimed.

Clinton: "There's no doubt now that Russia has used cyber attacks against all kinds of organizations in our country, and I am deeply concerned about this. I know Donald is very praiseworthy of Vladimir Putin."

Grade: False

Explanation: Trump has publicly said favorable things about Putin numerous times, usually while criticizing President Obama. In a GOP primary debate hosted by NBC News, Trump described his strategy for dealing with Putin as: "I would talk to him. I would get along with him." In a recent NBC forum, where the network also interviewed Clinton, Trump defended his comments pointing to strong domestic polling for Putin. When Putin authored an op-ed on Syria in the New York Times, in September 2013, Trump tweeted that it was a "masterpiece for Russia and a disaster for the U.S." Interviewed by MSNBC, Trump said of Putin, "He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader, you know unlike what we have in this country."

Fact-check #10: Trump on crime rates.

Clinton: "Under the current [New York City] mayor, crime has continued to drop, including murders."

Trump: "You're wrong...Murders are up."

Grade: Mostly False

Explanation: New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn into office on Jan. 1, 2014. Each of his first two years in office saw an overall drop in the seven major felony crimes, and so far this year major crimes are down nearly 3 percent compared to the same period last year. Murder statistics present a slightly more complicated picture during de Blasio's tenure. His first year in office saw 333 murders, two fewer than the year before. But his second year in office saw an uptick to 352 murders. So far this year, murders in New York City are down more than 4 percent than the same time period last year (246 murders through Sept. 18, 2016, versus 257 murders during the same time last year).

Fact-check #11: Clinton: Trump said "he didn't care" if Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia get nuclear weapons.

Clinton: "Of what we’ve heard Donald say has been about nuclear weapons, he has said repeatedly, that he didn't care if other nations got nuclear weapons, Japan, South Korea, even Saudi Arabia. It has been the policy of the United States, Democrats and Republicans, to do everything we could to reduce the proliferation of nuclear weapons. He even said, well, if there were a nuclear war in East Asia, well, you know, that's fine."

Trump: "Wrong."

Grade: Yes and No

Explanation: Donald Trump has said that America’s allies should pay more of their defense costs. Earlier this year Trump seemed to say that Japan might be better off if it had nuclear weapons to defend itself from North Korea. At a town hall in March he also seemed to support Saudi Arabia having nuclear weapons, but quickly corrected himself. In June, Trump denied that he wanted Japan to get nuclear weapons. Trump wants America’s allies to take more responsibility for their defense and has at times indicated it would be OK for Japan to have access to nuclear weapons to defend itself from North Korea.

Fact-check #12: Trump denies saying that pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers.

Clinton: "One thing Lester, he tried to switch from looks to stamina. But this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs. And someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers."

Trump: I never said that."

Grade: False

Explanation: In fact, Trump said just that in an October 2004 interview with NBC's "Dateline." In the interview, Trump said pregnancy is "a wonderful thing for the woman, it's a wonderful thing for the husband, it's certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business.”

Fact-check #13: Trump on stop-and-frisk.

Holt: "Stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional in New York, because it largely singled out black and Hispanic young men -"

Trump: "No, you're wrong. It went before a judge who was a very against police judge. It was taken away from her and our mayor, our new mayor, refused to go forward with the case. They would have won an appeal. If you look at it, throughout the country, there are many places --"

Grade: Mostly False

Explanation: The moderator was correct. Stop and frisk was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in August 2013, a federal district court judge ruled the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics violated the constitutional rights of minorities, calling it a "policy of indirect racial profiling." Mayor Michael Bloomberg appealed the case. The Second Circuit Court would temporarily block the district judge's orders and removed her from the case, finding she had compromised “the appearance of impartiality surrounding this litigation.” But the court stopped short of overturning the district court’s ruling.

The stop-and-frisk program was still in the midst of the appeals process when newly-elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supported the district court ruling, settled the litigation and ended the controversial program.

Fact-check #14: Trump says stop and frisk works "well."

Trump: "Over 4 -- almost 4,000 people in Chicago have been killed. We have to bring back law and order. Now, whether or not in a place like Chicago, you do stop and frisk, which worked very well, [former New York] Mayor Giuliani is here, it worked very well in New York. It brought the crime rate way down, but you take the gun away from criminals that shouldn't be having it."

Grade: Yes and No

Explanation: There has been much debate about whether stop-and-frisk is effective. Trump often cites the example of the tactic being used by police in New York City, as he did this evening. While violent crime fell in New York City while stop and frisk was implemented, the crime rate also fell nationally and in places where police did not employ the tactic. Stop-and-frisk may have some limited impact, but it is not clear how effective it is. According to NYCLU data guns were recovered in only .2 percent of cases.

According to an NYPD spokesman, the use of stop-and-frisk has decreased nearly 97 percent in New York City since 2011 while crime has decreased significantly during that same period. NYPD statistics bear this out.

Fact-check #15: Clinton claims Trump’s tax plan would add $5 trillion to the debt and cost the economy jobs.

Clinton: "Independent experts have looked at what I've proposed and looked at what Donald's proposed and basically, they've said this: That if his tax plan, which would blow up the debt by over $5 trillion and would in some instances disadvantage middle class families, compared to the wealthy, were to go into effect, we would lose 3.5 million jobs and maybe have another recession."

Grade: True

Explanation: Under Trump's current tax- and spending proposal, the debt over the next decade is projected increase by about $5 trillion, according to Moody's latest estimate. Another estimate from the Committee for a Responsible Budget says “both Clinton and Trump would increase the debt relative to current law – though Trump would increase it by an order of magnitude more, and Clinton’s plan would slightly reduce deficits if we incorporated unspecified revenue from business tax reform. Specifically, we estimate Clinton’s plans would add $200 billion to the debt over the next decade, while Trump’s plans would add $5.3 trillion.

Fact-check #16: Trump on the DNC being hacked.

Trump: “I don't know if anyone knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t -- maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. Could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay? You don’t know who broke into DNC.”

Grade: Mostly False

Explanation: U.S. officials –- speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the information -– have uniformly told ABC News and other major news outlets that evidence in the DNC hack points directly to Russia. In addition, the firm hired by the DNC to respond to the suspected breach, CrowdStrike, conducted an investigation and later issued a statement saying it had “identified two sophisticated adversaries” as behind the hack. “Both adversaries engage in extensive political and economic espionage for the benefit of the government of the Russian Federation and are believed to be closely linked to the Russian government’s powerful and highly capable intelligence services,” CrowdStrike said. Just last week, the top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., issued a statement saying, “Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election. At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election—we can see no other rationale for the behavior of the Russians.”

Fact-check #17: Trump says Ford is moving jobs out of the U.S.

Trump: "Ford is leaving. You see that. Their small car division, leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio, they're all leaving."

Grade: Mostly False

Explanation: Though Ford has announced it is moving production of the small Ford Focus to a new plant in Mexico, the company tells ABC the move will have “absolutely no impact on U.S. jobs.” While the new plant begins production of the Focus, workers at the Michigan plant (which was manufacturing the Focus) will instead make two new vehicles.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton's running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, said Clinton showed her fitness to be commander in chief in Monday night's presidential debate while her opponent, Donald Trump, "told some whoppers."

"Hillary offered details and Donald didn’t. Hillary answered questions and Donald avoided them. Hillary told the truth and Donald told some whoppers," Kaine said today on Good Morning America. "He just seemed rattled the longer the debate wore on.

"I think it really showed her off as prepared to be commander in chief and president," Kaine said of the 90-minute debate held at Hofstra University in New York.

Voters saw the first fiery moment of the debate when Trump and Clinton discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Kaine acknowledged that Trump was "on the attack" at the top of the debate but said the Republican presidential nominee failed to provide his "own plans or policies."

"He was attacking on trade but he’s got a real weakness there," Kaine said of Trump. "If he doesn’t like what we’re doing with respect to trade, why is he making all of his products overseas? He’s part of the problem, not part of the solution."

Kaine, who campaigned in Florida on Monday, said Trump was also unable to provide an answer for why he pushed the "birther" controversy suggesting that President Obama was not a U.S. citizen.

"For five years, Donald Trump pushed a bigoted lie that President Obama wasn’t a U.S. citizen, all evidence to the contrary. All the fact checkers said that he was wrong but he kept pushing it dozens and dozens and dozens of times," Kaine said. "When he was asked to explain it by Hillary and by the moderator, Lester Holt, he just didn’t have an explanation."

Kaine suggested that Trump, who admitted in a news conference this month that Obama is a U.S. citizen, "still has to answer" for what Kaine described as the GOP leader's, "bringing us back to the most painful days in our history."

"This is fundamentally a truthfulness and trust issue," he said.

Kaine identified Clinton's best moment in the debate as when she took on Trump for an earlier comment he made about her appearance.

"He tried to change it and say, ‘No, I was talking about her stamina.’ And she said, ‘You go to 120 countries and you sit before a House Committee for 11 hours and then you talk to me about stamina,'" Kaine recalled. "The other thing that was great about it is I was watching it on a channel that had a split screen and in that moment, Hillary was going strong and ready for another four or five hours of the debate and Donald Trump was on the ropes and he was out of gas and that was really, really apparent."

Kaine will debate Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, next week at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. The senator said he has no plans to change his debate strategy against Pence after watching Clinton and Trump spar.

"Our vision is we’re stronger together as a country. The Trump ticket has a different vision," Kaine said. "Donald Trump decided when he ran for president to write a book and he put out that book and it’s called 'Crippled America.' That’s how he sees the nation we’re living in right now. Hillary and I see a very different nation, stronger together, and that’s what we’re going to talk about next Tuesday."

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