Face to face one last time: Debate night for Clinton, Trump

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LAS VEGAS — Here is The Latest news from the third and final presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, less than three weeks before the Nov. 8 election (all times EDT):

10:26 p.m.

Donald Trump is once again denying that he supported the invasion of Iraq.

Trump said “Wrong” in Wednesday’s final presidential debate when Hillary Clinton said he supported the invasion in 2002.

Trump actually offered lukewarm support for invading Iraq before the war began. He’s repeatedly and erroneously claimed to have come out against the war before it started, telling Howard Stern in September 2002: “Yeah I guess so,” when asked if he would back an invasion.

Clinton says in the debate that anyone questioning what Trump’s position was could simply google it and find “dozens of sources” showing he was for it.

Clinton says,” He has not told the truth on that position.”


10:25 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she’s “encouraged” by the Iraqi-led offensive to retake the city of Mosul.

Donald Trump says it’s only an issue because the Obama administration — and Clinton while at the State Department — pulled troops from Iraq in the first place.

Clinton outlined her military plan to take out the Islamic State group. She said coalition forces should push the fight into the group’s Syrian headquarters after Mosul is retaken. She also called for an “intelligence surge” online and on the ground focused on the Islamic State.

Trump is not detailing his plan. He says, “What ever happened to the element of surprise?”


10:22 p.m.

Donald Trump tried to lighten a serious moment in the debate as Hillary Clinton listed other times he claimed something was “rigged” just because he wasn’t winning.

She noted there was even a time he chided the Emmy Awards for not recognizing his reality series “Celebrity Apprentice” three years in a row.

As Clinton was making that point, Trump began smiling and shrugging. He interjected, “Should have gotten it.”

The audience laughed a bit, as Clinton continued. “This is a mindset,” she said.

Clinton added that his comments about not necessarily accepting the election results are a dangerous departure from the nation’s democratic traditions.


10:19 p.m.

Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump’s refusal to promise to accept results of the presidential election “horrifying.”

She said Trump has a history of calling things rigged, including the Republican primary, the court system handling a case against Trump University and the Emmys.

Clinton says the U.S. has a tradition of accepting election outcomes, and any general election candidate must be expected to do that.


10:15 p.m.

Donald Trump is again refusing to promise that he’d accept defeat on Nov. 8 if Americans choose Hillary Clinton as the 45th president.

The Republican nominee says he’ll “look at it at the time.” He was responding to moderator Chris Wallace’s specific questions about whether he would honor the American tradition of the presidential loser conceding to the president-elect.

When Wallace pressed him again, Trump responded again that he’d “keep you in suspense.”

Trump has argued that the national media is trying to rig the election. He is again stating without any evidence that “millions” of registered voters “shouldn’t be registered.”

And he suggests Clinton would be an illegitimate president because of her use of a private email server when secretary of state. He says she “never should have been allowed to run.”


10:10 p.m.

Donald Trump is saying his foundation is a benefit to society.

Trump was responding to attacks from Hillary Clinton over his foundation spending money on a portrait of himself. He said it is a small, personal foundation that he donates to.

The Washington Post has reported that Trump hasn’t donated to his foundation for years. It also cited records showing Trump used foundation money to settle a legal dispute against his club, Mar-a-Lago.

Trump denied his foundation has done this.


10:08 p.m.

Donald Trump says the Clinton Foundation is a “criminal enterprise” and is calling on Hillary Clinton to have the foundation return money it’s received from countries with repressive human rights regimes. There is no evidence the Clinton Foundation has broken any laws.

Trump also says the Clinton Foundation’s work in Haiti was a “disgrace.”

Clinton says she is “thrilled” to discuss the foundation’s work, and says it is a world-renowned charity that has helped millions of people. She also says there was no improper connection between the foundation’s donors and those awarded contracts to help rebuild Haiti after it suffered a devastating earthquake.


10:05 p.m.

Donald Trump is suggesting that accusations of his inappropriate behavior with women over the years were started by Hillary Clinton and her “sleazy campaign.”

Asked about the many women who have come forward to accuse Trump, the Republican presidential nominee called the accusations “fiction” and blamed Clinton. But he then quickly pivoted.

Trump accused Clinton of deleting her emails while serving as secretary of state to hide potentially disclosing classified information, saying “she’s lied hundreds of times to the people, to Congress and to the FBI.”

Clinton responded that when Trump “is pushed” on any major issue, he immediately unleashes denials that are bullying and beside the point. Trump responded, “Wrong.”


10:04 p.m.

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama paid people to incite violence ahead of his planned rally in Chicago earlier this year.

There’s no clear evidence of that.

Trump was referencing secretly record, selectively edited video footage released this week by conservative activist James O’Keefe. Among the footage was a woman who says she was at the Chicago event in March, which Trump canceled because of safety concerns.

The woman, identified as Zulema Rodriguez, has attended several Trump events as a protester. Rodriguez said on the O’Keefe recordings that she was paid to be in Chicago. Federally filed finance reports show she was paid about $1,600 by the campaign at the end of February, before the Chicago rally.



10:03 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump “thinks belittling women makes him bigger.” And she’s accusing him of going after women’s “dignity” and “self-worth.”

Clinton is making the case against Trump’s treatment of women, saying, “I don’t think there’s a woman anywhere who doesn’t know what that feels like.”

Clinton’s comments come in response to allegations from several women that Trump groped or kissed them without consent. He’s denying the charges. But Clinton is noting that he brushed off the remarks by belittling several of the women’s appearances.

Trump is denying he suggested some of the women weren’t attractive enough to win his attention. But he said of one recently, “believe me, she would not be my first choice.”


10 p.m.

Donald Trump says claims by women who say he groped them have been largely debunked, even though they have not.

Trump is also claiming in Wednesday’s debate that he thinks Hillary Clinton’s campaign is behind the women coming forward, even though there is no evidence of that, either. Trump says, “I believe she got these people to step forward.” He calls the women’s stories “lies and fiction.” He says, “I don’t know those people.”

Clinton says, “Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger.” She says Trump attacks women’s dignity and self-worth and says: “That’s who Donald is. I think it’s up to us to demonstrate who we are.”


9:57 p.m.

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton may have more experience than he does, “but it’s bad experience.”

He says, “The problem is, you talk, but you don’t get anything done, Hillary.”

Clinton is responding by comparing her record over the decades to Trump’s.

She notes that on the day she was in the White House’s situation room during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Trump was hosting the NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice.” She says, “I’m happy to compare my 30 years of experience” to Trump’s.


9:55 p.m.

Donald Trump is back to his usual bluster on the debate stage.

The GOP nominee had largely held his tongue during the first half-hour of Wednesday’s final debate, speaking only when called on and not interrupting.

But Trump appears to be sliding back to his usual bluster as he and Hillary Clinton discuss Russia and nuclear weapons.

“Wrong!” he declared at one point, interrupting Clinton.

Later, Clinton said she would “translate” Trump’s plan to reform the tax code.

Trump interjected, “You can’t.”


9:54 p.m.

Donald Trump is making a misleading charge that Hillary Clinton will double “your taxes.”

Clinton’s tax plan would only raise taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent. Even then it would only add 4 percent to the top rate, not double it. She would require people making more than $1 million annually to pay at least 30 percent in federal taxes. She’d also limit some tax deductions.

So the only people whose taxes could be doubled are those making a large amount of money and paying very little in taxes.

Trump has proposed a large across-the-board tax cut. Analysts say he’d actually raise taxes on some single parents because of the structure of the plan.


9:52 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is continuing to defend Democratic economic priorities as the way to help the most Americans.

She insists her tax-and-spending priorities would “not add a penny to the debt,” because she would raise taxes on top-income earners while investing in programs she says will benefit middle-class Americans and grow the economy.

She says her philosophy is to “invest from the middle out and the ground up, not the top down.” She says Republican Donald Trump proposes tax plans tilted toward the wealthiest Americans.

Clinton is also defending President Barack Obama’s economic record.


9:50 p.m.

Donald Trump says his plan to boost the economy is to make the United States’ rich allies pay more for military support and to renegotiate trade deals. Trump also says he would cut taxes “massively.”

Trump is naming several allies he says could afford to pay the U.S. for its spending on defense.

He says, “Saudi Arabia, nothing but money. We protect Saudi Arabia, why aren’t they paying?”

The Republican presidential nominee is also criticizing current trade deals, saying he would renegotiate them to get better terms for the U.S. or leave them.

Trump says NAFTA, signed by former President Bill Clinton, was one of the “worst deals ever” and was causing U.S. jobs to flee to Mexico and other countries.



9:48 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she will grow the American economy by focusing on the middle class and building the largest job-creation program since World War II.

Asked to detail her economic strategy, Clinton says she wants to create new clean energy jobs that will also help the environment.

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