Newspaper article The Canadian Press

11 Memorable Moments from the Final Debate between Clinton and Trump

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

11 Memorable Moments from the Final Debate between Clinton and Trump

Article excerpt

11 top moments from last Clinton-Trump debate

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WASHINGTON - Donald Trump entered the final U.S. presidential election debate on Wednesday night trailing in most polls, and hoping a strong performance might shift the race. Here are some of the more memorable moments from that debate.

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Trump refuses to say if he'll accept the election result: ''What I'm saying is that I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense.''

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Moderator expresses concern Trump is undermining American democracy: ''But, sir, there is a tradition in this country -- in fact, one of the prides of this country -- is the peaceful transition of power and that no matter how hard-fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign that the loser concedes to the winner.''

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Hillary Clinton mocks him as a conspiracy-theorist: ''He claims the court system and (a) federal judge (are) rigged against him. There was even a time when he didn't get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him... This is a mindset. This is how Donald thinks. And it's funny, but it's also really troubling... We've been around for 240 years. We've had free and fair elections... He's talking down our democracy. And I, for one, am appalled that somebody who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position.''

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The candidates accuse each other of being Vladimir Putin's pawns. During an exchange on alleged Russian interference in the election, Trump says Putin has no respect for Clinton. She responds: ''That's because he'd rather have a puppet as president of the United States.'' Trump replies: ''No puppet. No puppet... You're the puppet!''

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Abortion. Trump promises to appoint anti-abortion judges, and leave policy decisions to states. He uses a graphic image to condemn late-term abortions: ''What Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.'' Clinton calls that scare rhetoric, and says late-term decisions are generally made in duress amid health crises. …

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