Clinton says Trump would be Putin's 'puppet'

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks on during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016.
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LAS VEGAS - Democrat Hillary Clinton warned Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is rooting for Donald Trump in the race for the White House because the Republican would be his "puppet."

In a ferocious debate exchange, Clinton cited reports from US intelligence agencies that Russian cyber attacks had targeted her party and campaign, and demanded that Trump condemn it.

Trump and Clinton face off in final US presidential debate

  • Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016.
  • In an extraordinary exchange, a combative Trump doubled down on his claims that Clinton's campaign team and the media were attempting to rig the vote.
  • "The media is so dishonest and so corrupt and the pile-on is so amazing," Trump said, referring in part to widespread press reports citing women accusing him of sexual assault, which he also said were drummed up by Team Clinton.
  • Clinton declared herself "appalled" by what she said was an attack on 240 years of US democracy.
  • Quoting her onetime rival Bernie Sanders, called Trump the "most dangerous person to run for president in the modern history of America."
  • Asked by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News whether despite his doubts he would commit to recognising the result of the November 8 vote no matter what, Trump said: "I'll tell you at the time."
  • "I'll keep you in suspense, OK?" Trump, who once hosted the reality television show "The Apprentice," said to gasps from the audience.
  • At one point, Trump broke into one of Clinton's responses to call her "such a nasty woman."
  • The candidates took and left the stage without shaking hands.
  • In what has been a toxic campaign, the two White House hopefuls got off to a subdued but oddly substantive start to the debate, compared to previous brawls.
  • They were asked about their vision for the Supreme Court, prompting Clinton to argue the election was about "what kind of country are we going to be."
  • Trump echoed conservatives who believe "the Supreme Court is what it's all about," vowing to appoint anti-abortion justices who would also protect gun rights.
  • Pundits have declared the presidential race all but over after the provocative billionaire attacked leaders of his own party and obliterated the normal rules of political decorum.
  • Clinton leads by more than six points in an average of national polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.
  • Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks with his wife melania after the third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate.
  • Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka (L), son Eric and wife Melania speak after the third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate.
  • Former US President Bill Clinton at the end of the final Presidential Debate at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
  • Hillary Clinton greets the crowd after the third and final 2016 presidential campaign debate.
  • Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (c) takes pictures with supporters after the final presidential debate.
  • People watch the third presidential debate between US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is pictured at The Ugly Mug bar October 19, 2016 in Washington, D.C..

"They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions," she declared.

"Then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the internet," she said.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in presidential debates

  • Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton head into a crucial presidential debate on Monday (Oct 10).
  • The debate comes as Mr Trump's White House campaign in chaos over his lewd boasts about groping women.
  • Trump and Clinton clashed in deeply personal terms, accusing each other of mistreating women, and signaling that the final month of the race.
  • The debate was moderated by Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz.
  • A defiant Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed as "locker room talk" a controversy over a video in which he made obscene comments about groping women.
  • He also said, if he won the White House, he would put Hillary Clinton in jail for operating a private email server while U.S. secretary of state.
  • In a contentious town-hall debate, Trump said he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into his Democratic rival’s email use because she had endangered national security while she was Secretary of State.
  • The 90-minute debate got off to a chilly start when the two candidates for the Nov. 8 election greeted each other without the traditional handshake.
  • It quickly turned into an acrimonious discussion of a 2005 video that emerged on Friday in which Trump was heard using vulgar language and talking about groping women without consent.
  • He said he was embarrassed by the video but dismissed it as "locker room talk," and added that President Bill Clinton had done worse to women.
  • Clinton said Trump's comments showed he was unfit for the White House."“He has said the video doesn’t represent who he is but I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is," Clinton said.
  • The debate's town hall-style format, with undecided voters posing half the questions and the debate’s two moderators posing the others, allowed the candidates to move freely around the stage and address the questioners directly.
  • Just a few hours before the key debate, Trump convened a meeting of women who accused Mrs Clinton's husband, former president Bill Clinton, of sexual misconduct.
  • The women were Ms Paula Jones, who has accused Mr Clinton of propositioning her and exposing himself; Ms Juanita Broaddrick, who claims he sexually assaulted her; Ms Kathy Shelton, who says Mrs Clinton defended a man who victimised her; and Ms Kathleen Willey, who claims Mr Clinton groped her.
  • None of the accusations was new and Mr Clinton was never charged in any of the cases.
  • All four were at the debate.
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump face off for the first time on Monday (Sept 26) in a high stakes presidential debate that could shift the course of the neck-and-neck 2016 campaign for the White House.
  • The highly anticipated clash between the Democratic former secretary of state and Republican real estate tycoon has generated wide interest nationally and internationally six weeks before the Nov 8 election.
  • Opinion polls show the two candidates in a very tight race, with the latest Reuters/Ipsos polling showing Clinton ahead by 4 percentage points, with 41 per cent of likely voters.
  • The 90-minute debate, set to start at 9 p.m. EDT, could sway undecided and independent voters who have yet to make up their minds as well as voters from both parties who have tuned out the election until now.
  • A second Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday showed half of America's likely voters would rely on the debates to help them make their choice.
  • More than half, 61 per cent, were hoping for a civil debate and were not interested in the bitterness shown on the campaign trail.
  • The size of the television-viewing audience is expected to challenge the record of 80 million Americans who watched 1980's encounter between Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan. Some commentators forecast Super Bowl-sized viewership of about 100 million people.
  • By contrast with the single-party debates held during the Republican and Democratic state nominating contests, the audience will be asked to remain silent and not applaud or respond to the candidates' remarks. The debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments.
  • Clinton won a coin toss and chose to take the first question. She will have two minutes to answer, after which Trump will be given equal time.
  • Trump will then be given the first question at the beginning of the next segment.
  • Markets have tended to see Clinton as the candidate of the status quo, while few are sure what a Trump presidency might mean for US foreign policy, trade and the domestic economy.
  • The volatile Trump, a former reality television star, will have an opportunity to show a depth and steadiness worthy of a commander in chief, while the cautious Clinton, a former US senator and first lady, will have a chance to connect directly with voters who view her as too secretive, strategists said.
  • Trump, a political newcomer who has at times shown more affinity for put-downs than policy, could benefit from lower voter expectations. "There is no question it's a lower bar for Trump," said Dan Schnur, a former Republican strategist and now a political scientist at the University of Southern California. "He doesn't have to be brilliant, he just can't be too bombastic."
  • Trump dominated the crowded Republican debates with rapid-fire attacks on his rivals but has no experience in a one-on-one debate setting that requires more prolonged discussion of issues.
  • Clinton has participated in many one-on-one debates on the national stage: with Obama during her unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign and with US Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic nominating race earlier this year.
  • Clinton's camp has done its best to raise the bar for Trump, and in television interviews on Monday both campaigns tried to frame expectations.
  • "What we don't want to have is some sort of double standard where Donald Trump can get the most-improved award, but Hillary Clinton ... is getting judged on the fine points of policy," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told NBC News, calling Trump "an entertainer."
  • The role of moderator Lester Holt of NBC News also came under scrutiny before the debate, with the Clinton campaign and her Democratic supporters urging him to correct Trump if he makes false claims.
  • Trump also has tried to influence Holt and moderators of the other showdowns with Clinton, saying the candidates should be the ones to correct the record.

Trump dismissed the intelligence reports, declaring: "Our country has no idea." The property mogul said he might have better relations with Moscow than Clinton would, declaring: "Putin, from everything I see, has no respect for this person." Clinton's response was sharp:

"Well, that's because he would rather have a puppet as president of the United States." Trump blustered back: "No puppet. You're the puppet."

But Clinton was on a roll: "It is pretty clear you won't admit the Russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the United States of America.

"That you encouraged espionage against our people. That you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do."

Trump: "I'm a big fan of Hindu"

  • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pledged that the United States and India would be "best friends" if he is elected and that he would boost intelligence sharing with India in the battle against Islamic militants.
  • Trump spoke at an event sponsored by the Republican Hindu Coalition to raise money for victims of terrorism. It featured Bollywood-style performers who danced in colorful, traditional costumes.
  • "If I'm elected president, the Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House, that I can guarantee you," said Trump, who noted that as a real estate developer he has two "massive developments" in India.
  • Trump also declared himself a "big fan of Hindu", the New York Times reported. "I am a big fan of Hindu, and I am a big fan of India," he is reported to have said.
  • "We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism when I'm president. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with India in sharing intelligence and keeping our people safe mutually," said Trump.
  • However, the Wall Street Journal reported that he appeared to mix up the attack on Mumbai in 2008 and the one on the Indian Parliament in New Delhi in 2001.
  • Trump reportedly said: "For all of the people in Mumbai, the attack on the parliament was outrageous and terrible."
  • He called India a strategic ally and that "we will be best friends" if he wins the election.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has developed a friendly relationship with President Barack Obama, a Democrat who wants Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton, to win the Nov. 8 election.
  • Indian actress Shriya Saran attends the Republican Hindu Coalition's Humanity United Against Terror Charity event.
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