DemDaily: Snubbing Democracy

October 20, 2016

Hillary Clinton went into last night's debate armed with a 10 point lead and the temperament of her opponent - and came out on top.

In the third and final showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each candidate drove home their core messages effectively on issues from the Supreme Court and 2nd Amendment, to Roe v Wade and immigration.

But the debate took a turn 30 minutes in with Trump took the bait on the nuclear proliferation, calling Hillary a "liar" and lost his composure over a series of heated exchanges through the remaining 90 minutes.

The former Secretary of State maintained her own, but it was The Donald himself who inflicted the most damage to his candidacy.

In his last opportunity to persuade the American people that he would be a president for all people, Trump's reference to undocumented "bad hombres" and HRC as "a nasty woman" further alienated two critical voting constituencies.

But it was his "wait and see" refusal to say he would accept the outcome of the election that delivered what may have been the final nail in the coffin.

Following Clinton's performance, in a CNN/ORC instant post-debate poll voters gave Clinton a decisive 52% to 39% win.

DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS

CLINTON
On a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
"Bringing undocumented immigrants out from the shadows, putting them into the formal economy will be good because employers can't exploit them and undercut American's wages, and Donald knows a lot about this. He's [used] undocumented labor to build the Trump Tower. He underpaid undocumented workers, and when they complained, he basically said what a lot of employers do, "You complain I'll get you deported."

On Russian President Vladimir Putin's support of Trump
Well, that's because he'd rather have a puppet for president than the United States and it's pretty clear.

On Trump's rhetoric
"This is a pattern, a pattern of divisiveness of a very dark and, in many ways, dangerous vision of our country where he incites violence, where he applauds people who are pushing and pulling and punching at his rallies. That is not who America is"

On her commitment to appoint progressive Supreme Court justices
"I will defend Planned Parenthood. I will defend Roe v. Wade and I will defend women's rights to make their own health care decisions,"

On her economic plan
"I think when the middle class thrives, America thrives. And so my plan is based on growing the economy, giving middle class families many more opportunities."

Responding to Trump's accusation of her experience being "bad experience"
"Back in the 1970s, I worked for the Children's Defense Fund and I was taking on discrimination ... he [Trump] was getting sued by the Justice Department for discrimination. And on the day I was in the Situation Room monitoring the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting Celebrity Apprentice."

TRUMP
On Clinton's support of a woman's right to choose
"Based on what she's saying and based on where she's going and where she's been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb on the ninth month on the final day."

On his plan to deport millions of undocumented immigrants
"One of my first acts will be to get all of the drug lords, all of the bad ones, we have some bad bad people in this country that have to go out. Were going to get them out. We're going to secure the border and once the border is secure at a later date we will make its determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here that were going to get them out."

Interrupting Clinton's statement that her "Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald's - if he can't figure out how to get out of it,"
"Such a nasty woman."

On the sexual assault/misconduct allegations against him this week from multiple women
"I didn't even apologize to my wife, who is sitting right there."

On the Clinton Foundation
"It's a criminal enterprise."

When asked if he will accept the results of the election, should he lose on November 8th
"I'll tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense, okay?"

RealClearPolitics polling average:  Clinton 48.5% to Trump 42.1%.
PredictIt's Win Probability: Clinton 83% to Trump 19%

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