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First presidential debate: Clinton happy, Trump censored himselfHours after the first presidential debate, conflicting polls were published that point to victories for both candidates.
Following the first televised presidential debate that took place at Hofstra University, both Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump claimed victory and thanked their supporters. Clinton seemed more pleased than Trump although both candidates presented different media polls indicating their own victory in the debate.
"Do you feel good tonight? Well, I sure do," Clinton told her supporters after the debate with a big smile on her face. “We've got two more debates and we've got more time before the election. And we can't take anybody, anywhere for granted.”
Clinton’s happiness is likely due to the polls following the debate, which determined her the winner of the first broadcasted debate between the two. A CNN poll showed that the 62% of voters preferred Clinton while 27% thought that Trump was the winner, a picture Clinton was happy to share on her Twitter page. Another poll conducted by the Internet website Politico targeted the swing-states and also found Clinton the victor of the debate.
Clinton received support from Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, who tweeted: “Tonight, Hillary Clinton proved she is ready to be President and Donald Trump proved he is not.” Former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright also showed support by tweeting: “It's so clear Hillary Clinton is the only candidate prepared to be president.”
Although Trump’s campaign expressed satisfaction with the debate, Trump himself did not. He told reporters that there were things he planned to say regarding Clinton’s family but did not. “Her husband was in the room along with her daughter, who I think is a very nice young lady and I didn’t want to say what I was going to say about what’s been going on in their life so I decided not to say it. I thought it would be very disrespectful to Chelsea and maybe to the family but she (Hillary) said very bad things about me.”
On social media, Trump actually expressed content from poll results. “Wow, did great in the debate polls (except for CNN - which I don't watch),” the Republican Candidate tweeted. Trump shared CNBC’s poll results where 61% voted for him as the winner, in addition to Time’s poll results, showing 59% thought he won the debate. Fox News Channel showed Trump leading by 56% to Clinton’s 34%.
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