Local politicians weigh in on Clinton, Trump's first debate

By Patrick Walker

Published 09/26 2016 11:30PM

Updated 09/27 2016 03:49AM

Eyes across the country and in Nevada were glued to their television sets for the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Monday night.

Both sides are claiming victory, but Politics NOW had a chance to catch up with Democratic Congresswoman Dina Titus immediately after the debate, and she said Hillary Clinton had some zingers that stood out.

"Maybe my favorite moment was when she said, 'well if you want to sit for nine to 11 hours in front of the Benghazi committee and then tell me about stamina, I'll go there,'" Rep. Titus said.

Clinton and Trump traded a number of barbs throughout the evening, but most pundits scored the debate in Clinton's favor.

However, Republicans also feel their candidate fared well tonight.  RNC Hispanic Communications Director Helen Aguirre Ferre said Donald Trump was the clear winner Monday evening.

Patrick Walker, Politics NOW Anchor: "How do you think it went for Donald Trump?"
Ferre: "You know, Patrick, when you have a debate like this, that's really decided in the first 30 minutes, and Donald Trump came fighting in the first 30 minutes, but not fighting Hillary Clinton, he came out fighting for the middle class."

That first 30 minutes covered the economy and trade, generally considered one of the stronger subjects for Donald Trump.  However, Clinton took hits at Trump for having many of his products made overseas.

Trump hit back by saying our current trade deals like NAFTA are bad, and that Clinton had decades to try to come up with something better as someone in public service.

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