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Sep 8, 2016

NYT | First Draft - September 8, 2016 - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Flex Debate Muscles in TV Forum, by Patrick Healy

Thursday, September 8, 2016

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Matt Lauer interviewed Hillary Clinton in New York on Wednesday during the first part of an hourlong debate on national security.
Matt Lauer interviewed Hillary Clinton in New York on Wednesday during the first part of an hourlong debate on national security. Doug Mills/The New York Times
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Flex Debate Muscles in TV Forum

Hillary Clinton vowed not to send American ground troops to Iraq “ever again,” and Donald J. Trump insinuated that he had learned shocking new information involving President Obama — without ever revealing what it was — as the two candidates made back-to-back appearances on Wednesday night at a forum that foreshadowed their highly anticipated debate this month.
Mrs. Clinton, who was frequently put on the defensive by audience members asking questions about her judgment, sought to reassure voters that she would be a forceful and steady commander in chief, noting her role in the killing of Osama bin Laden and pledging that defeating the Islamic State was her “highest counterterrorism goal.”
She promised air power and other support to Arab and Muslim allies but added, “We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again, and we’re not putting them into Syria.”
Mr. Trump was withering in his attacks on Mrs. Clinton’s record while vague about his own, and he was defensive about his shifting stands on the Iraq war over the years. He repeatedly declared that he was ready to handle national security issues.
“A hundred percent,” Mr. Trump said, one of several instances he made blunt assertions but provided no details. He was especially insistent in defending his praise of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin.
“I think when he calls me brilliant, I’ll take the compliment, O.K.?” Mr. Trump said.
Of the two candidates, Mrs. Clinton faced by far the tougher and most probing inquiry from the moderator, Matt Lauer of NBC, and from an audience of military veterans. Those questions covered topics including her use of a private email server while secretary of state, her vote authorizing the use of force in Iraq and her hawkish foreign policy views.
She appeared stilted at first, particularly when one Republican — a veteran who had held a top-secret naval flight clearance — said he would have been “prosecuted and imprisoned” if he had handled classified information as she had done on her private email server. He charged that she had “clearly corrupted our national security.”
“I appreciate your concern and also your experience,” Mrs. Clinton began, and she described the designations for classified material and how she had handled the most sensitive material “very seriously.”
“I did exactly what I should have done,” she said. “Always have, and always will.”
The forum was a rare moment when Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump all but appeared in the same room together, talking one after the other and facing the same audience and moderator. By the end of the night, the candidates had offered a study in contrasts on substance and style.
A sign outside the Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C. which is set to open next week.
Al Drago/The New York Times
The Republican presidential nominee’s new hotel is set to open in the capital, and like his campaign, it has been a polarizing proposition.
Donald J. Trump spoke about national defense at the Union League of Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Eric Thayer for The New York Times
In a speech at the Union League of Philadelphia, Mr. Trump called for an end to the military spending sequester and contrasted his views with those of Hillary Clinton.
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. An image of the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, is in the background.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
Endorsements by retired officers have become a regular part of the presidential campaign. But some military experts say the importance of such support is overrated.
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio campaigning in Dayton in July.
Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times
Many Republican groups, who either reject Mr. Trump or see his campaign as a lost cause, are instead threatening to bury Senate Democrats in negative advertising.
Edgard Garrido/Reuters..
The minister, Luis Videgaray, is said to have championed the idea of inviting Donald J. Trump to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Fact Checks
Donald J. Trump spoke about national security at the Union League of Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Scrutinizing Donald Trump’s National Security Speech
In his comments on security and the military, Mr. Trump included some misleading claims, and some plans that were little different from current policy.

Sam Hodgson for The New York Times
The 2016 Race
She’s no longer leading by seven or eight points, but a clearer picture of where she stands will soon emerge as high-quality polls roll in.

Matt Lauer with Hillary Clinton during Wednesday’s forum at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
News Analysis
The NBC anchor found himself besieged by critics of all political stripes, who accused him of unfairness, sloppiness and even sexism in his handling of the event.

An examination of how truthful some of the responses were during the televised forum with Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump.

  Donald J. Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, speaking with the news media en route to a campaign event in Youngstown, Ohio, this month.
Ty Wright for The New York Times
“I believe Barack Obama was born in Hawaii,” Mr. Pence said, departing from his running mate, who helped lead the “birther” movement and has, more recently, avoided the issue.
Donald Trump as Lear? Hillary Clinton as Rosalind in “As You Like It”? Or as Hamlet? A former theater reporter sets the stage.