At debate watching parties across the city, Seattle Times staffers provided live reporting and analysis on the final showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
What you need to know
- Wednesday night’s debate was split into six 15-minute segments, with moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday asking questions on six predetermined topics: Debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign policy and each candidate’s fitness to serve as president.
- Here’s a fact-check of the presidential candidates’ claims.
- Trump refused to say he will accept the results of next month’s election if he loses to Clinton. The Democratic nominee declared Trump’s resistance “horrifying.”
Update, 7:40 p.m.:
Moderator Chris Wallace closed the election’s third and final presidential debate by asking Clinton and Trump to make final statements, despite that not being part of the predetermined plan.
Trump said the military is “depleted,” veterans don’t have adequate care and “inner cities are a disaster.” Trump asserted he is much better poised to fix the problems than Clinton.
Clinton said she has made children and families her “life’s work” and added, “That’s what my mission will be in the presidency.” She said she’s reaching out to all Americans, regardless of their political affiliation.
Some Twitter blowback came as viewers realized climate change was not one of the six predetermined topics for the 90-minute showdown, meaning it won’t have come up in any of the three presidential debates this year.
Once the show was all said and done, Trump and Clinton didn’t shake hands. They didn’t shake hands at the beginning either.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant will also debate tonight. That event will start soon.
Update, 7:39 p.m.:
Clinton said she’s “encouraged” by the Iraqi-led offensive to retake the city of Mosul.
Trump said it’s only an issue because the Obama administration — and Clinton while at the State Department — pulled troops from Iraq in the first place.
The Republican presidential nominee again denied that he supported the invasion of Iraq. That is demonstrably false.
That wasn’t the only time the candidates were pressed in the debate to explain comments from their past. Here is a look at some of those claims.
After asserting no one has more respect for women than he does, Trump interrupted Clinton’s discussion of Social Security and Medicare by calling her “such a nasty woman.” That moment did not sit well with some viewers in Seattle and elsewhere.
At a watching party in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood, Jessica Sparks said that interruption was the debate’s lowest point. “You have no respect for women when you say that,” she said.
Clinton did not react to Trump’s comment and instead completed her statement.
Update, 7:20 p.m.:
Asked if he’ll accept the election’s results, Trump said, “I will look at it at the time.”
When moderator Chris Wallace pressed him again, the Republican presidential nominee responded that he’d “keep you in suspense.”
Trump has repeated recently that the national media are trying to rig the election.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press is reporting that Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, suggested the Republican nominee will honor the results of the election if he loses.
Update, 7:10 p.m.:
Asked about the many women who have come forward to accuse Trump of unwanted sexual advances, the Republican presidential nominee called the accusations “fiction” and blamed Clinton. He then quickly pivoted.
“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” he said.
Update, 7 p.m.:
Trump is back to his usual bluster on the debate stage. For the first 60 minutes, he seemingly held his tongue from interrupting.
Clinton made a point of noting that Trump’s businesses have used foreign workers and materials, and yet he “goes around with crocodile tears about how terrible” the economy is for Americans.
Update, 6:55 p.m.:
Clinton said Trump “choked” during a meeting with the Mexican president when he failed to bring up his own plan to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it.
Trump said Clinton supports open borders for immigration, and he pointed to hacked emails released by Wikileaks to prove it. He went on to disagree with U.S. intelligence officials who have concluded that Russia has hacked those political emails.
Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin is not “my best friend,” but that the Russian leader has “outsmarted” Clinton repeatedly.
Asked to detail her economic strategy, Clinton said she wants to create new clean-energy jobs that will also help the environment. She pledged to raise the national minimum wage and declared that women should get “equal pay for the work we do,” meaning reducing the wage gap with their male counterparts.
Clinton also defended President Barack Obama’s economic record.
Update, 6:40 p.m.:
Trump highlighted his hard-line immigration strategy as a way to get “bad hombres” out of the U.S. The expression took off online, and some viewers in Seattle weren’t pleased.
Trump reaffirmed that he would build a wall on the Mexican border and deport “some bad, bad people in this country,” then figure out who could be readmitted. He blamed some “bad hombres here” for drug epidemics around the country, and he promised “we’re going to get ’em out.”
Overall, though, a much more restrained Trump is onstage, compared to the election’s first and second presidential debates. He is largely waiting to speak until he’s asked questions and declining to interrupt.
Clinton accused the Republican presidential nominee of employing immigrants in the country illegally.
Update, 6:25 p.m.:
The debate’s first question focused on interpretation of the Constitution and what kind of justices Trump and Clinton would appoint to the Supreme Court.
Trump said the Second Amendment is “under such trauma.” He promised to appoint justices who would be “pro-life,” have a “conservative bent” and protect gun-ownership rights.
Clinton said she supports a Supreme Court that stands “on the side of the American people” and not the “powerful corporations and the wealthy.” She said the nation’s highest court should not reverse its decisions on abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Clinton said it should, however, reverse its Citizens United decision that allows “dark” money into politics.
She added that the Senate has a responsibility to act on a president’s Supreme Court pick.
Clinton said she supports a woman’s right to undergo a late-term abortion, saying the government should not have a role in “the most personal” of decisions. Trump likened partial-birth abortions to allowing women to “rip the baby out of the womb” in the ninth month or even on the last day of pregnancy.
Liz Gardner, who was at a watching party in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood, called Trump’s statement on ripping fetuses from wombs “complete nonsense.”
That part of the debate irritated some conservatives who were looking for the Republican presidential nominee to explicitly say that he wants Roe v. Wade overturned.
Update, 6 p.m.:
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are on stage for the election’s final presidential debate. The candidates started the showdown without shaking hands, like the last debate earlier this month, breaking traditional debate decorum.
Update, 5:15 p.m.:
A handful of reporters have fanned out to watching parties across Seattle. Bars and restaurants across the city are hosting viewings.
David Gutman, for instance, is at Columbia City’s Royal Room, where he’s talking to viewers before the 6 p.m. showdown. The room is packed.
There, Tristan Gianola said he’s feeling anxious as the debate gets closer. Will that stop him from tuning in? Nope.
“I would rather know, as well as I can, exactly what we’re getting into, but more realistically what we’re already in,” he said.
Another Clinton supporter, Maren Bostrum said she, in part, supports the Democratic presidential nominee because of the candidate’s professionalism.
Doug Barnes said he’s voting for a write-in candidate. “I don’t think Hillary Clinton or Trump are an answer for what working people face,” he said.
In Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood, The Seattle Times is hosting a party at Phinney Market Pub & Eatery, emceed by columnist Nicole Brodeur and political reporter Jim Brunner. That gathering is ramping up, too.
At the University of Nevada, where Clinton and Trump will take the stage, journalists, musicians, supporters and protesters are prepping for the showdown.
Election Day is 20 days away, and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are about to square off in the last of three presidential debates.
The first, in September, was the most-watched presidential debate ever, with 84 million viewers.
The second, a town hall on Oct. 9, came just days after a 2005 video surfaced showing Trump apparently bragging about sexually assaulting women, which drew rebukes from his own party. Voter signups in Washington spiked after that debate, shattering the state’s previous one-day record for registrations.
Also this month, several women have come forward to say Trump has assaulted, groped or kissed them without their consent. Meanwhile, WikiLeaks has posted scores of emails from a hack of Clinton’s campaign chairman’s personal account.
Check out this interactive graphic from The Associated Press breaking down the first two presidential debates and the Oct. 4 vice-presidential debate. It will be updated later tonight with information from this evening’s showdown.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.