The third and final U.S. presidential debate has wrapped up in Las Vegas, and it was just as explosive as the first two.
The face-off quickly shifted from a calm, policy-focused face-off into a bitter and deeply personal confrontation. Donald Trump repeatedly clashed with Hillary Clinton, calling her a liar and at one point, a “nasty woman.” Clinton coined Trump as “unfit” to be the commander in chief.
When the candidates took the stage at the University of Nevada, they did not shake hands. When it was over, Trump and Clinton shook hands with moderator Chris Wallace from Fox News, but ignored each other.
The 90-minute contest covered the Supreme Court, immigration, abortion and fitness to be president.
The presidential candidates quarreled over Moscow’s influence in the election campaign. Clinton charged that Trump has been a “puppet” for Russian leader Vladimir Putin and that he condones what intelligence officials say is Russian cyber-intrusion. Trump countered that he doesn’t know Putin, but that Clinton dislikes him because he has outsmarted the former secretary of state and President Barack Obama.
Trump’s sexual assault allegations resurfaced during the debate, with the Republican candidate maintaining the allegations against him are “fiction”.
After days of saying the U.S. election is “rigged,”’ Donald Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of next month’s presidential election if he loses to Hillary Clinton.
“Your running mate, Governor Pence, pledged on Sunday that he and you, his words, will absolutely accept the result of this election. Today, your daughter, Ivanka, said the same thing. I want to ask you here on the stage tonight, do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely, sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of this election,” asked moderator Wallace.
“I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now, I’ll look at it at the time,” replied Trump.
He then doubled down on the comment upon further questioning.
“What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time, I’ll keep you in suspense.”
Americans will go to the polls in 19 days on November 8th.
With files from Global News.