WATCH LIVE: Hillary Clinton v Donald Trump's final debate

  • Hillary Clinton v Donald Trump debate begins live at 11am AEST (Noon ADST)



12.34: Why should you be president? (Closing statement)

Hillary Clinton:

"I would like to say to everyone watching tonight I am reaching out to all Americans, Democrats, Republican and Independent because we need everyone to help make our country the way it should be. 

"To make it fairer, to make it work for everyone.

"We need your talents, your still skills, your commitment, your ambition. 

"I know the awesome responsibility of protecting our country and incredible opportunity of working to try and make life better for all of you.

"I have made the cause of children and families really my life's work. That's what my mission will be in the presidency.

"I will stand up for families against powerful interests, against corporations, I will do everything that I can to make sure that you have good jobs with rising incomes, that your kids have good educations from preschool through college.

"I hope you will give me a chance to serve as your President."

Donald Trump

"We are going to make America great.

"We have a depleted military, it has to be fixed.

"We have the greatest people on earth in our military. We don't take care of our veterans, we take care of our illegal immigrants better than our vets.

"Our policemen and women are disrespected. Our inner cities are a disaster. You get shot walking to the store, they have no education, no jobs.

"I will do more for African-American and Latinos than she can do in 10 lifetimes, all she can do is talk to the African-American and Latinos but they get the vote and come back and say see you in four years.

"We are going to make America strong again and make America great again and it has to start now.


12.25PM: How will you solve the country's national debt problem?

Moderator Wallace puts it to the candidates that both Ms Clinton and Mr Trump's economic plans would increase national debt from 77% to 86% for Ms Clinton and up to 105% of GDP.

Why are they ignoring this?

Mr Trump begins, saying that the estimates are wrong. 

He will deliver "tremendous jobs".

"We have a tremendous machine. We will have created a tremendous economic machine once again."

Ms Clinton says her policies "do not add a penny to national debt", although she does not address how it would be reduced.

She said the cost of the education and infrastructure programs she supports, it will come from "the wealth and corporations" being asked to pay more.

"We'll have what economists call middle-out growth.

"We've got to get back to rebuilding the middle class."



12.15PM: What happens if we push ISIS out of Mosul. Will you send in US troops?

Ms Clinton said it would not be "in our interests" and may even inspire the Islamic State to rebuild.

"The goal here is to take back Mosul, it's going to be a hard fight -- I've got no illusions about that -- and then continue to press into Syria to begin to take back and move on Raqqa.

"I am hopeful that the hard work the American military has paid off in that we will see a really successful military operation.

"But we know we have lots of work to do."

Mr Trump is explaining that the loss of Mosul is the fault of Ms Clinton because "she took everybody out".

He did not say whether or not he would bring in US troops.


12:06PM: Will you accept the result of this election?

"I'll look it at the time."

Mr Trump has long been saying that the election is rigged, which has been publicly dismissed by even his running mate Mike Pence.

But Mr Trump is refusing to say he will accept the result of the election.

"What I have seen is so bad.

"The media is so dishonest and so corrupt.

"They have poisoned the minds of the voters but unfortunately for them I think they're going to see through it."

Moderator Wallace attempts to clarify: The tradition in America is that the country comes together for the good of a country no matter how hard-fought the campaign. 

"Are you saying you're not prepared now to commit to that principle?"

"What I am saying is I will tell you at the time. I will keep you in suspense."

Ms Clinton describes the comments as "horrifying".

"We have been around for 240 years.

"We have had free and fair elections.

"We've accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them.

"That is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during the general election."





12:01PM: Trump and Clinton grilled over their fitness for president.

Mr Trump is under pressure after "nine women" have come forward to accuse him of touching them inappropriately after his denial at the previous debate.

"First of all, those stories have been largely debunked".

"I have a feeling it was her campaign that did it."

Mr Trump continues down this line, saying that her "sleazy campaign" likely found these women and pitted them against him.

"I didn't know any of these women, I didn't see any of the women."

He then turns to attack on Ms Clinton's misuse of declassified emails.

Ms Clinton was asked to respond to claims that her husband's behaviour has been worse than that of Mr Trump.

She drilled down on the allegations and his responses since.

"He held a number of big rallies where he said that he could not possibly have done those things to those women because they were not attractive enough for them to be assaulted," she said.

"Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger.

"He goes after their dignity, their self-worth, and I don't think there is a woman anywhere who doesn't know what that feels like.

"I think it is really up to all of us to demonstrate who we are and who our country is."

11.51AM: Clinton attacks Trump's history.

After Mr Trump attacked her history, asking why she did not fix the things she is talking about over her decades in service, Ms Clinton shot back.

Comparing her work against discrimination to Mr Trump's securing a loan from his father.

The comparisons reach a devastating crescendo:

"While I was monitoring the operation that bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice, you were hosting the Celebrity Apprentice."

Mr Trump did not skip a beat, saying he did "a better job".

He said he was "building a massive company, some of the greatest assets in the world" after a $1 million loan.

"If we could one our country the they I have run my company we would have a country you would even be proud of it."


11:40: Mr Trump, even conservative economists say your numbers don't add up.

Mr Trump points to India, growing at 8% and China growing at 7%.

"Our country is stagnant. We have lost our jobs, lost our businesses, we are not making things anymore," he said.

"I pass factories that were thriving 20, 25 years ago, because of the bill her husband signed and she blessed 100%.

"It is horrible what is happening to the people in the communities."

Ms Clinton returns fire.

"There is only one of us on this stage that has shipped jobs to Mexico. that's Donald," she said.

She said America is battling the "illegal dumping of steel and aluminium" into its markets, something that Mr Trump has used in his business.

"He goes around with crocodile tears with how terrible it is, but he has given jobs to Chinese steel workers, not American steel workers."




Abortion has been brought into the centre of the US presidential debate, with Mr Trump asked if he would expect his appointments to the nation's highest court to overturn the Roe v Wade precedent which allows abortions in the US.

Mr Trump says he will appoint "pro-life justices" to the courts, the end of Roe v Wade would "happen automatically".

Ms Clinton said she supports the court precedent that allows for abortions, something she considers "the most difficult decisions" a woman can make.

"I will defend Roe v Wade and I will defend women's rights to make their own health care decisions.

"We have come too far to have that turn back now.

"Indeed, he said women should be punished, there should be some form of punishment for women who obtain abortions.

"I could just not be more opposed to that kind of thing."

Mr Trump is appearing calm and measured in his arguments and positions. So far his performance has been the strongest so far of the three debates.



11:11AM: First question on how the constitution should be interpreted.

Do we follow the words as written, or does it have to change to reflect the modern world?

Ms Clinton envisions a Supreme Court to "stand up on behalf of women's rights", and LGBT rights, and who will stand up for Citizens United, which she says has introduced "dark money" into politics.

Mr Trump zeroed in on the second amendment which enshrines the nation's right to bear arms, saying it is "absolute under siege".

If he is able to win, he vows to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who would have "a conservative bent", who will be pro-life and protect the second amendment.


11AM: Debate begins

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump walk directly to their lecterns.

There are no pleasantries.


Final debate: Rise like a phoenix, or crash in a blaze?

THERE is nothing more dangerous than a creature backed into a corner with little prospect of survival.

They are unpredictable. And they may draw blood.

This is what Hillary Clinton faces as she enters the final US Presidential debate against Donald Trump.

It will be moderated by Fox News' anchor Chris Wallace.

A presidential victory for Mr Trump now seems all but impossible based on the latest polls, even as Ms Clinton continues to try to swat away revelation after revelation from Wikileaks.

With Mr Trump so far behind in the polls, there is no telling how he will behave in this debate.

Trying to channel a more "presidential" version of himself seems pointless given his comments -- both current and historic -- that have haunted him through the campaign.


Does he make an attempt to show American that he could be a president who could govern for even the moderate voters, or does he abandon all hope, and use this platform to not only tear into his enemies but set the groundwork for what will come after this campaign. 

Will he repeat the accusation that Ms Clinton was on drugs at her last debate appearance, or will he focus on he now oft-repeated claim that the entire voting system is rigged somehow?

Washington Post seems to suggest the latter -- he is thought to have invited Barack Obama's half-brother and Trump supporter, and the mother of an American killed during attacks in Libya, while Ms Clinton was secretary of state.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally.

Ms Clinton has been happy enough to keep out of the limelight as Mr Trump and his surrogates continue to come under heavy, friendly fire for his alleged treatment of women.

But from 11AM AEST (Noon ADST), she will again be centre-stage. 

For this debate to matter to the final polls, Ms Clinton would have to say or do something monumentally appalling.

It's hard to see how anything Mr Trump does today will change the course of this election.

Today is Mr Trump's final chance if he wants to emerge victorious next month, if he wants to prove to the world that he's a winner, not a loser.

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