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Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump clash over plans for US economy during 90-minute debate

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:46 IST

Presidential nominees for the upcoming election in the United States, Democrat Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump, launched sharp attacks on each other through a live debate on 27 September.

In the opening minute, both the candidates clashed over the issue of jobs and Hillary landed a crucial blow to Trump by accusing him of peddling "trumped up trickle down" economics.

In his response, Trump made a crucial point by stating that China and Mexico are stealing American business and jobs.

"We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us, we have to stop companies from leaving the United States," Trump said.

The 90 minutes debate also included personal jibes as Hillary questioned about Trump's tax returns, while the latter asked the former to make the content of her deleted emails public.

"I will release my tax returns against my lawyer`s wishes when she releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted," Trump said.

Clinton fired back saying, "I have no reason to believe that he`s ever going to release his tax returns, because there`s something he`s hiding."

The Democrat also accused Trump of using a racist lie to aid his political campaign.

"He tried to put the whole racist `birther` lie to bed. But it can`t be dismissed that easily. He has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen," the Democrat said.

The 90-minute debate was hosted by Moderator Leslie Holt of NBC News at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York.

Watch the full debate here:

First published: 27 September 2016, 8:19 IST