The first of three US presidential debates took place on Tuesday morning and dominated headlines. Donald Trump had previously narrowed in the polls in key American states and went into the debate with a 1-point lead, when including third-party candidates.
The debate was chalked up by experts as a resounding victory to Hillary Clinton by over 20-points. The former US Secretary of State finished off a professional performance strongly while the Republican candidate faded after a solid start.
The debate widely panned out as expected and was a missed opportunity for Trump. Clinton now leads Trump by 3-points (41% to 38%), a 4-point swing in her favour. If this trend continues, it will be hard for The Donald to recover and at $1.44 with Sportsbet, Clinton is looking tasty.
Reports also emerged on Friday that Trump broke the American trade embargo on Cuba, with his hotel company accused of secretly trying to do business in the country, while he backed it in public.
Highlights & Lowlights
Trump trying to distinguish himself from Clinton: “I have a much better temperament.”
Clinton delivering a zinger that would make Bill Shorten proud: "I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And, yes, I did. You know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president.”
When accused of not paying a cent of federal tax, Trump replied: “That makes me smart”.
Clinton responding to Trump’s claim she doesn’t have the stamina to be president: "As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee he can talk to me about stamina.”
Trump on his unreleased tax returns: “I will release my tax returns, against my lawyer's wishes, when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted.”
Winners & Losers
Winner/Loser - Lester Holt: the debate moderator was both praised and criticized after the debate, although at times struggled to control proceedings.
Loser - Alicia Machado: The former Miss Universe and staunch Trump critic refused to deny allegations she was an accessory to murder and threatened to kill a judge.
Winner - Clinton’s emails: The democratic candidate spent a grand total of 46 words, or 15 seconds, explaining her deleted emails and use of a private server while Secretary of State during the debate.
Loser - Trump’s microphone: Trump complained after the debate that he received a defective mic and accused it of being tampered with.
Winner – President Barack Obama: Will be relieved he no longer has to prove he is an American citizen after Trump stated he accepted Obama was born in the US.
Loser – Google search: Accused by Trump of somehow colluding with Clinton’s campaign. Google executives will fear a boycott by supporters of The Donald.
Big Bets & Exotics
The big money talks and punters have been more than willing to put their dollars on the US election. Oddschecker has facilitated a number of large bets, including $3,800 on Clinton and $2000 on Trump in recent days.
Worth mentioning is a gutsy $500 placed on current Vice President, Joe Biden to be the next commander-in-chief at 26/1 odds. Now that’s enterprising!
Those looking for something more exotic should consider having a punt on a recount. Experts at FiveThirtyEight have crunched the stats and give a 7.3% chance that a decisive US state will be too close to call.
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Written by Tim Alexander