The day after a rehearsed and prepared presidential candidate matched wits with a decidedly improvisational opponent during their first televised debate, Hillary Clinton claimed to have won the night, while Donald Trump insisted he was on a path to win the White House.
“One down. Two to go!” Clinton told a cheering audience in North Carolina on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Trump told supporters at a rally in Melbourne, Fla.: “Almost every single poll had us winning the debate against crooked Hillary Clinton — big league.”
As many have noted, the online polls Trump cited are unscientific.
The Trump campaign later issued a news release touting the candidate’s haul of post-debate donations. “As a result of Donald Trump’s huge debate win last night, we had a massive fundraising day bringing in more than $18 million. ”
But Clinton, speaking to a community college crowd in Raleigh, described Monday’s 98-minute debate with an air of triumph. Her opponent’s statements, she said, chuckling, created “a lot of work for fact-checkers.”
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