Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clash on race, temperament and taxes in fiery first presidential TV debate

Baku, September 27, AZERTAC

Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of promulgating a "racist lie" over Barack Obama's birthplace and suggested he may not pay income tax as the first of three presidential debates grew vitriolic and personal, according to Telegraph.

It began in a civilised manner, with both candidates greeting each other, shaking hands and easing themselves into the first question on trade.

Mr Trump had planned to be restrained and "very respectful", but his early discipline gave way to the improvisational, combative style he displayed at the Republican debates earlier in the campaign.

The Republican nominee continually interjected during Mrs Clinton's answers, while the former secretary of state employed not her voice but a sarcastic smile as he spoke.

Given the recent high-profile police shootings and the resulting protests, it was little surprise that race played a significant role in the debate.

Mr Trump proposed the return of "stop and frisk" the controversial policing tactic that was ruled unconstitutional after being implemented in New York. He emphasised the need for "law and order", while Mrs Clinton instead focused on discrimination against young black and Hispanic men.

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