Published: Sat, September 17, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Hillary, Trump go head to head in Commander-in-Chief forum

Hillary, Trump go head to head in Commander-in-Chief forum

Hillary Clinton, speaking today at a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, ripped into Donald Trump for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin during a forum on national security Wednesday night, calling his comments "unpatriotic" and "dangerous".

Ms Clinton also defended her support for U.S. military intervention in Libya, despite the chaos that has consumed that country since then.

Mike Pence, governor of IN and Donald Trump's running mate, said Thursday that it's "inarguable" Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "stronger leader" than President Barack Obama. "When you speak, it should actually reflect thought-out policy you can implement".

The Democratic nominee for president was speaking at a fundraiser in NY on Friday night when she said, "to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables". He said Russian Federation and the United States have a joint interest in defeating Islamic State jihadists.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton confronted their key weaknesses in a televised national security forum. That gave her scant time to address other issues like Isis and Syria.

He said it would be a wonderful story if such idea is worked on.

Clinton vowed not to send United States ground troops to fight IS in Iraq or Syria, while highlighting her national security experience compared to Trump's unpredictability in the face of the terrorism threat. This one was a given, but the Clinton campaign was probably surprised at the multiple questions that Lauer pressed her on the use of a private server when she was secretary of state.

"It's inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country", Trump's running mate told CNN.

At one point, Pence also drew a comparison between Trump and former President Ronald Reagan, a darling of the conservative movement, saying both men exhibited humility. "I'm not going to promise something that I think most thinking Americans know is going to be a huge challenge". Both Clinton and Trump are gearing up to deliver their closing arguments in the presidential race.

Trump said he was "shocked" by what he heard at the briefings.

Mr Trump edged ahead of Mrs Clinton in a new CNN/ORC poll, by 45 per cent to 43 per cent among likely voters.

Questioned back-to-back but not face-to-face, the presidential foes will address an audience of veterans and active-duty troops - and a national TV audience - from the decommissioned USS Intrepid, which is now a floating museum in NY.

"He supported it before it happened, he supported it as it was happening, and he is on the record as supporting it after it happened", Clinton said. He refuses to take responsibility for his support.

"I was totally against the war in Iraq", he said during the forum.

"Steadiness, an absolute rock steadiness, mixed with strength to make the hard decisions", she said.

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