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And what was with the sniffling, Donald?

Even Republicans are saying Hillary Clinton was the winner in her first debate with Donald Trump Monday night.

The two US Presidential candidates faced off at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, in a debate moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. Millions of people tuned in to the debate, making it one of the most-watched television events of the year.

Clinton was well-prepared, while Trump, who is infamous for saying outrageous and offensive things, struggled to keep up with her and repeatedly lost his cool.

When Trump took a jab at Clinton for doing debate prep while he continued making campaign stops – “You decided to stay home, and that’s okay. But I will tell you, I’ve been all over,” – she was ready with a retort.

“I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And, yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that’s a good thing.”

In a focus group made up of 21 undecided voters in Pennsylvania, election pollster Frank Luntz said 16 people picked Hillary as the winner, versus five who thought Trump bested her. CNN’s focus group of people on the fence in Florida had 18 out of 20 people picking Clinton. And a Politico Caucus survey showed that eight out of 10 insiders in hotly contested states said Clinton did better than Trump – including 57 per cent of Republicans. 

Trump complained to reporters afterward that his microphone didn’t work correctly (“Did you notice that? My mic was defective within the room. I wonder, was that on purpose?”), while people wondered whether his continual sniffles during the debate meant he had a cold, or if they could be the result of something else.

When Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this month, Trump took the opportunity to call her health into question, boasting that he had the stamina to stand up in crowded rooms for hours. “It is always hot when I perform because the crowds are so big. These rooms were not designed for this kind of a crowd … I don’t know, folks, you think Hillary would be able to stand up here for an hour and do this? I don’t think so.”

On Tuesday morning, Trump denied he’d been sniffling and brought up the microphone issue again. “You know, the mic was very bad, but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing,” Trump said on Fox & Friends. “But no sniffles. No cold.”

The next Trump/Clinton showdown is scheduled for October 9th, at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Comment: Did you watch the debate? What did you think?