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Here's 'What They're Saying' About the Debate

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as expected, had a heated—and at times, contentious—final debate Wednesday night. Here's "what they are saying" about it:


Politico's Glenn Thrush: "Trump Is Doing Very, Very Well."

National Review's Tim Alberta: "Trump Brought It Tonight. Rock Solid 30 Mins In."

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "Trump's Best 30 Minutes in Any of the 3 Debates."

Politico's Shane Goldmacher: "Brutal, Accurate Trump Line: 'That Was a Great Pivot Off the Fact That She Wants Open Borders.'"

The Daily Caller's Katie Frates: "Trump Slams Hillary On Trade: 'The One Thing You Have Over Me Is Experience. Bad Experience'"

Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur: "On Clinton's Talk of 'Advise And Consent,' Worth Noting She Was Part of The Dem Caucus That Filibustered Numerous Bush Appellate Nominees."

New York Daily News' Cameron Joseph: "Debating Late-Term Abortions Isn't The Best Way For [Hillary Clinton] To Be Spending Her Time. Polls Show It's Pretty Unpopular Stance."

Yahoo! News' Olivier Knox: "Clinton Says She Won't Add 'One Penny' to the National Debt Which Is Not Really How the National Debt Works."

Townhall's Guy Benson: "Hillary Repeats Obama's $250k Tax Pledge, Which He's Broken Repeatedly."

The Atlantic's Adam Servianski: "Trump Is Right About Hillary Lying About Her Position on TPP"

CNN's Andrew Kaczynski: "Trump Is Right That Clinton Mislead (on TPP) and Fact-Checkers Said He Was Right."

New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman: "Clinton Struggled With Open Border Question and Now Dissembling on Emails."

CBS News' John Dickerson: "That's a Huge Duck on Clinton Foundation."


Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.): "This election is about the direction and future of America. Voters have a real choice between a distinct set of ideas and leadership values offered by both candidates. But it's Donald Trump who's got the right message and a pro-growth agenda that resonates with workers and families struggling under Obama's economy. Trump is also the national security candidate who's committed to strengthening America's military and defending America's global interests without reservation. On these issues, which are among the most important to the American people, Trump is the only choice for a stronger and more prosperous nation."

Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.): "Once again, Donald Trump won the debate. He showed that we have a clear choice between Hillary Clinton's four more years of the same failed policies of President Obama, or Mr. Trump's vision to bring positive change to the American people through a renewed economy, pro-growth tax policies, repealing and replacing Obamacare, defeating ISIS and regaining respect for the United States on the world stage."

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.): "Last night Americans were reminded why we cannot afford another four years of the Clinton-Obama record of abysmal economic growth and declining respect globally. Donald Trump showed he understands the complexities of Syria and proved that Hillary failed during her tenure at the State Department—our world is less safe because of her decisions. Mr. Trump the only candidate with innovative plans to stimulate our nation's economy by bringing back jobs to our shores. He's the only candidate that will put America first and recapture its standing around the world and make America a safer place to raise a family."

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.): "Donald Trump proved once again that he is the true voice of the change America needs. He is focused on charting a new course of economic prosperity, job growth and national security while Hillary Clinton is determined to double down on the same policies that are failing the American people. Trump is committed to appointing individuals to the Supreme Court who will uphold the Constitution. The nation is yearning for a brighter future, and Donald Trump's commitment to putting the American people first shows why he should be elected our next president."

Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.): "Our nation needs someone who will fight for jobs for our communities because that is what we need and that is what is fair. That person is clearly Donald Trump. A Hillary Clinton presidency is unacceptable. She is striving to create a liberal Supreme Court to carry on her agenda for years and arrogantly believes she can say one thing publicly, then privately carry out and entirely different agenda. She has demonstrated recklessness regarding classified information and risked American lives simply for her personal convenience. We need someone who cares about our families. That is Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton."

Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.): "For the Supreme Court, for the security of our borders and for tax relief for millions of American families, farmers and small-business owners, Donald Trump once again showed why he is the best choice to be the next president of the United States of America. After three debates, it's now clear that Donald Trump is the only candidate who can lead our country in a positive direction and put an end to the failures of the Clinton-Obama policies. On the key issues, Donald Trump's proposals win on the merits and provide the path forward that America has been lacking for the past eight years."

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.): "Last night's debate set the tone for the remaining 20 days of the 2016 election. We watched in concert with the rest of the world as Donald Trump laid out a vision of prosperity and security for our nation and her people. In stark contrast, we saw carefully orchestrated talking points that Secretary Clinton used to outline a plan for the continuation of the failed policies of the current administration. These failed policies have increased the size of the federal government and decreased living standards for everyday Americans. What remains to be seen is if the media will continue their biased and relentless assault of Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump's performance reflected the sentiments of many Americans and it is my sincere hope that the media focuses on the difference of policy positions rather than the personalities."

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio): "During tonight's final debate, Hillary Clinton confirmed that, if elected, she'll continue pursuing the failed policies of Barack Obama that have led to the slowest economic growth since the 1940s, and that have made America less safe and secure. In the face of constant attacks from his rival and unprecedented media bias, Mr. Trump remained strong and focused on the issues important to the American people. He communicated his plans for America while Hillary Clinton danced around serious ethical charges regarding the Clinton Foundation, her secret email server and her campaign's instigation of violence at Trump rallies. Tonight, Donald Trump succeeded in reminding the American people once again that Hillary Clinton's actions have disqualified her from being our commander in chief."

Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.): "During tonight's final debate, the American people again saw the stark contrast in this presidential election. Donald Trump is an outsider businessman who is helping hard working Americans get from payday to payday. Hillary Clinton is a career politician who is going to double down on the failed economic policies of the past eight years that are hurting American families. She wants more taxes, new burdensome regulations, and a single-payer health care system. As Secretary of State, her failed foreign policies led to a smaller military, weaker defense, and a more dangerous world. By definition, Hillary Clinton is a product of the political bubble. Judging by her actions, she will do anything to protect her own political career. She repeatedly lied to the American people about Benghazi, her personal emails, and the Clinton Foundation. She has ridiculed Americans that disagree with her—even calling them 'deplorable.' At the end of the day, this election is bigger than any single issue or person. It is about changing the direction of our country. We need someone who can finally break through the status quo in Washington before it's too late."

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee: "We need to fix Washington's broken tax code. As leader of the Republican "Better Way" Tax Reform blueprint, I want a president who will work with us, not against us, to enact a fairer, simpler tax code for families and businesses. The choice couldn't be clearer. Donald Trump and his tax team have vowed to take up pro-growth tax reform in his first 100 days in office to grow our local economy. Hillary Clinton wants higher taxes on families and local businesses to grow Washington's economy. Elections aren't just about personalities, they are about ideas. If you want lower taxes, a tax code so simple and fair most taxpayers can file on a postcard, and you want to bust up the IRS—then Donald Trump is the best choice. If you want to grow the IRS, make the tax code more complex and ensure Washington takes more of your hard-earned money, then Hillary Clinton is right for you. And if your future is tied to traditional energy like natural gas and oil, you can count on her fighting relentlessly to 'keep it in the ground'—regulating and taxing your energy job out of existence. If you want to change the direction of America, if you believe in a strong national defense, less government and taxes, protection for the unborn and tax reform, then the Republican ticket of Trump-Pence is the right choice. That's who I'm backing."

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.): "Like many Americans, I am thankful we had one final debate to force Hillary Clinton to answer the growing mountain of questions regarding her corruption, collusion, quid pro quo, pay-to-play and unethical policies and practices as secretary of state and as a candidate for president. Mr. Trump proved he is the better choice on voters' top issues like growing the economy, defending America, securing the border, reducing the cost of health care and putting American jobs first."

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.): "Donald Trump tonight showed voters across America why he is the leader we need in the White House. Mr. Trump remains focused on protecting the Supreme Court, expanding economic opportunities and eliminating the status quo that has failed so many Americans these last eight years. Voters believe in the change Donald Trump will bring and I am confident the results on Election Day will reflect that belief."

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.): "I am happy that Donald Trump pointed out the failures of career politicians like Hillary Clinton. What we need now is action, not words. It's time we changed the way Washington works and brought honesty back to governance. #DrainTheSwamp #MakeAmericaGreatAgain"

Rep. Dianne Black (R-Tenn.): "Donald Trump won tonight's debate by reminding Americans that Hillary Clinton is simply too corrupt, too incompetent and too extreme to be president of the United States. Hillary Clinton's America will erode our 2nd Amendment rights, will disregard the lives of our precious unborn, will continue the failed experiment of Obamacare, and will sabotage the Supreme Court for more than a generation. Tonight, Donald Trump demonstrated once again that we can count on him and Mike Pence to protect the freedoms that Hillary Clinton seeks to diminish and to appoint Supreme Court justices who will adhere to the Constitution above a political ideology."

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