The First Presidential Debate 2016: Where to Watch & What Everyone’s Saying
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Tonight (Sept. 26), America — and the rest of the world, for that matter —watched as the leading candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, faced off in the first presidential debate ahead of the upcoming 2016 election. The event was already forecasted to be the most-watched debate in television history.
The debate was held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and was moderated by NBC News’ Lester Holt. Topics included the economy, national security, domestic policy, climate change — and “temperament.
See some assorted debate weigh-ins, jokes and jabs below.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 27, 2016
In anticipation of tonight's debate I would ask all journalist's to stop using the word, "untruth" and instead use the word, "lie". Thanks.
— David Cross (@davidcrosss) September 26, 2016
Has there ever been a more anticipated debate than we have coming at us tonight? Gonna be interesting!! #Election2016
— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) September 26, 2016
Not gonna lie, racing home tonight to watch the presidential debate. It's like a bizarre UFC finale
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) September 26, 2016
I predict tonites debate will inadvertently be the single best argument for fully legalizing marijuana. #debatenight
— dean norris (@deanjnorris) September 26, 2016
Thank god the presidential debate is tonight to distract us from more pressing issues like when Kim Kardashian's new emojis will come out.
— braden graeber (@hipstermermaid) September 26, 2016
Tonight's presidential debate drinking game! pic.twitter.com/psZBFniCuO
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 26, 2016
.@LesterHoltNBC, tonight's debate should-of course-include questions on the climate crisis, the greatest threat we face as a nation & world.
— Al Gore (@algore) September 26, 2016
After tonight's debate I'm volunteering at a suicide hotline to help with the flood of fact checkers who'll be calling in.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 26, 2016
I'll be live tweeting te debate tonight. I'm very excited for this to go down.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) September 26, 2016
No one should have to debate on #NationalPancakeDay.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) September 26, 2016
One nice thing about tonight's debate is that it will be so stressful you'll die watching it and won't have to witness the election.
— @midnight (@midnight) September 26, 2016
A double standard is when a woman has to be perfect to win a debate and a psycho narcissist has to not be Draco Malfoy to win a debate.
— Bryan Safi (@bryansafi) September 26, 2016
MODERATOR: whats ur favorite anime
HILLARY: (recalls focus group) Spirited Away
TRUMP: I've seen all the animes. I love anime. next question
— ✨Albro✨ (@bromanconsul) September 26, 2016
hillary gotta start the debate by throwing chalk in the air like lebron
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) September 26, 2016
I have a vomit bag, anxiety medication and a cyanide capsule ready in preparation for #debatenight
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 26, 2016
The United States presidential debates on tonight-whether you hate politics or love politics,please watch them.Inform yourself,watch with me
— Ian Somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) September 26, 2016
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