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Trump 'may hit Clinton harder' in next US presidential debate

Trump sought to deflect criticism of his debate performance, saying the debate moderator, Lester Holt of NBC News, asked him 'very unfair questions' and that he was given a 'very bad' microphone Photograph: (AFP)

Hempstead, United Kingdom Sep 27, 2016, 07.53 PM (IST)

Republican preidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he may hit Clinton harder after the Democratic nominee accused him of being racist, sexist and a tax dodger in the first of three US presidetial debates held on Monday.

"I may hit her harder in certain ways," Trump said in a telephone interview with Fox & Friends. "I eased up because I didn't want to hurt anybody's feelings."

Clinton brushed off Trump's vow, saying, "He can run his campaign however he chooses," Reuters reported.

Speaking to Fox news, Trump said that when Clinton criticised him for his treatment of women, ''I was going to to hit her with her husband's women.'' He added that he resisted brining the topic of Clinton's husband and former president Bill Clinton's marital infideltiy because 'her daughter was in the room'.

"When she hit me at the end with women, I was going to to hit her with her husband's women. And I decided I shouldn't do it because her daughter was in the room. I didn't feel comfortable doing it."

Trump reportedly had an affair with Marla Maples while he was married to his first wife, Ivana Trump. He married and eventually divorced Maples and married his current wife, Malania Trump.

The real estate Mogul defended his performance on the debate by saying that the debate moderator, Lester Holt of NBC News, asked him some 'hostile questions'. He suggested that while he was asked tough questions, Clinton was let off easy.

"He (Holt) didnt ask her (Clinton) about the emails at all, he didnt ask her about her about her scandals. He didnt ask her about the Benghazi deal that she destroyed," Trump said.

He further complained that had a problem with the microphone. ''I wonder if it was set up that way,'' Trump said. However, he added that he thought the debate went really well, ''A lot of people thought I won."

Clinton, speaking to reporters on her campaign plane, said, "Anyone who complains about the microphone is not having a good night."

A CNN/ORC snap poll said 62 per cent of respondents felt Clinton won and 27 per cent believed Trump was the winner, Reuters reported.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in the first US Presidential debate early Tuesday morning India time.

The debate was 90 minutes long, moderated by the anchor of NBC Nightly News Lester Holt, and divided into three sections -- achieving prosperity, America's direction, and securing America.

The television audience for debate looks set to approach 80-million viewer record for such events set in 1980, early Nielsen viewership data cited by US media suggested, Reuters reported.

The next two debates are scheduled on Oct 9 in St.Louis and Oct. 19 in Las Vegas.


(WION with inputs from Reuters)


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