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Presidential candidates meet in first debateSubmitted: 09/27/2016
HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK - Donald Trump aggressively tried to pin the nation's economic and national security problems on Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate, belittling the former senator and secretary of state as a "typical politician" incapable of delivering the change many Americans crave.

But Trump found himself on the defensive for much of the 90-minute showdown Monday night.

Clinton was thoroughly prepared, not only with detailed answers about her own policy proposals, but also sharp criticism of Trump's business record, his past statements about women, and his false assertions that President Barack Obama may not have been born in the United States.

The Democrat also blasted Trump for his refusal to release his tax returns, breaking with decades of presidential campaign tradition.

The two vice presidential candidates unsurprisingly saw their running mates as debate winners.

Democrat Tim Kaine says Donald Trump "looked like he was running out of gas" and Republican Mike Pence accused Hillary Clinton of launching "an avalanche of insults" at Trump.

They appeared on morning news shows Tuesday after the first debate between Trump and Clinton.

On NBC's "Today" show, Kaine, said he thought Trump offered few specifics on policies, adding, "I don't think he was prepared."

Pence countered that Trump was "focused on the issues that the American people care about." Pence also said he thought Trump came off as an agent for change while Clinton epitomized the Washington "status quo."

Kaine and Pence will appear together in a debate October 4th at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

Story By: Associated Press

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