Who Won? Pundits Weigh In on Trump-Clinton Debate


Juan Williams, Brit Hume and Dana Perino gave their assessments of the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Williams said Trump was never able to fully "exploit" the email scandal and on the "defensive" for most of the 90 minutes. 

He said Trump succeeded early with his criticism of trade deals, but failed to use the email issue to raise questions about Clinton's trustworthiness.

Perino said Trump was "on his heels" for most of the night and did not spend his time wisely by going on a long defense of his past views on the Iraq War.

"He wasn't the one in the room with classified information, who was briefed and who actually had to vote. Hillary Clinton was. I don't think he has to own that as much," said Perino. 

Hume said Trump "dominated the stage" for the first 10-15 minutes but had trouble answering questions about the "birther" controversy and his tax returns.

He said Trump looked "annoyed and uncomfortable" when he was not talking, while Clinton looked more composed, though possibly "smug" at times.

Watch the full segment above.


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