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Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) debates with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have debated for a final time before the 8 November election at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
  • The 90-minute debate, which was divided into six 15-minute segments, was moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace. The segments focused on the following issues: debt and entitlements, immigration, economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots, and fitness to be president.
  • Third-party candidates Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) and Jill Stein (Green Party) did not participate in the debate after failing to qualify.
  • You can read IBTimesUK's complete debate guide here.

That concludes our live coverage of the final presidential debate. Be sure to follow our continued coverage of the race for the White House during the final 20 days before the election on 8 November.

The debate is ending "on a positive note" with the moderator giving each candidate a minute for closing statements, which are reportedly unprepared.

"I am reaching out to all Americans," Clinton said adding, "we need your talents, your skills, you commitment, your energy, your ambition.

"I will stand up for families against powerful interests and corporations."

Trump, during his closing statement pledged to take care of veterans over illegal immigrants.

"Our inner cities are a disaster, you get shot walking to the store ... I will do more for African Americans and Latinos than she can do in a lifetime," he said.

"We cannot take four more years of Barack Obama and that's what you get when you get her."

The final topic of the debate is federal spending, with the moderator stating neither candidate has a serious plan to deal with the lack of money for things like Medicare and social security.

"I am cutting taxes, we are going to grow the economy and one thing we have to do is repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare," says Trump, responding to a question on whether he would spend money on a deal that included benefit cuts and tax increases to save Medicare and social security.

Clinton has pledged not to cut benefits and has once again reiterated her plan to maintain and improve Obamacare.

The candidates have moved onto the sixth topic of the night: national debt.

The moderator asked the candidates about the debt, which is the highest it has been since World War II, stating "why are you ignoring this?"

Trump says he intends to create "the kind of country we were" regarding industry, adding "we use political hacks" to negotiate trade.

"We will create an economic machine, the likes of which we haven't seen in many decades," Trump said, promising people they will make a lot of money if he becomes president.

Clinton responds by questioning Trump on when he believed America was great.

"I pay for everything I am proposing, I do not add a penny to the national debt," says Clinton.

"I have made it very clear — we are going where the money is," added Clinton, reiterating plans to tax wealthy corporations and make things better for the middle class.

While Trump is maintaining that he will not let refugees into the US, Clinton says she cannot fathom closing the door on women and children refugees.

The GOP nominee is also claiming that President Obama has admitted "thousands" of Syrian refugees and he does not know where they're from.

However, the US vetting process of refugees is one of "the most stringent," according to a report by CNN.

Trump claims removing Isis from Mosul will be most beneficial to ... Iran?

The conversation briefly shifts to the WikiLeaks emails. Trump brings up the Podesta emails against Clinton, but she quickly brushes his comments off.

Meanwhile, former Republican candidate Marco Rubio, who is running for re-election for his Senate seat, is urging fellow Republicans not to use the WikiLeaks dumps regarding Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. "Today it is the Democrats. Tomorrow, it could be us," he warned in a statement.

Rubio added: "I will not discuss any issue that has become public solely on the basis of WikiLeaks. As our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process, and I will not indulge in it."

Trump has ignored this plea and has continually used WikiLeaks dumps against Clinton.

Trump's says, "Mosul is so sad," incorrectly, claiming that all Islamic State (Isis) fighters have left Mosul because the element of surprise has been lost.

Trump deviates, saying Iran is overtaking Iraq and they should write the US a "thank you letter" for removing the Isis threat from Mosul. He claims Iran will ultimately be the winner if the US helps Iraq remove Isis (Daesh) from Mosul.

The candidates are now discussing foreign hotspots. First up is Iraq and the fight against the Islamic State (Isis).

Clinton says she will not support placing troops on the ground in Iraq if Isis is removed from Iraq. She notes that pushing Isis (Daesh) from Mosul will be tough but remains confident that it will be a successful military operation.

Clinton also says Syria will continue to be a hotbed of terrorists if the civil war continues to ravage the country. She adds she will continue to push for no-fly zones and safe zones within Syria.

Clinton has reiterated Obama's claims that Trump was 'whining' about the system, adding: "He is denigrating, he is talking down our democracy", as the audience is reminded not to make any noise in the background.

Trump claims there are millions of people registered to vote who should not be allowed to, and stated Clinton should not be allowed to run "based on what she did with emails and so many other things". He said this, along with "corrupt media" makes him believe the system is corrupt.

The GOP nominee also says he would not state now whether or not he would accept the result of the election, explaining he would keep people guessing and adding he would comment at the time.


Trump has denied mocking the disability of reporter Serge Kovaleski. Here's the video:

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Trump has brought up Clinton's missing emails once again and urged people to discuss the topic over the "fiction" of the abuse allegations made against him.

However, Clinton has hit back over other comments made by Trump, including his comments toward the gold star family of a US Muslim soldier, claiming "this is a pattern of divisiveness", and accuses Trump of inciting violence and applauding people "who are pushing and punching" at his rallies.

Clinton is now addressing the same topic, reiterating allegations against Trump as he attempts to interrupt her.

"Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger," says Clinton, failing once again to address allegations made against her husband Bill Clinton over the years, all of which the former president has previously denied.

The candidates have moved on to discussing the fourth topic: fitness to be president of the US

Trump is immediately asked about the nine women who he alleged groped or kissed without consent, and why they would "make up" these stories. Meanwhile, Clinton is asked about allegations against Bill Clinton.

"I believe it was her campaign that did it," Trump said of the allegations, adding he believed her campaign also incited violence in Chicago.

"These women... i think they wanted either fame or her campaign did it," he continues.

I'm against it now, I'll be against it later, I'll be against it when I'm President.

- Clinton on the TPP trade deal

Host Chris Wallace asks Clinton if her plan will basically be a continuation of Obama's stimulus plan. She says she personally believes Obama saved the US from economic depression.

Clinton says her plan will not add more to the debt and that she won't raise taxes for anyone making $250,000 or less.

Trump focuses on the US' foreign economic and security deals, saying he will create "great deals" and make countries pay for US protection.

He calls the Obama administration the "Obama regime". The GOP nominee is touting his plans to lower taxes, before again sharing his plans to restructure trade deals.

The next topic is the economy.

Clinton says her plan is to grow the economy and give the middle class more opportunities. She champions equal pay for women, education, debt-free college and for the wealthy and corporations to contribute more than they are at the moment.

The Democratic nominee knocks Trump's economic plan, calling it "trickle down economics on steroids".

And the tweets have started.

Clinton has responded to the subject of her speeches to banks, revealed by Wikileaks with questions over the site's involvement in the election.

The Democrat nominee said Wikileaks information had come "from Putin himself", arguing Russia is involved in espionage in order to influence the US election. Clinton stated that Vladimir Putin would rather have Trump as president because "he would rather have a puppet" than her.

"He has a very clear favourite in this race" she said.

Trump responded, saying that he condemns Russian interference in the election and again denied knowing Putin. "This is not my best friend," he said, but claimed Clinton did not like Putin because "she has been outsmarted and outplayed" by him.

Remaining on the topic of immigration, Clinton has accused Trump of using undocumented workers to build his tower, and suggested he exploited them by underpaying them.

Trump has hit back and said millions and millions of people have been deported under Barack Obama, arguing "you either have borders or you don't".

Clinton says the idea of rounding people up and deporting them is not in keeping with the country's ethos. She said, however, that she does believe in border security and added that resources should be directed at ensuring violent criminals who are not US citizens are deported.

The candidates are now talking about the second topic of the night: Immigration.

Trump is up first and says it is "very unfair" to give people amnesty. He says there are four mothers in the audience whose children have been killed by people who came into the country illegally.

"Drugs are pouring in through the border, we have no country if we have no border," he said.

The GOP nominee has reiterated his commitment to building a wall on the country's southern border.

"We have some bad hombres here and we are going to get them out," he said.

Talk turns to the Second Amendment and the DC vs Heller case. Clinton maintains that she supports the Second Amendment but adds that she also supports common sense legislation and sensible gun control laws.

Trump is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and proudly mentions the support his campaign has from the NRA.

The candidates also discuss Roe vs Wade, the historic case regarding abortion. Trump says he will appoint a pro-life justice and hopes to move abortion decisions to the states. Clinton, meanwhile, says she will defend women's right to make decisions regarding their bodies as well as Planned Parenthood.

The two go head-to-head on the issue of abortion. Clinton says the government should have no business interfering in a women's choice. While Trump argues that the choice to abort foetuses just prior to birth should be completely illegal.

The nominees have made it on stage and like the last debate, they have not shaken hands. First topic of the night: the Supreme Court.

Clinton is up first. She says the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) should be one that will stand up for citizen's rights, including women right's and Citizen's United. Clinton says the SCOTUS should not do away with gay marriage or Roe vs Wade. She hopes that the Senate move forward with the nomination process to fill the vacancy left behind Justice Antonin Scalia.

Arizona Senator John McCain recently vowed that Senate Republicans will band together to shoot down any SCOTUS nominees a President Clinton could bring up.

Trump, on the other hand, focuses on his potential SCOTUS nominees, who he says will be conservatives who will protect the Second Amendment. "It's all about the Constitution...the way it was supposed to be," Trump says.

Donald Trump supporters
Supporters of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump hold up placards during a campaign rally at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado on October 18, 2016. JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images

Trump voters are soaking in the GOP nominee's insistence that the election is "rigged" against him. According to the Boston Globe, supporters in Ohio have openly discussed monitoring polling stations to look out for potential undocumented immigrants who may attempt to vote.

Others are talking about violent rebellion and assassination if Clinton wins next month.

"If she's in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That's how I feel about it," 50-year-old Dan Bowman told the Globe. "We're going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that's what it takes. There's going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that's what it's going to take...I would do whatever I can for my country."

Trump's campaign spoke out against such actions while perpetuating the idea that the election is rigged. "We reject violence in any form and will not allow it to be a part of our campaign," the Trump campaign said in a statement. "Those who hold unacceptable views do not represent the millions of Americans who are tired of the rigged Washington system that will make their voices heard at the ballot box on Nov 8."

Republican leaders, however, are pushing back against the very idea of a rigged election or massive voter fraud. "Americans should feel that the ultimate outcome of the election is fair. That's how we defend our democracy," said Al Cardenas, who was chairman of the Republican Party of Florida during the 2000 electoral recount.

Among the debate topics this evening are issues prized by conservative voters, including immigration, the economy and debt and entitlements, all of which Trump is likely to find a foothold for some of his preferred talking points.

However, another topic is 'fitness to be president', in which both candidates are likely to be faced with awkward questions following recent Wikileaks dumps and abuse allegations against both Trump and Clinton's husband, Bill.

While Trump managed to talk around the topic of lewd comments made in decade-old footage during the last debate, he may struggle to avoid the topic of a string of allegations of groping made by different women, with his campaign team as ever urging him not to lose his temper during tonight's showdown.

Both campaigns appear ready to rumble - and ready to ruffle some feathers. After bringing several Bill Clinton accusers to the second debate, Donald Trump has invited President Obama's half-brother Malik Obama and the mother of a Benghazi victim, Patricia Smith, to be his guests at tonight's debate.

Not to be left behind, Hillary Clinton has reportedly invited Meg Whitman, the CEO of Hewlett Packard, and investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as her guests. NPR reported that Whitman is a Republican who has endorsed and raised money for Clinton, while Cuban is a fervent critic of Trump.

Donald Trump is heading into the third debate with a significant amount of ground to claw back, trailing behind Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in nine of 11 swing states.

He is also an average of 6.5 points behind Clinton in head-to-head polls nationally, with almost every single poll favouring the Democrat candidate to win, bar one or two exceptions.

Trump's falling numbers reportedly has the GOP worried, with Republican analyst Steve Schmidt predicting Clinton could get more than 400 Electoral College votes.

Welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of the third presidential debate.

Tonight's debate will give Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump a final opportunity to reach voters on a national scale before the 8 November election.

Trump has struggled to move past a flurry of sexual assault allegations and has seen a steady decline in the polls. Meanwhile, Clinton's chances of taking the White House are continuing to surge.