As Clinton puts Trump on defensive in blistering debate in Pictures

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Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump of racism, sexism and tax avoidance on Monday, putting him on the defensive during a debate that a snap poll said boosted her White House chances.

Trump, a real estate tycoon making his first run for public office, said Clinton’s long years of service represented “bad experience” with few results and said she lacked the stamina to serve as commander-in-chief.

Clinton was under pressure to perform well after a bout with pneumonia and a drop in opinion polls, but her long days of preparation appeared to pay off in her highly anticipated first 90-minute standoff with Trump.

Trump, a former reality TV star who eschewed a lot of debate practice, was strong early on but appeared to become repetitive and more undisciplined as the night wore on in front of a televised audience that could have reached upwards of a record 100 million people.

A CNN/ORC snap poll said 62 percent of respondents felt Clinton won and 27 percent believed Trump was the winner.

In signs that investors awarded the debate to Clinton also, Asian shares recovered from an early bout of nerves while the Mexican peso surged on Tuesday. Her chances in the Nov. 8 election improved also on online betting markets.

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton look on at the start of their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton look on at the start of their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead
Donald Trump shakes hands with Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of their first presidential debate.
Donald Trump shakes hands with Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of their first presidential debate.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead
Trump and Clinton greet one another as they take the stage for their first debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S.
Trump and Clinton greet one another as they take the stage for their first debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S.
Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the first debate.
Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the first debate.
Hillary Clinton holds hands with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, as they leave the stage.
Hillary Clinton holds hands with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, as they leave the stage.
Donald Trump speaks during the first debate.
Donald Trump speaks during the first debate.
Donald Trump speaks during the first debate.
Donald Trump speaks during the first debate.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves after the first presidential debate against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (not shown) at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York,
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves after the first presidential debate against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (not shown) at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York,

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