By Rakesh Raman
In the first major event before the presidential election of November, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton appeared together Wednesday to take questions on national security, military affairs, and veterans.
They presented their views in the Commander-in-Chief Forum, sponsored by NBC News and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
“Hillary Clinton is the wrong choice to lead America as commander-in-chief, repeatedly showing poor judgment and failed leadership on critical issues like foreign affairs and the growth of radical Islamic terrorism,” said Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus.
He also said that Clinton-backed policies help fuel the growth of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). “Tonight Donald Trump promised peace through strength, and will make vigilance and toughness the cornerstone of his national security policy as president,” Priebus stated after the MSNBC show.
In response, Clinton took to Twitter to say that Trump is unfit to become America’s Commander-in-Chief.
Donald Trump has proven over and over again that he’s unfit to be our Commander-in-Chief. https://t.co/uLoHJdzXte
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 7, 2016
Meanwhile in an ongoing NBC News poll on Twitter, 52% voters had supported Trump and 48% votes had gone to Clinton at the time of posting this story today (September 8).
Which candidate came out on top at the #NBCNewsForum?
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 8, 2016
The second and third presidential debates are being organized on October 9 and October 19 respectively. The date for the vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence is October 4.
The U.S. presidential election is scheduled to take place Tuesday, November 8, 2016.