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Trump and Clinton go head-to-head during first presidential debate

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in the first presidential debate on Monday (AP Images) Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in the first presidential debate on Monday (AP Images)
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Millions of people were watching the political showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on Monday night.

The first debate kicked off at 9 p.m. on Monday, and it heated up quickly.

Donald Trump touted his record as a successful businessman, but Hillary Clinton said it was his father's $14 million that got him there, and she blasted Trump for what his company has done to small businesses.

Fireworks also came over NAFTA, the free trade agreement that went into effect in the 1990s.

Clinton's email controversy came up as well, and Clinton said that she made a mistake and takes responsibility for that.

Clinton favors working with the police and communities, and Trump called Clinton's efforts to improve relations political and criticized her for taking the past few days off from the campaign trail.

With just six weeks to go before the November election, it is a very close race.

The hype for the debate at Hofstra University has been enormous, it is almost like the super bowl of American politics.

"The hype is going to be greater than the actual event of the debate. I think people are fascinated to see what is going to happen....what Donald Trump will do and what he will say,” said Richard Himelfarb, a political science professor at Hofstra University.

The first debate between the candidates is an important one, because people will really be looking at not only what Trump and Clinton say, but how they react to one another.

Himelfarb said the big challenge for Trump is to appear responsible, to come off like he has the temperament to be president.

For Clinton, she needs to appear forceful but not angry, and should not come across as argumentative.

While hype may have overshadowed the debate, there are many who are focused on important issues.

Students like Brianna Beaumont from North Carolina, is concerned about racial tensions.

“Especially people my color, people being shot, security is very big and how the presidents go about what they will do in that situation,” Beaumont said.

Others are concerned about social security, which could be cut down and even run out for future generations.

"We are not doing it for us, we are already getting social security - they need it - want it here for them - so they need to fix it now,” said Judy Kaplan, of Take a Stand with the AARP.

It is the current generation of young people that could be very important in the election.

Millenials appear to not like either candidate. Some are saying they are voting for the lesser of two evils.

Hofstra’s College Republicans decided Trump doesn’t have the right values and won’t endorse him.

“My opinion on this is that regardless of who you’re voting for, you are trying to encourage millennials to go out and vote, it’s not about who wins, but doing your civic duty,” said Nathanial Aron, of Hofstra College Republicans.

Also, a brand new poll is out from Quinnipiac University, showing the race is too close to call.

Hillary Clinton has 44 percent, while 43 percent of likely voters are choosing Donald Trump.

However, the majority polled think Clinton will win Monday’s debate, 41 percent to 32 percent.

To join a live web chat during the debate, click here.

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