, karen tumulty. you said with hillary clinton, use of the fact that she has nothing to hide dates back 25 years ago. guest: this was an article i wrote years ago and i go back to a decision in the first year of bill clinton's presidency when the washington post -- i was not working there at the time -- when dillard went -- went to the white house and ask for the documents that have been compiled regarding whitewater. were a number of people in the white house at the time. david gergen, george stephanopoulos -- they thought it was a good idea to go ahead and hand over the documents and let the press see that there was really nothing there. nothing that suggested any kind of culpability or anything improper on the behalf of the clintons. there was a big argument in the white house and hillary clinton essentially won the argument. they did not turn over the documents. and that led to the appointment of a special prosecutor who became an independent counsel who became ken starr, who ultimately found model: ski and all of this led to the impeachment of bill clinton over something that
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trump was forced to play a lot of defense on taxes and iraq and birther issues. karen tumulty said hillary clinton's weapon of choice was a needle to get under trump's skin. and viewers from our polls thought hillary clinton was the clear winner. donald trump got in hits on trade. joining us with the latest is cnn's phil mattingly. phil, it was 98 minutes of pure tension and political joy. >> we all have been waiting for and counting down for the last days, weeks, months and a year on some level. we knew this would be a fight. there were no punches pulled. both candidates got their hits in. trump strong on trade. hillary clinton keeping trump on defensive throughout the debate because she would bait him in to long explanations or falsehoods. listen to trump relitigating the issue of did he oppose the iraq war. >> president obama and secretary clinton created a vacuum the way they got out of iraq. because they got out. they shouldn't have been in. once they got in and once they got out it was a disaster. and isis was formed. >> donald supported the invasion of iraq. that was proved.
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direction. let's bring in our expanded panel. steve haze, karen tumulty for "the washington post," mau maur lyson and monica crowley. i went from outside to inside here in the debate hall. it was a walk but we got here. let me start with you, mara. your sense of the polls and a trend. is a trend starting to show here? >> it looks like it is. the national polls are tightening. and some of the key states that donald trump needs to win, like pennsylvania and colorado, those are states that he would have to get over and above florida, hawaii, iowa, north carolina. but when you talk to people in the clinton campaign, they don't see a change. they think their position is still pretty stable. >> monica, your thoughts as we get ready for the debate tonight? >> well, i think donald trump needs to do two things. first of all, go back to ronald reagan in 1980, he ran on three themes, cutting the taxes, reducing government and defeating communists. no matter what question he got in any debate, he found a way to bring it back to those three things. i think donald trump needs to do the same thing wi
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