The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University was a daylong affair on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, which started out with a festive atmosphere as students and volunteers relished a chance to witness history as the first female nominee of a major party squared off against a nominee from the same state. Supporters and critics of both candidates were out in force to make their case in protests on an unusually vehicle-free Hempstead Turnpike in Hempstead. Viewing parties cheered and jeered as they watched Trump and Clinton exchange sharp blows about the other's experience, temperament and plans in a debate lasting about 100 minutes.

The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University was a daylong affair on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, which started out with a festive atmosphere as students and volunteers relished a chance to witness history as the first female nominee of a major party squared off against a nominee from the same state. Supporters and critics of both candidates were out in force to make their case in protests on an unusually vehicle-free Hempstead Turnpike in Hempstead. Viewing parties cheered and jeered as they watched Trump and Clinton exchange sharp blows about the other's experience, temperament and plans in a debate lasting about 100 minutes. (Credit: Newsday staff, News 12 Long Island, Jim Staubitser)

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