Hiller Instinct: Trump won the NBC presidential forum

BOSTON (WHDH) - It was Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump back-to-back and not face-to-face, but we did hear enough from them to make a comparison and to pick a winner.

Clinton went first, because she lost the coin toss, and was followed by Trump. Though they spoke at different times, some of the questions were the same. For example, what’s the most important quality of a Commander-in-Chief?

“Steadiness, an absolute rock steadiness,” said Clinton. “Mixed with strength to be able to make the hard decisions because I’ve had the unique experience of watching and working with several presidents.”

Trump countered: “I think the main thing is I have good judgment, I have great judgment – I know what’s going on, I call so many of the shots.”

And while they were never together, they still managed to get into an argument about whether or not Trump supported the invasion of Iraq.

“Now my opponent was for the war,” said Clinton. “He says he wasn’t. You can go back and look at the record. He supported it before it happened, he supported it while it was happening and he supported it after it happened.”

Trump responded: “I was totally against the war in Iraq, from the, you can look at Esquire magazine, from ’04 you can look at before that. And I said I was against the war in Iraq because it was going to destabilize the Middle East, and it has.”

For me, the winner was the candidate who did the most to expand their support, and win over undecided voters. I think that was Donald Trump.

He was lucky: He could be relatively relaxed because his questions were easier, while Clinton was kept on the defensive by questions about her emails, the nuclear deal with Iran, and her vote for the war in Iraq.

So Trump may have won a vote or two. But there are much bigger wins at stake ahead, because this was just a tease, click bait for the real debates, with the first now less than three weeks away.

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