Final Presidential Debate: Winners, Losers (and Thank Goodness It's Over)

Take heart, America: Our long, national nightmare is (almost) over.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went face to face for a third and final time Wednesday on stage at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The commercial-free debate was moderated by Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace and found the candidates addressing the usual topics: immigration, terrorism, Clinton’s emails and Trump’s sexual assault accusers.

Though it didn’t live up (or down, depending on your perspective) to the nasty drama of Debate No. 2, Wednesday’s event still held plenty of high and low moments — and we’ve rounded up the winners and losers from the 90-minute event.

Click through the gallery on the right to see who triumphed and perished, then use the poll below to let us know who you think came out on top. And make sure to hit the comments to elaborate on your thoughts!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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68 Comments
  1. Coop says:

    Need a poll option for Chris Wallace.

  2. Simon Jester says:

    It was Trump’s best debate — which ain’t saying much — but by the second half he’d morphed into the Alec Baldwin caricature. Hillary goes 3 for 3 in the debates.

    • Sarah says:

      I disagree with the slide that said SNL wouldn’t have much fodder for comedy–I’m already picturing the bad ombre puppet wars!! And parody of Hill in white (American made Ralph Lauren) and Melania in black (European designer clothes and pricy Loboutins), and so much more!!

      • cuius says:

        Didn’t realise Bangladesh and its garment factories had become the 51st state of the Union

        • Sarah says:

          Ralph Lauren produces most of their garments in the US for their main lines, unlike Ivanka’s clothing line or Trump’s accessory line (and his expensive European brand suits aren’t from here). Bill Clinton’s clothes are all made in the US. There are still a lot of garment factories in the New York area and throughout the US (I’m in the industry so have visited many of them).

          The main problem is that there aren’t enough factories producing enough fabric for the demand for apparel in the US anymore (many have converted to industrial or household fabrics or outsourced although the number of US factories have been increasing over the last 5+ years), so it’s much more expensive to import the fabric and sew here than to sew near the country of fabric origin, however many American companies like Ralph Lauren, Norma Kamali still do it, but they aren’t as cheap. All of Hillary’s pantsuits have always been sewn in the US.

          Google it.

          Also, just because a company has garments made in another country doesn’t mean that they don’t provide many good paying jobs here in the US. If it’s truly owned by Americans and headquartered here they provide warehouse, port, transportation, design, merchandising and retail jobs. And they pay taxes.

  3. Kat says:

    Someone needs to remind Trump that his conspiracy theory laden, cocaine fueled fever dreams aren’t reality.

    • Angela says:

      Someone also apparently needs to explain to him how Twitter and video recordings work, ’cause he’s had WAY too many moments of denying he said something despite there being actual recorded evidence out there proving otherwise.

    • Ben says:

      Trump knows they’re not – he just knows what a lot of his voter base likes to hear.

    • Dyskord says:

      When you have video evidence its no longer a theory.
      Remember 96.6% of journalists have donated to Hillary’s campaign so how the news is told is very biased.
      Consider between O’Keefes expose and Wikileaks revelations how much has been reported by Clinton friendly media.
      Just because the facts and evidence aren’t being reported doesn’t mean its not available.
      Stop following the herd. Raise your head and ask the questions that scare you.

      • Kat says:

        Boy you sure convinced me. You don’t at all sound like a conspiracy theory nut.

        • Dyskord says:

          I’m not trying to convince you I’m just saying the evidence is there. Check out the Wikileaks, check out the O’Keefe videos if you do and either don’t care or aren’t swayed or consider it nonsense then that’s your well informed opinion, based on the available information.
          If you ignore it and just call it rubbish that’s disingenuous to others and yourself.
          Its only a theory without evidence. Journalists have taken sides. Its not that they’re reporting negatively about Trump its that they actively diminish or suppress any negative news news about Hillary.
          If I sound like a nut for asking you to check out easily verifiable documents and video then I apologize.

      • Joey says:

        O’Keefe is by far one of the most intellectually dishonest human beings I have ever seen.

      • Elf says:

        “96.6% of journalists have donated to Hillary’s campaign”

        I’m calling B.S. on that one. Let’s see some facts to back it up. Most journalists these days don’t make enough to be able to afford to donate to any campaign.

        • Dyskord says:

          I tried posting the links but they wont appear so you’ll have to google it.
          If you doubt me do just a quick search.
          I’m willing to be corrected.

      • Diane says:

        Hi Dyskord ~ no one wants to hear the truth, not here. Of course, ABC’s Stephanopolis is credible and unbiased – LOL Hah. He worked for president Clinton and is close friends with them! He should just shut the fuck up. The media leans to the left so far that it’s embarrassing and hampers anything that resembles balanced information. There are very few, if any, ‘true’ journalists that are employed by the major networks. The networks are filled with network sheep that reflect the networks opinions, that includes FOX. To call any of these ‘networks’ news organizations is a joke. I’m a democrat, and I’m disgusted by all of this. Opinion and news don’t mix.

  4. PatriciaLee says:

    The husband got a good belly laugh at your article title. He felt Chris Wallace was too dry, and I kept thinking thank God for a tight rein to get us through to the end.

  5. maregolden says:

    After watching this final debate, I have decided that Hillary is going to win “bigly”.

  6. Robin says:

    Both of them suck. If Hillary wins, illegals will overrun this country more than they already do! (I grew up in SoCa, I’ve seen city after city become a 3rd world country). If Trump wins, we end up back in Iraq. I’ll take war over illegals sucking CA dry.

  7. Papandreou says:

    He would have won. But then he shot himself in the foot with the way he answered whether he would accept the results. Such a better way to answer that, but we’re talking about Trump.

  8. Writerpatrick says:

    In this election, all Americans are losers.

    • Temperance says:

      How’s that? We end up with a great first female President. Trump’s tantrums are certainly horrific, but them again, so are he and his supporters.

      • Trump's Deplorable Supporter says:

        Clinton is a despicable, selfish human being and in no way deserves the title of POTUS, much less the first female. This debate and all the others, in addition to her many years of bad experience prove that.

        • Temperance says:

          That’s certainly a giant load of FOXwash, brought to you by your friendly neighborhood GOP and a about a billion oligarchical dollars!

          • Dyskord says:

            LoL your opinion is different from mine. FOX watcher.
            You support Trump you silly Fox News idiot.
            I don’t agree with you its because of Fox news.
            I goota love how the majority of we alt right and the alt light and former conservatives don’t watch Fox anymore and hardly give a damn what it says but you
            libtards keep throwing it out like its an insult.
            Funny how Wikileaks showed in Hillary’s own Emails that she’s got her hand in every oligarch and dictators pockets willing to have her and yet you say thats the very reason you hate the GOP. Logic isnt you strong point is it.
            Trump will drain the swamp when his POTUS don’t worry

        • DL says:

          Just look at how hard Clinton has actually worked. She has been fighting doggedly for the same principles for decades, regardless of how you try to spin it. People point to her defensiveness as proof of corruption, but her actual voting record reflects the values she talks about, not some shady outside interests. Her issue is an issue of perception that is not based on any objective set of facts.
          .
          And for the record, the Iran deal was a very good thing. U.S. Republicans are just about the only ones in the world who disagree, for purely political purposes. Our only other solution was all-out war with Iran. The sanctions weren’t enough.

        • Dyskord says:

          Don’t worry. These people are living in an echo chamber. When Trump wins in a landslide their heads will explode.

  9. John NYC says:

    Presidential election? Part of the Constitution.

    This oath? He pledged to violate it.
    Article II
    Section 1
    “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.””

  10. Daya says:

    Whoever wrote the caption about “hombre vs ‘ombre'” is incorrect. You don’t pronounce the h in Spanish, so (*extremely disgusted expression*) Trump was right.

    • Bella says:

      Yes, you don’t pronounce the h. But you don’t pronounce ‘hombre’ like ‘ombre’ either. He still pronounced it ridiculously wrong.

    • Carlos says:

      Spanish is my first language and I don’t understand why people are criticizing the way he said it. As you mentioned, it’s the same sound in Spanish. And I’m for Hillary btw…

  11. Temperance says:

    Wow, Trump got slaughtered, and he knew it. As Clinton was taking him out tonight, he literally fell apart, literally going full on treason.

  12. Dinesh Parikh says:

    2016 president election it self looks rigged not system, both candidate with high rated of disliking and mistrust.
    The greatest democracy is diminishing of ethical value and trust to the low level of shame and pain in the world.
    Religious leader play ugly roll instead of high ethics they favor candidate has no moral for women.Hillary also play guffy game for email scandel.Media also plays money game .Fox join with Mr Fox houx
    and CNN & MSNBC with email drama.
    Donald Trumph look more scary and his thoughts and behavior creats lots of suspicion.The biggest surprise smart Americans known for high moral value they lost their sense by supporting bozo.
    Sorry to say l will not give my vote .
    These reminds me election of third world countries.Shame on those mens who desrect and diminishing woman dignity Sorry to say but its fact and truth many voters just follow each other without any diligent and knowledge.

  13. Chris says:

    Are we even SUPPOSED to know it take 4 minutes to launch our nuclear missiles!?! That seems to be pretty sensitive information.

  14. Mary says:

    Well it proves that Trump thinks running for President of the US is a reality show and not something that you take seriously. I think he wants to loose because any sane person would show respect for the process and the opponent even if you don’t agree with them. I have never seen anyone deflect to this degree. Many questions that Wallace asked directly he never did answer. I don’t care how much you despise the Women you need to vote for a sane rational human being and that most certainly isn’t Trump. If you truly want change vote those Congress and Senators out that have been there 30 + years.

  15. MLO says:

    Let’s face it – neither is a stellar option. The question is… who can the US survive for four years? Who’s the lesser of two evils. I think we all know the answer to that one.

  16. Collette says:

    IMO in all future presidential debates [in coming years] the candidates should be in separate isolation booths where they can hear the other’s responses but their mic should be off while the opponent is speaking. This would eliminate interruptions and points being lost. Everyone speaking at once is a bit too Tower go Babel. Eschew obfuscation.

    • MMD says:

      I don’t know about the isolation booths but the idea of their mics being shut off when the opponent is speaking is a stellar suggestion and should be implemented going forward.

    • Elf says:

      Here’s a simpler idea that accomplishes the same thing: Just put their microphones on a timer. The moderator says “You have two minutes” and starts the timer. After 120 seconds or earlier if the candidate indicates he/she is done speaking, the microphone goes dead. Plus, if the moderator thinks the speaker is getting too far off-topic he/she can give a warning then cut off the mic if the warning is not heeded.

  17. MMD says:

    Since I don’t have any skin in this election, I would say the rest of the world is the winner now that the debates are FINALLY over!!! I just watched a local reporter interview a reporter from New Zealand. Now I just want the damn election over with!!!

  18. Lori says:

    I was watching the debate and my daughter was watching American Horror Story in her room. Then I realized the debate should also be called American Horror Story.