The two US presidential candidates have clashed over jobs, terrorism and race in a bitter television debate, BBC reported on Tuesday.
The attacks turned personal as Republican Donald Trump accused his rival Hillary Clinton of not having the right temperament to be president. Meanwhile, Clinton baited Trump by pointing out that he refuses to release his tax returns.
The New York showdown could be the most watched debate
in TV history, with up to 100 million viewers.Trump
was thrown on the defensive by moderator Lester Holt for not disclosing his tax returns. He claimed he was under a "routine audit"
and would release the document once the audit was finished. But the hotel developer promised he would release them if his opponent released 33,000 emails
that were deleted during an investigation into her private email set-up while secretary of state.
Clinton made a brief response to Trump's attacks about her use of a private email server - which has haunted her on the campaign trail. She said there were no excuses for the "mistake"
and that she takes responsibility for it.
Trump also blamed Clinton she did not have the stamina to be president
, to which she replied that she visited 112 countries as secretary of state. While Clinton criticised him for saying climate change was a Chinese hoax.
One key exchange was over Trump's long-held belief that President Barack Obama was born outside the US, a position he finally reversed two weeks ago. When asked by Holt to explain his change in stance, he said he wanted to concentrate on bigger, more important issues.
The debate was the first of three
between the two candidates, and the American voters go to the polls on 8 November.