Trump: ‘My Strongest Asset Maybe By Far Is My Temperament’

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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After arguing with moderator Lester Holt for several minutes about his previous support for the Iraq war, Donald Trump claimed during Monday’s presidential debate that he had a “much better temperament” than Hillary Clinton.

Holt used Trump’s past support for the war as the lead-in to a question on why his judgment was better than that of the Democratic nominee, who voted for the 2003 invasion of Iraq as senator.

“I have much better judgment than she does,” Trump said. “I also have a much better temperament than she has. She spent—let me tell you. She spent hundreds of millions of dollars on an advertising—you know, they get Madison Avenue into a room. I think my strongest asset maybe by far is my temperament.”

“I have a winning temperament,” he added. “I know how to win.”

Asked to respond, an amused-looking Clinton wiggled her shoulders, and said, “woo!” to laughter from the audience.

Clinton then pivoted to a discussion on respecting America’s commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Correction: This post initially misstated that Clinton was secretary of state when she voted for the invasion of Iraq. She was a senator from New York at the time.

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