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Obama contrasts presidential candidates

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 9:00 AM
President Barack Obama

United States President Barack Obama is contrasting the two main presidential candidates in the aftermath of their first debate.

Obama is calling Hillary Clinton well-respected around the world, serious and someone with a vision of how to put people back to work. Obama admits he's biased about his former secretary of state.

He says Republican Donald Trump "doesn't have the preparation, the temperament, or the core values of inclusion" that would take America forward.

Obama's comments came in a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest, intended to encourage people to register to vote.

Obama said this year's election is especially important because there are such big differences between the candidates.

Hillary Clinton is winning applause from supporters in North Carolina for her performance in the debate.

They greeted the Democratic presidential candidate with cheers yesterday after Clinton asked if they saw her first face-off with Republican rival Donald Trump.

Clinton says she was happy to have the opportunity to lay out her vision for the United States. She says she has an "old-fashioned idea that if I'm asking for your vote, to actually tell you what I want to do".

Clinton also urged supporters to register to vote. She predicted record turnout in November.

Donald Trump is describing Monday night's debate as "an interesting evening".

The Republican presidential nominee briefly addressed his first face-off with Democrat Hillary Clinton during a Tuesday afternoon appearance near Miami's Little Havana neighbourhood. The audience was largely Cuban-American.

Trump said more than 80 million people watched the debate. He said he tried not to think about the large audience.

He said, "I think we did very well." He suggested he was the winner in virtually all post-debate polls. That's despite many Republican leaders and voter surveys suggesting that Clinton came out on top.

Trump called it, "a very big moment, a very important moment".