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Patrons at McGregor's Bar and Grill watch the first televised debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in San Diego, California, U.S. September 26, 2016. Reuters/Sandy Huffaker

The first presidential debate between Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republican Party nominee Donald Trump is over. Amid the exchange of tirades and bragging, the two presidential aspirants tried their best to discredit each other while detailing their plans on how to govern the United States.

Not all issues were covered during the hour-long presidential debate hosted by Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. But here is an attempt to wade through the trash talk and provide clear perspective on where the candidates stand on several national and global issues.

  1. On jobs, trade and economy:
    • Clinton
      1. Raise the national minimum wage
      2. Push for equal pay for women
      3. Create jobs in infrastructure, manufacturing, technology, renewable energy and small businesses
      4. Push for profit-sharing in more companies
      5. Push for smart and fair trade deals
    • Trump
      1. Reduce corporate taxes to 15 percent from 35 percent for both big and small businesses
      2. Renegotiate “defective” trade deals with foreign countries
      3. Stop companies and jobs from leaving through taxation
      4. Give companies incentives to build new business or to expand
      5. Cut business regulations
  2. On Climate Change:
    • Clinton
      1. Deploy half-a-billion more solar panels to create enough clean energy
      2. Build a new modern electric grid that will create jobs and economic activity
  3. On taxation:
    • Clinton
      1. Raise taxes on the wealthy individuals and corporations
    • Trump
      1. Cut taxes for the wealthy
      2. Get rid of “carried interest” provision in taxation law
      3. Release tax returns until audit is completed or as soon as Clinton releases her deleted emails
  4. On education:
    • Clinton
      1. Make college debt-free or help people refinance their college debts at a lower rate
  5. On race, justice system, security:
    • Clinton
      1. Introduce criminal justice reform
      2. Address systemic racism in the criminal justice system
      3. Implement gun ownership control, prevent anyone on the terrorist watch list to buy a gun in the country
      4. Restore trust between police and communities
      5. Improve community policing, increase budget for the police force
      6. Implement more second chance programs
    • Trump
      1. Push for law and order
      2. Take guns away from criminals
      3. Reinstitute stop-and-frisk
      4. Employ more police
      5. Prevent anyone on the terrorist watch list or no-fly list to own guns
  6. On cyber security, ISIS:
    • Clinton
      1. Defend security of private-sector and public-sector information
      2. Involve tech companies to prevent ISIS from its propaganda efforts online
      3. Do everything to take out ISIS leadership
      4. Invest on intelligence surge
    • Trump
      1. Improve cyber security
      2. Curb ISIS profits from oil
      3. “Knock the hell out of ISIS”
      4. Get NATO to go into the Middle East
  7. On global security:
    • Clinton
      1. Honor mutual defense treaties
      2. Prevent nuclear war
    • Trump
      1. Oblige NATO member countries and US allies to pay for American security services
      2. Prevent nuclear war

Lester Holt of NBC moderated the maiden Clinton-Trump face off. The next presidential debate will be held on Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. It will be moderated by ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The third and last presidential debate will be held on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and will be moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.