Fact checking final presidential debate as candidates point fingers

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump debate during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump debate during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

LAS VEGAS (KXAN) — A showdown in Las Vegas had the presidential candidates pointing fingers at each other during Wednesday night’s final debate. One of the biggest moments was when Donald Trump said he would not accept the results of the election.

PolitiFact’s Gardner Selby appeared on KXAN News on the CW Austin Thursday to fact check some of the candidates’ claims.

Immigration — Mostly false

Trumps claims about Hillary Clinton's immigration plan were ruled mostly false by PolitiFact (Courtesy: PolitiFact)

The battle began with immigration. Trump claims the U.S. has some “bad hombres” that have to get out.

Trump said “Hillary wants to give amnesty, which is a disaster and very unfair to the people waiting in line for many, many years. We need strong borders.”

While Clinton’s plan would make it easier for undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation, she has repeatedly said she supports border security. In a brief speech excerpt from 2013, Clinton purportedly says, “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable.”

However, there isn’t much context about what Clinton meant by “open borders” because she has not released the full speech. Her campaign has said she was talking about clean energy across the hemisphere. PolitiFact rated Trump’s claim Mostly False.

Building a wall — Half true

Hillary Clinton asked Trump what happened when he met with the Mexican President.

“When it comes to the wall that Donald wants to build he went to Mexico, he had a meeting with the Mexican president, he didn’t even raise it. He choked,” said Clinton.

According to PolitiFact, Trump said Clinton also wanted to build a wall along the border, which is half true. Clinton did at one point want a barrier, but not to the extent Trump does. She wanted a fence, not a wall.

Trump used undocumented workers — True 

Clinton said Trump used undocumented workers to build the Trump Tower. This is true.

Between 1979 and 1980, Trump hired a contractor to demolish a Manhattan building to make way for Trump Tower. The contractor he hired used 200 Polish workers to meet the tight deadlines.

Gun control — Half True 

Hillary Clinton's claims about gun control deemed half true by PolitiFact (Courtesy: PolitiFact)

Gun control came up in the debate. There was a 2008 Supreme Court case challenging Washington D.C.’s ban on handguns.

Clinton said “What the District of Columbia was trying to do [with its handgun ban] was to protect toddlers from guns.”

This statement was determined to be half true because that was just one issue discussed in the case. It wasn’t the crucial issue or the only issue.

State Dept. lost $6,000,000,000 — Pants on Fire 

Trump claims that Hillary Clinton lost $6B deemed a pants on fire lie (Courtesy: PolitiFact)

When Hillary Clinton ran the State Department Trump claims $6,000,000,000 went missing. In March of 2014 the State Department and the Inspector General issued a report mentioning $6,000,000,000, but it was about paperwork for certain contracts adding up to the amount of money. Selby said it was not an issue of them not being able to find it or being gone.

Trump said the paperwork was mismanaged, but PolitiFact found that no money was lost. The money was spent on things the State Department wanted to spend it on.

So who won the debate?

A poll from CNN says 52 percent of the people polled believe Clinton won the debate. Trump had 39 percent of the viewer votes.

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