The highly anticipated first presidential debate at Hofstra University on Monday featured Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton battling over hot-button issues with an estimated 100 million Americans watching.
But, like the Super Bowl and its famous commercials, how many people were tuning in just to see "zingers"? These one-liners, often prepared well before the debate, are meant to be remembered by viewers and, if they hit, get played over and over again on television and social media.
Donald Trump promised to get to Washington, D.C.'s Pennsylvania Avenue one way or the other while Clinton, his Democratic rival, disputed Trump's business prowess, pointing out his many failures. He has referred to himself as the "King of Debt," she said, and proposed seeking haircuts on repaying hitherto sacrosanct U.S. obligations.
As we look forward to the next debates on Sunday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 19, here are the statements or "zingers" made by either candidate that caught America's attention:
1. Truth Monitor
Clinton: "Well, I hope the fact checkers are turning up the volume and really working hard."
When Trump accused President Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton of exacerbating the war in Middle East, Clinton charged that the agreement to leave Iraq was put in place under President George W. Bush.
2. Trump's Tax Returns
Clinton: "Or maybe he doesn't want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody's ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license and they showed he didn't pay any federal income tax."
Donald Trump: "That makes me smart."
Moderator Lester Holt, asked the candidates about the American tax burden and why Trump hasn't released his tax returns, similar to the majority of presidents before him. Clinton said Trump has something to hide. Trump disagreed.
3. Financial Crisis
Clinton: "In fact, Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006: 'Gee, I hope it does collapse because then I can go in and buy some and make some money. Well it did collapse.'"
Trump: "That's called business by the way."
Moderator Holt asked both candidates about how to bring back jobs to America and stimulate the economy. Both candidates have very different views. Trump suggested massive tax cuts, while Clinton suggested taxing the wealthy. But Clinton wants Americans to remember the 2008 financial crisis and how we got there.
4. Hillary Clinton's Health
Clinton: "As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease fire, a release of dissonance and an opening of new opportunities and nations around the world or even spends eleven hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina."
Trump has questioned Clinton's health and ability to handle the physical demand of being president of the United States. On September 11, she nearly fainted as she was leaving a ceremony. Clinton later said she had pneumonia.
5. Debate Preparation
Clinton: "I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And, yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I've prepared to be president, and I think that's a good thing."
Prior to the debate, there were rumblings from Trump's camp that he was not preparing nearly enough for the debate and some of his advisors were worried. In particular, it was thought that Trump did not participate formal mock debate.
6. Fighting ISIS
Trump: "You know what, it's no different than this. She's telling us how to fight ISIS. Go to her web site. She's telling us how to fight ISIS. I don't think general Douglas MacArthur would like that too much."
Trump's says he has a secret plan to fight ISIS. He says Hillary's outlined plan isn't going to work, especially because she reveals it to our enemies.
7. Getting to the White House
Trump: "We're just opening up on Pennsylvania Avenue right next to the White House, so if I don't get there one way, I'm going to get to Pennsylvania Avenue another. But we're opening the old post office. Under budget, ahead of schedule, save tremendous money. I'm a year ahead of schedule."
When Clinton cited Trump's history of business bankruptcy, Trump hit back, defending his record and citing one of his latest projects: Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., which opened recently.
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.