$alttext First Trump, Clinton debate: from outdoor party to heated exchanges

The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead was a daylong affair on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, which started out with a festive atmosphere as students and volunteers relished a chance to witness history as the first female nominee of a major party squared off against a nominee from the same state. Supporters and critics of both candidates were out in force to make their case in protests on an unusually vehicle-free Hempstead Turnpike. Viewing parties cheered and jeered as they watched Trump and Clinton exchange sharp blows about the other's experience, temperament and plans in a debate lasting about 100 minutes.

Lena Dunham live-tweeted her reactions to the first Lena Dunham live-tweets the debate

Lena Dunham is most definitely #WithHer.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talked with members Trump reflects after the debate

"I'm very happy that I was able to hold back on the indiscretions with respect to Bill Clinton."

Former President Bill Clinton and Melania Trump shake Scenes from the first presidential debate

From the protesters outside to Bill Clinton and Melania Trump in the audience.

On Monday Sept. 26, 2016, boxing promoter Don Don King & Mark Cuban on the candidates

The boxing promoter and billionaire entrepreneur offer opposing views of the presidential candidates.