The last presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton turned out to be perhaps the hottest and harshest yet.

Amid heated statements on foreign policy, Wikileaks, the treatment of women, the candidates' charities and taxes, the most shocking may be Trump saying that he would not commit to the result of the election.

"I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking at anything now," Trump said.

Post-debate, the Republican National Committee made it clear that it would respect the will of the American people.

Trump has been telling supporters for weeks that the media and the Clinton campaign are rigging the election in her favor.

Trump says the election is already rigged because Clinton is a criminal and shouldn't be allowed to run.

Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel was the moderator of the third debate in Las Vegas. He used a format similar to the first debate -- six 15-minute segments, each focusing on a different topic:

  • Debt and entitlements
  • Immigration
  • Economy
  • Supreme Court
  • Foreign hot spots
  • Fitness to be president

However Wallace had trouble stopping the candidates from interrupting each other and keeping time, a problem that continued from previous debates.

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(Associated Press contributed to this section)

11:15 p.m.

The Republican National Committee will accept the results of the general election even if Donald Trump doesn't.

That's according to RNC spokesman Sean Spicer. He says, "We're going to respect the will of the people."

The answer was in response to Trump's refusal during the debate to say whether he would concede if he loses the general election. He said, "I'll keep you in suspense."

He has been railing against the U.S. election system as "rigged" for weeks.

Spicer addressed Trump's explosive comment after the debate. He says it likely won't be an issue because Trump will win.

When pressed, Spicer said, "I cannot speak for what he thinks."


11:10 p.m.

Republican senators are saying Donald Trump should accept the results of the presidential election.

The statements came after Trump refused to promise he'd accept defeat on Nov. 8 if Americans choose Hillary Clinton as president.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says "Mr. Trump is doing the party and the country a great disservice" by suggesting the election is rigged.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says Trump's statements are "beyond the pale."

Both senators have long been critical of Trump.


10:40 p.m.

Though it was not planned, moderator Chris Wallace gave each candidate a minute to give a closing argument. It gave each candidate a chance to reiterate their biggest talking points and make one last plea to the nation.

Clinton emphasized her experience, talking about seeing the presidency up close and her work to strengthen children and families. She appealed to all Americans, saying everyone from all walks of life was needed to "make our country what it should be."

"We need your talents, your skills, your commitment, your energy and your ambition," Clinton said.

Trump, meanwhile, emphasized his signature campaign slogan, "make America great again," saying we needed to fix our military, take better care of our vets and our law enforcement, and saying he was a better candidate to help the inner cities and minorities.

"We are going to make America strong again, and we are going to make America great. We can't take four more years of Barack Obama," Trump said.


10:38 p.m.

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is "such a nasty woman."

Trump made the remark while Clinton was talking in the last presidential debate Wednesday about preserving Social Security and Medicare. She says her plan to save both programs would raise Social Security taxes on the wealthy, including her and Trump, "assuming he can't figure out how to get out of it."

As she continued talking Trump interjected, "Such a nasty woman."

Clinton did not react to the comment and instead completed her statement on her plans for Social Security and Medicare.


10:37 p.m.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree: There'll be no "grand bargain" on entitlements.

Both presidential candidates reject the idea of a bipartisan deal to raise taxes and cut benefits to avoid running out of money to fund Social Security and Medicaid in coming decades.

Trump says he will make the economy grow and repeal President Obama's health care law.

Clinton says she'll raise taxes on the wealthy to help fund Social Security. But she says she wants to expand benefits rather than cut them.


10:35 p.m.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are sparring over who has the better plan to shrink the national debt and spur the U.S. economy.

Trump is pushing back against a report from the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget that said his proposed economic policies would grow the national debt. Trump says he would hire experts, and not "political hacks," to negotiate more favorable trade deals.

Trump says under his administration Americans would have more jobs that pay better.

Clinton says Trump's economic plans are geared toward helping the rich while she is focused on helping the middle class, a difference she attributes to Trump's privileged upbringing. Clinton says she takes shrinking the national debt seriously, and none of her new proposals would add to it.



While the segments may not necessarily be in this order, it may give the candidates a chance to really distinguish themselves on some issues that have not come up as much, including social security and medicare, domestic spending, immigration and the Supreme Court.

"Fitness to be president" will likely be the place for the hot topics that have dominated the media in recent weeks -- from Clinton's Wikileaks and other email issues to Trump's numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.

Also likely to come up in this segment is Trump's recent tactic of saying Democrats are rigging the election for a Clinton win.

Wallace has already made it clear that he will not try to fact check the candidates during the debate. What is not clear is whether Wallace will make sure the candidates stick to answering the questions and keeping time, or whether he will let them go at each other.

Moderators have had a difficult time reining in both candidates, but particularly Trump.

The debate runs for 90 minutes without commercial interruption.

Early and mail-in voting has already begun in many states, including Florida. An estimated 2.2 million people will have already voted by tonight.

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10:30 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says imposing a no-fly zone over Syria can save lives on the ground while speeding the end of the fighting in that country.

She acknowledges in the third and final debate with Donald Trump that enforcing a no-fly zone "would take a lot of negotiation."

Clinton says she thinks "we could strike a deal" and make it clear to Russian and Syrian leaders that "this was the best for people on the ground."

Donald Trump is responding that Clinton would allow potential terrorists into the United States as refugees from Syria.

Clinton counters that she wouldn't allow refugees to immigrate without being properly vetted, but says she also wouldn't close U.S. borders to women and children fleeing war.


10:26 p.m.

Donald Trump is again asserting that U.S. involvement in the war-torn city of Aleppo, Syria, is not a worthwhile cause.

Aleppo is the center of the years-long Syrian civil war between President Bashar Assad and rebel forces. Russia is backing Assad.

Trump says Aleppo is a "humanitarian nightmare" but suggests that keeping Assad in power may be better than replacing him, because Assad and Russia both oppose the Islamic State group.

Trump says the United States would be in better shape if it had "done nothing" in Syria.

The United States has protested Russia's bombardment of Aleppo. It says civilians are being slaughtered to prop up Assad's regime.


10:25 p.m.

Donald Trump is once again denying that he supported the invasion of Iraq.

Trump said "Wrong" in Wednesday's final presidential debate when Hillary Clinton said he supported the invasion in 2002.

Trump actually offered lukewarm support for invading Iraq before the war began. He's repeatedly and erroneously claimed to have come out against the war before it started, telling Howard Stern in September 2002: "Yeah I guess so," when asked if he would back an invasion.

Clinton says in the debate that anyone questioning what Trump's position was could simply google it and find "dozens of sources" showing he was for it.

Clinton says," He has not told the truth on that position."


10:15 p.m.

Donald Trump said a win in the Mosul offensive will be a wonderful thing, but it will be particularly wonderful for Iran, which is taking over Iraq.

Trump says since America has announced its Mosul offensive, the ISIS operatives are gone, because there was no element of surprise.

Clinton says going after the leadership is important but it's also important to take Mosul because of its position near Syria.

"We need to go after the leadership, but we need to get rid of their fighters, their estimated thousands of fighters," Clinton said.

"We need to take back Mosul and then we can take back Raqqa in Syria."


10:10 p.m.

Donald Trump is refusing to say whether he will respect the results of the election if he does not win. Instead, he said he will see when he sees the results.

"I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking at anything now," Trump said.

Trump has been telling supporters for weeks that the media and the Clinton campaign are rigging the election in her favor.

Trump says the election is already rigged because Clinton is a criminal and shouldn't be allowed to run.

Clinton said she was appalled by Trump's remarks, calling it part of Trump's pattern of complaining something is rigged when he doesn't win.

"We've been around for 240 years, we've had free and fair elections. We've accepted the outcomes," Clinton said.


10:09 p.m.

Donald Trump says the Clinton Foundation is a "criminal enterprise" and is calling on Hillary Clinton to have the foundation return money it's received from countries with repressive human rights regimes. There is no evidence the Clinton Foundation has broken any laws.

Trump also says the Clinton Foundation's work in Haiti was a "disgrace."

Clinton says she is "thrilled" to discuss the foundation's work, and says it is a world-renowned charity that has helped millions of people. She also says there was no improper connection between the foundation's donors and those awarded contracts to help rebuild Haiti after it suffered a devastating earthquake.


10:09 p.m.

Donald Trump is suggesting that accusations of his inappropriate behavior with women over the years were started by Hillary Clinton and her "sleazy campaign."

Asked about the many women who have come forward to accuse Trump, the Republican presidential nominee called the accusations "fiction" and blamed Clinton. But he then quickly pivoted.

Trump accused Clinton of deleting her emails while serving as secretary of state to hide potentially disclosing classified information, saying "she's lied hundreds of times to the people, to Congress and to the FBI."

Clinton responded that when Trump "is pushed" on any major issue, he immediately unleashes denials that are bullying and beside the point. Trump responded, "Wrong."


10:08 p.m.

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama paid people to incite violence ahead of his planned rally in Chicago earlier this year.

There's no clear evidence of that.

Trump was referencing secretly record, selectively edited video footage released this week by conservative activist James O'Keefe. Among the footage was a woman who says she was at the Chicago event in March, which Trump canceled because of safety concerns.

The woman, identified as Zulema Rodriguez, has attended several Trump events as a protester. Rodriguez said on the O'Keefe recordings that she was paid to be in Chicago. Federally filed finance reports show she was paid about $1,600 by the campaign at the end of February, before the Chicago rally.


10:08 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump "thinks belittling women makes him bigger." And she's accusing him of going after women's "dignity" and "self-worth."

Clinton is making the case against Trump's treatment of women, saying, "I don't think there's a woman anywhere who doesn't know what that feels like."

Clinton's comments come in response to allegations from several women that Trump groped or kissed them without consent. He's denying the charges. But Clinton is noting that he brushed off the remarks by belittling several of the women's appearances.

Trump is denying he suggested some of the women weren't attractive enough to win his attention. But he said of one recently, "believe me, she would not be my first choice."


10:07 p.m.

Donald Trump says claims by women who say he groped them have been largely debunked, even though they have not.

Trump is also claiming in Wednesday's debate that he thinks Hillary Clinton's campaign is behind the women coming forward, even though there is no evidence of that, either. Trump says, "I believe she got these people to step forward." He calls the women's stories "lies and fiction." He says, "I don't know those people."

Clinton says, "Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger." She says Trump attacks women's dignity and self-worth and says: "That's who Donald is. I think it's up to us to demonstrate who we are."


10:06 p.m.

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton may have more experience than he does, "but it's bad experience."

He says, "The problem is, you talk, but you don't get anything done, Hillary."

Clinton is responding by comparing her record over the decades to Trump's.

She notes that on the day she was in the White House's situation room during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Trump was hosting the NBC show "Celebrity Apprentice." She says, "I'm happy to compare my 30 years of experience" to Trump's.


10:05 p.m.

Donald Trump is back to his usual bluster on the debate stage.

The GOP nominee had largely held his tongue during the first half-hour of Wednesday's final debate, speaking only when called on and not interrupting.

But Trump appears to be sliding back to his usual bluster as he and Hillary Clinton discuss Russia and nuclear weapons.

"Wrong!" he declared at one point, interrupting Clinton.

Later, Clinton said she would "translate" Trump's plan to reform the tax code.

Trump interjected, "You can't."


10:02 p.m.

Donald Trump is making a misleading charge that Hillary Clinton will double "your taxes."

Clinton's tax plan would only raise taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent. Even then it would only add 4 percent to the top rate, not double it. She would require people making more than $1 million annually to pay at least 30 percent in federal taxes. She'd also limit some tax deductions.

So the only people whose taxes could be doubled are those making a large amount of money and paying very little in taxes.

Trump has proposed a large across-the-board tax cut. Analysts say he'd actually raise taxes on some single parents because of the structure of the plan.


10:02 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is continuing to defend Democratic economic priorities as the way to help the most Americans.

She insists her tax-and-spending priorities would "not add a penny to the debt," because she would raise taxes on top-income earners while investing in programs she says will benefit middle-class Americans and grow the economy.

She says her philosophy is to "invest from the middle out and the ground up, not the top down." She says Republican Donald Trump proposes tax plans tilted toward the wealthiest Americans.

Clinton is also defending President Barack Obama's economic record.


10 p.m.

Donald Trump says his plan to boost the economy is to make the United States' rich allies pay more for military support and to renegotiate trade deals. Trump also says he would cut taxes "massively."

Trump is naming several allies he says could afford to pay the U.S. for its spending on defense.

He says, "Saudi Arabia, nothing but money. We protect Saudi Arabia, why aren't they paying?"

The Republican presidential nominee is also criticizing current trade deals, saying he would renegotiate them to get better terms for the U.S. or leave them.

Trump says NAFTA, signed by former President Bill Clinton, was one of the "worst deals ever" and was causing U.S. jobs to flee to Mexico and other countries.


9:55 p.m.

Clinton dinged Trump on his use of Chinese steel and overseas production houses for some of his products, in response to his attacks on trade deals.

Clinton accused Trump of "crocodile tears" over closed factories because he is part of the problem.

Trump responded that if Clinton has a problem, she should have stopped him.

"If you say I use steel or I use something else, make it impossible for me to do that, I wouldn't mind," Trump said. "The problem is you talk, but you don't get anything done, Hillary, you don't."


9:50 p.m.

The conversation has turned to the economy, with a question on why each candidate's economic growth plan is better than the opponent.

Clinton ticked off a number of aspects to her plan, including a massive investment to expand on infrastructure and advanced manufacturing jobs, investing in clean energy, offering small business help, raising the minimum wage, investing in technical education and apprenticeships, and making public college tuition debt-free.

She hopes to pay for it with a tax increase on the wealthy.

"We are going to have the wealthy pay their fair share," Clinton said. "We are going to have corporations make a contribution than they are now to our country."

Trump said his goal is to bring jobs back to the country.

Trump said the trade deals we have are sucking jobs out. He said he is going to renegotiate and get much better trade deals.

He is, however, avoiding questions about his tax plan, which many economists say would overwhelmingly helps the wealthy.


9:45 p.m.

Donald Trump says he "of course" condemns Russia or any other country interfering in the U.S. elections.

Still, he says he doesn't necessarily believe Russia hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign. U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia is behind the hacks.

Trump says Russian President Vladimir Putin is not "my best friend," but says the Russian leader has "outsmarted" Clinton repeatedly. Democrats have slammed Trump for calling Putin a stronger leader than President Barack Obama.

Trump is alleging Clinton has allowed Russia to expand its nuclear weapons.

Clinton, in response, says Trump is "cavalier" about nuclear weapons, pointing to his past statements suggesting more countries should have nuclear power.

The two have repeatedly sparred over Russia's role in the world, with Democrats alleging Trump would strengthen Moscow and Trump saying Clinton is too weak to take on Putin.


9:43 p.m.

Donald Trump is disagreeing with U.S. intelligence officials who have concluded that Russia has hacked political emails.

Hillary Clinton notes that some of Donald Trump's foreign policies line up with Russia's and that he's called for Russian hackers to find her emails. She contends that Russia hacked her campaign's emails to help Trump. The emails were recently released through the web site WikiLeaks.

Trump says Clinton has no idea if Russia or someone else was behind the hacks. Clinton counters that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia is the culprit.


9:42 p.m.

What is this that the presidential candidates have been talking about?

Oh, it's policy!

So far in this third debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are debating their very different approaches to some of the country's stickiest issues: gun rights, abortion and immigration.

That's a striking turnabout from how the previous two debates have unfolded in their earliest moments. Last time the two met, in St. Louis, the debate moderators began by asking about the increasingly negative tone of the campaign, focusing on a 2005 video of Trump making predatory comments about women.

This time, right off the top in Las Vegas, it was all policy.

There are signs the issues focus may not last: Clinton and Trump have begun sniping at each other about ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.


9:40 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump "choked" during a meeting with the Mexican president when he failed to bring up his own plan to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it.

Clinton says she voted for border security and believes the U.S. is a country of laws, but also a nation of immigrants.

She said she's against ripping families apart, noting that there are an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country who have 4 million American-citizen children.

She is portraying Trump's deportation plan as a logistical nightmare, saying it would force a "massive law enforcement presence" and require shipping people from the country in trains and buses.

She says she would push for an immigration reform plan within her first 100 days of office.


9:37 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is accusing Donald Trump of employing immigrants in the country illegally.

The Democratic presidential nominee charges that her Republican opponent "exploit(ed) undocumented workers."

Trump is not refuting the charge. He is repeating his promise to deport millions of immigrants in the country illegally if elected. He notes that President Barack Obama has also deported millions of immigrants.

Trump hired a contracting firm that employed immigrants in the country to help build Trump Tower in New York. He settled a related court case out of court.


9:32 p.m.

A much more disciplined and restrained Donald Trump is on stage at the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas.

Trump spent much of the first two debates constantly interrupting rival Hillary Clinton and drawing attention to himself as she spoke with his pacing and animated facial expressions.

This time, Trump is largely waiting to speak until he's asked questions and declining to interrupt — even when Clinton accused him of calling for women to be punished if abortions are outlawed.

While Trump did say that during a town hall event, he later issued a statement clarifying that was not his stance.


9:30 p.m.

Wallace says immigration is one area where the two candidates could not be more different. He asked each candidate why their plan was right, and their opponent's was bad?

Trump said Clinton's plans for amnesty were a disaster and unfair for the people who waited their chance. Trump pointed to the four mothers he had in the audience of children killed by criminals who were illegal immigrants.

"We have no country if we have no border, Hillary wants open borders," Trump said.

Clinton said she voted border security while in the U.S. Senate, but believes there is a better use for the money than the wall, which Trump reiterated that he wanted. She also condemned Trump's statements calling for mass deportation.

"That is not in keeping with who we are as a nation," Clinton said.

Clinton says it's not open borders that she wants, but she believes getting undocumented workers to come out in the open and put them on the path to citizenship.


9:25 p.m.

Donald Trump says he thinks Roe v. Wade will "automatically" be overturned if he is elected because he will appoint justices who oppose abortion rights.

Trump says he is against abortion rights but did not give a straight answer on whether he personally thinks the landmark abortion case should be overturned. He is saying he will appoint justices who would likely do so.

Trump says it would then be up to states to decide whether abortion should remain legal and what restrictions should be placed on it.

Hillary Clinton says she'll strongly defend Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood.


9:20 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is criticizing one of the Supreme Court's biggest recent decisions.

Clinton disagrees with the 2008 Heller decision that found the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to bear arms for self-defense.

Clinton says she supports the Second Amendment but thinks the court prevented a reasonable attempt to make guns safer. It struck down the District of Columbia's requirements for a trigger lock on all guns.

Republican Donald Trump says this is one of the reasons supporters of the Second Amendment don't trust Clinton.


9:15 p.m.

Donald Trump is opening the final presidential debate by promising to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will uphold Second Amendment gun rights, saying it is "under such trauma."

The first question in Wednesday's debate focused on what kind of justices Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton would appoint to the high court.

Trump says he would appoint judges who are "pro-life," have a "conservative bent" and will protect gun ownership rights.

Trump says, "The Supreme Court is what it's all about." He says it's "imperative that we have the right justices."

Trump has released the name of 20 potential nominees to the Supreme Court and has emphasized the high number of potential appointments the next president may make.

Trump also says the Constitution should be interpreted "the way the founders wanted it."


9:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she supports a Supreme Court that stands "on the side of the American people" and not the "powerful corporations and the wealthy."

The Democrat's comments were part of her first response in Wednesday night's third and final debate.

The former secretary of state specifically said the nation's high court should not reverse its decisions on abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Clinton said it should, however, reverse its Citizens United decision that allows "dark" money into politics.

She added that the Senate has a responsibility to act on a president's Supreme Court pick.


9:05 p.m.

The debate has begun. Chris Wallace of Fox News is making the introductions.

One intro that is not happening is the introduction of the candidates' families. The Clinton campaign said it was put off by Trump's news conference with Bill Clinton's past accusers in the second debate.

There was also no cordial greeting between Clinton and Trump when they took their podiums.


8:17 p.m.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are preparing to face off on the debate stage for the final time.

But before the showdown, Trump has issued an invitation to his Facebook page to join his team live at 8:30 p.m. EDT. Before the last debate, Trump appeared on the same platform with three women who have accused rival Hillary Clinton's husband, Bill Clinton, of sexual assault. The former president has denied the accusations. Trump then sat the women in the debate hall.

At Wednesday's final debate, Trump was expected to bring a woman who has accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment, the mother of a man who was killed in the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi and President Barack Obama's half-brother.

Clinton guests include CEO Mark Cuban, basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

For now, at least, Clinton has a significant lead in most polls. Trump's team says he's planning to be aggressive on the debate stage.


8:02 p.m.

Billionaire businessman and leading Donald Trump critic Mark Cuban is making the rounds at the third presidential debate in Las Vegas, and Hillary Clinton's campaign insists their high-profile guest is not here to troll the Republican nominee.

Clinton's communications chief Jen Palmieri called Cuban "a very accomplished, serious business leader in our country." And she touted him as "one of our most effective advocates" who "makes a really strong case for why Hillary Clinton will be a great president."

Palmieri says Clinton has no regrets about inviting Cuban to the first debate, and says it has nothing to do with Trump's invitation list for the second debate. Trump invited three women who have accused former president Bill Clinton of sexual harassment and other misdeeds. His guests in Las Vegas include President Barack Obama's half-brother.

Palmieri says "however Donald Trump chooses to react is his choice," and she argues that the Trump campaign "telegraphed well in advance of the debates" their intention to take a "nasty turn" in the campaign.


7:58 p.m.

Donald Trump's spokesman says Hillary Clinton will have an opportunity during the debate to apologize to the mother of a man who was killed in the 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller says the Republican nominee will press the issue whether the debate moderator asks about it or not. Miller made the comments Wednesday in an interview shortly before the debate.

Trump's campaign confirmed that its guests inside the debate hall would include Pat Smith, whose son was an IT consultant killed in the deadly Benghazi attacks. Smith has accused Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, of lying to her about what sparked the violence.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.

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