By Nicole Mills
Twitter went wild when Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of fighting the Islamic State (IS) group her “entire adult life”.
Most would assume that’s a good thing, if it had been physically possible.
It was part of an attack he launched on her for posting her plan to fight IS on her website.
“You’re telling the enemy everything you want to do,” he said, while keeping his own plan secret.
The panel of experts assembled on ABC News 24 after the debate unanimously declared Mrs Clinton the winner but David Smith from the US Studies Centre pointed out that “there will be plenty of people that buy Trump’s idea that all politicians, including Clinton, have failed so badly that they need a completely new approach”.
Mr Smith said in the end, the supporters of both parties will probably come away from the debate believing their candidate won.
Here are 12 key moments from the debate:
1. Clinton played the ‘rich-kid’ card early
When Mr Trump promised to cut corporate tax rates from 35 per cent to 15 per cent in order to stop companies, and jobs, leaving the United States, Mrs Clinton went on the attack.
“The kind of plan that Donald has put forth would be trickle down economics all over again … I call it Trumped up trickle down,” she said.
“We come at it from somewhat different perspectives. I understand that. Donald was very fortunate in his life and that is all to his benefit. He started his business with $14 million borrowed from his father.
“He believes that the more you help wealthy people, the better off we will be and everything will work out from there. I don’t buy that.
“What I believe is the more we can do for the middle class, the more we can invest in you, your education, your skills, your future, the better we will be off and the better we will grow.”
2. Clinton said Trump had been rooting for the global financial crisis
Mrs Clinton said tax cuts for the wealthy were responsible “in large part” for the GFC.
“Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said back in 2006 ‘Gee, I hope it does collapse because I can go in and buy some and make money’.”
Was Mr Trump offended by that claim? Nope!
“That’s called business, by the way,” he interjected.
3. Trump rides on the anti-establishment sentiment
Mr Trump slammed Mrs Clinton for being a “typical politician” who has achieved nothing during 30 years in public life.
“Typical politician, all talk, no action, sounds good, doesn’t work. Never going to happen,” he said.