Ifill: We’ll begin with Donald Trump.
Trump: Thank you, Gwen. We are going to make America great again. We are going to make America greater than it’s ever been, and I’m talking George Washington’s time, OK? And the polls—the polls have been unbelievable. That we are up so much in places like Utah, and Idaho, and Wyoming. Republicans have never won in places like that.
Ladies and gentlemen, you are going to be so thrilled with the winning. With the beating of China—and I love China. I love China. But we’re going to do it, OK? And then there’s the deficit. We are not going to have a deficit anymore. It’s bankrupting our children. It’s not going to happen. And I want to point out my beautiful wife, Melania–what she puts up with from me!—and there’s Ivanka and the rest. And, so, very, very happy to be here today. Make America great. We’re going to do that. No socialism. No spending, spending, spending. I mean, the spending is ridiculous. And it starts right now.
Ifill: Sen. Sanders?
Sanders: I thank you for this opportunity. When I was driving over here this evening in my lime-green Prius, I never thought that we’d see a day like this. My hero, Eugene Debs, is looking down from heaven—if you believe in heaven—with a big smile on his face. This debate is my dream come true and I’ll tell you why. Because the system is rigged. It’s rigged by billionaires just like Trump here. He is the representative of a crooked system that rewards the very, very few at the expense of the working class. And—