Hillary Clinton won the first debate, hands down


Hillary Clinton has won the first presidential debate. There is no spinning it any other way. America saw two starkly different candidates. Only one, Clinton, is ready to be president.

Hillary Clinton showed America precisely why she is the best (and frankly, only) qualified candidate running for president. She was firm and steady and displayed a total command of the issues. Donald Trump was nervous, blustering and erratic, with no perceptible grasp of fundamental questions.

Here are highlights from real-time coverage:

And here's the kicker from one of Trump's top surrogates: