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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton trade barbs, outline presidential plans

Hillary Clinton fired back at Donald Trump's latest criticisms while laying out her ambitious plans for jobs, families and taxes.

Clinton gives detailed plans for jobs, families and taxes, while Trump tries to show positive side

Hillary Clinton used a speech in Raleigh, N.C., to criticize Donald Trump's economic policies and the lack of substance in his attacks on her past. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton fired back at Donald Trump's latest criticisms while laying out her ambitious plan for jobs, families and taxes.

Clinton criticized Trump's endorsement of trickle-down economics, which she said has been proven wrong several times.

"The evidence shows that twice now in 30 years, a Republican president has caused an economic mess and a Democratic president had has to come in and clean it up," Clinton said during an event in Raleigh, N.C.

In the speech, Clinton repeated more than once that Trump is the "self proclaimed king of debt." 

Earlier Tuesday, Trump said Clinton is a "world-class liar" and "the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency."

Trump attacked Clinton on familiar topics related to her time as secretary of state — her private email server, the Bengazi affair — and on broader issues connected to the policies of U.S. President Barack Obama and her husband, Bill Clinton.

Those policies "cost America thousands of lives and trillions and trillions of dollars and unleashed ISIS across the world," Trump said, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. 

"No secretary of state has been more wrong, more often and in more places than Hillary Clinton," he said during a speech in New York City.

Trump on Clinton

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Clinton responded to the attacks, calling them a distraction from the real issues.

"He's going after me personally because he has no answers on the substance," she said.

She told supporters that people shouldn't believe promises "from someone whose most famous words are you're fired" and said Trump hasn't presented any plans for infrastructure "other than the wall" between Mexico and the U.S.

During a 35-minute speech, Clinton also gave details about her plans for debt-free college tuition, for making the biggest investment in jobs since the Second World War, to change the rules so more companies share profits with their employees and to have corporations and the rich pay their fair share of taxes.

"All of this depends upon us putting our families first and matching our policies with how we actually live and work in the 21st century," she said.

Trump pledged to breathe new life into the U.S. economy, rebuild the inner cities and take a stand against "countries that cheat on trade deals," but offered few specifics. He did not take questions. 

"Parents will start dreaming big for the children again," he told supporters and reporters. 

Clinton spoke about investing in education so that teachers are supported and "all kids have good teachers in good schools no matter what zip code they live in."

Clinton on Trump

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While Trump lobbed accusations, the billionaire real estate mogul seemed to be trying to present a more positive, altruistic version of himself, saying he wants to "give back" to the country where he built his fortune. Reading from a Teleprompter, he repeatedly referred to family, children, LGBT and women's rights. 

He even referred at one point to "peaceful Muslims" — in contrast to his earlier broadsides that have included a call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. 

Trump made only an indirect reference to his proposed ban on Wednesday when he said he only wants to allow in those who "share our values and love our people."

Clinton spoke about establishing equal pay for women and paid family leave and rights for the LGBT community, linked to several controversial laws  in North Carolina which allow for discrimination against LGBT people.

In criticizing Trump's economic ideas, Clinton said economists from the left, right and centre all agree that he will drive America back into a recession.

"We can't let Trump bankrupt America like he bankrupted his casinos," she said.

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