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Clinton And Trump Trade Barbs At Al Smith Dinner

White House rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have poked fun at each other at a charity dinner, a day after their bitter duel on the debate stage.

Sharon Ajayi reports that Hillary Clinton laughed as Mr. Trump joked about her well-paid speeches and the FBI investigation into her private email.  Donald Trump was booed when he joked that she hated Catholics.

The annual Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York is a white-tie gala that every four years features the presidential candidates.

There is a tradition that the rivals stand up and make jokes about each other, but this year it comes after one of the most rancorous campaigns in memory.

On Wednesday night in Las Vegas at their final debate, Mr Trump called his Democratic rival a “nasty woman” and they both interrupted each other throughout. They refused to shake hands before or after.

His nickname for her is “Crooked Hillary” and he has threatened to appoint a special prosecutor to have her jailed if he becomes president.

Mrs Clinton has said her Republican rival is running a “hateful, divisive campaign” and is unfit to take the highest office.

But at the New York event, they briefly put their differences aside and sat just one seat apart, with Cardinal Timothy Dolan between them.

He joked that this crowd – of about 1,500 people – was her biggest audience yet, and in a dig at her Wall St connections, he said it would be unusual for her to be with so many corporate leaders and not get paid.

Then Mrs Clinton stood up and had her chance.



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