The last presidential debate is finally here. All eyes were on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton Wednesday night, as they took the stage in Las Vegas, Nevada to square off against one another for the last time before ballots are casts. The transcript of Donald Trump's opening statement at the final presidential debate shows that Trump had come prepared in this last debate.
The last few weeks have not been the nicest to Trump, after a video of him making comments about women's bodies — comments that essentially condone sexual assault — was released and published by The Washington Post. Since then, several accusations about Trump making unwanted advances towards women have surfaced. However, these allegations did not stop Trump from getting on the debate stage at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Unlike his previous two match ups with Clinton, Trump's preparation for this last debate, according to ABC News, was more "traditional," in that he actually did prepare to debate Clinton. Although he did continue to attend campaign rallies and talking to his supporters, Trump managed to make it through his opening statement without sniffling or fumbling or speaking emotionally. Unlike the second presidential debate, this debate was formatted like the first — Trump and Clinton were given time to answer questions from the debate's moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, and given time to refute their opponent.
During his opening statement in response to a question about the supreme court, it was clear that Trump's practice did pay off, although it's unclear as to how long he can keep calm and remain "presidential."
Read the full transcript of Trump's opening statement below: