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Trump on Accepting Results: 'I'll Keep You in Suspense'

He won't commit during debate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 19, 2016 10:00 PM CDT
Updated Oct 19, 2016 10:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Donald Trump made headlines late in Wednesday's debate by refusing to say he would accept the results of the November election if he loses to Hillary Clinton. It's a "startling break with American democratic tradition," declares the Washington Post. Clinton, meanwhile, called his resistance "horrifying," reports the AP. Trump spent the days leading up to the debate warning voters that the election will be "rigged."

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Asked whether he would accept the results, he said, "I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense." Clinton then jumped in. "Chris let me respond to that," she said, referring to moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News. "That's horrifying. I am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that position.” Trump's comments contradicted pledges by his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, as well as his daughter, Ivanka. (See other big lines of the debate here.)

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