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Final Clinton-Trump Debate: U.S. Presidential Rivals In Their Own Words

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left) and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump clashed over Russia, Syria, and their personal records on October 19.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left) and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump clashed over Russia, Syria, and their personal records on October 19.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump have clashed in the third and final debate of the campaign, trading fierce words over alleged Russian meddling in the November 8 vote and the legitimacy of an election that Trump has suggested is "rigged" against him.

Here are some highlights of what they said on October 19 on several campaign issues, including Clinton's allegations that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself ordered cyberattacks targeting U.S. individuals and institutions in order to swing the election in Trump's favor.

On Alleged Russian Attempts To Help Trump With Cyberattacks

Hillary Clinton: "This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government, clearly, from Putin himself, in an effort, as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed, to influence our election. So I actually think the most important question of this evening...is, finally, will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear that he will not have the help of Putin in in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans."

Donald Trump: "I don't know Putin. He said nice things about me. If we got along well, that would be good. If Russia and the United States got along well and went after ISIS, that would be good. He has no respect for her. He has no respect for our president.... [Clinton] has no idea whether it's Russia, China, or anybody else [behind the cyberattacks].... I never met Putin. This is not my best friend. But if the United States got along with Russia, wouldn't be so bad. Let me tell you, Putin has outsmarted her and [U.S. President Barack] Obama at every single step of the way. Whether it's Syria, you name it."

WATCH: Clinton, Trump Clash Over Russia

On Whether Trump Will 'Absolutely' Accept Result Of The Election

Trump: "I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking at anything now. I'll look at it at the time. What I've seen -- what I've seen is so bad. First of all, the media is so dishonest and so corrupt, and the pile-on is so amazing.... I think the voters are seeing through it. I think they're going to see through it. We'll find out on November 8. But I think they're going to see through it.... I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense. OK?"

Clinton: "That's horrifying. You know, every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is, is rigged against him.... Let's be clear about what he is saying and what that means. He is denigrating -- he's talking down our democracy. And I, for one, am appalled that somebody who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position."

WATCH: Trump Refuses To Commit To Accepting Election Results

On Their Respective Experience

Clinton: "In the 1980s, I was working to reform the schools in Arkansas. He was borrowing $14 million from his father to start his businesses. In the 1990s, I went to Beijing and I said women's rights are human rights. He insulted a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, called her an eating machine. And on the day when I was in the Situation Room, monitoring the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting the Celebrity Apprentice [reality TV show]."

Trump: "I think I did a much better job. I think I did a much better job. I built a massive company, a great company, some of the greatest assets anywhere in the world, worth many, many billions of dollars. I started with a $1 million loan. I agree with that. It's a $1 million loan. But I built a phenomenal company. And if we could run our country the way I've run my company, we would have a country that you would be so proud of. You would even be proud of it."

On The Syria Conflict

Clinton: "Syria will remain a hotbed of terrorism as long as the civil war aided and abetted by the Iranians and Russians continue. So I have said, look, we need to keep our eye on ISIS. That is why I want to have an intelligence surge that protects us here at home. Why we have to go after them from the air, on the ground, online. We have to make sure here at home we don't let terrorists buy weapons -- if you are too dangerous to fly, you are too dangerous to buy a gun. And I am going to continue to push for a no-fly zone and safe havens within Syria."

Trump: "A lot of this is because of Hillary Clinton.... Everyone thought [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] was gone two years ago, three years ago.... He has aligned with Russia and with Iran. They don't want ISIS, but they have other things, because we're backing -- we're backing rebels. We don't know who the rebels are. We're giving them lots of money, lots of everything. We don't know who the rebels are.... If they ever did overthrow Assad, you might end up with -- as bad as Assad is, and he's a bad guy -- but you may very well end up with worse than Assad."

WATCH: Clinton Outlines Syria Strategy; Trump Says U.S. 'Outplayed'

On Allegations By Numerous Women That Trump Groped Them

Trump: "Those stories have been largely debunked. Those people -- I don't know those people. I have a feeling how they came. I believe it was [Clinton's] campaign that did it.... Those stories are all totally false, I have to say that. And I didn't even apologize to my wife, who's sitting right here, because I didn't do anything. I didn't know any of these -- I didn't see these women."

Clinton: "He said that he could not possibly have done those things to those women because they were not attractive enough for them to be assaulted.... Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger. He goes after their dignity, their self-worth, and I don't think there is a woman anywhere who doesn't know what that feels like. So we now know what Donald thinks and what he says and how he acts toward women."

On Why They Are The Right Choice For U.S. Voters

Clinton: "I've been privileged to see the presidency up close. And I know the awesome responsibility of protecting our country and the incredible opportunity of working to try to make life better for all of you. I have made the cause of children and families really my life's work. That's what my mission will be in the presidency. I will stand up for families against powerful interests, against corporations. I will do everything that I can to make sure that you have good jobs, with rising incomes, that your kids have good educations from preschool through college."

Trump: "We're going to make America great. We have a depleted military. It has to be helped, has to be fixed. We have the greatest people on Earth in our military. We don't take care of our veterans. We take care of illegal immigrants, people that come into the country illegally, better than we take care of our vets.... Our policemen and women are disrespected. We need law and order, but we need justice, too.... I will do more for African-Americans and Latinos than she can ever do in 10 lifetimes.... It has to start now. We cannot take four more years of Barack Obama, and that's what you get when you get her."

With reporting by The Washington Post, NPR, and dpa
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