Cardinal Dolan: 'Touching Moments' Between Trump and Clinton at Al Smith Dinner


Speaking for the first time since the presidential debate last night, Donald Trump said he would "promise and pledge" to accept the results of the election with one major caveat: if he wins. And they're supposed to make it amusing.

After saying he may not accept the result of the United States election during the third presidential debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump now says he will accept it "if I win". Tradition dictates that each candidate deliver jokes and bits about one another as well as themselves, much like in a roast.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has gained ground on his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, cutting her lead almost in half, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

"He (Trump) is basically saying hey, we have been around 240 years and we have always had peaceful transitions no matter who won or who lost". Indeed, Politico reported Friday that Clinton and Trump actually spoke warmly of each other in the presence of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of NY, who had the honor of sitting between the two candidates. And when they entered and took their seats, they did not greet each other or make eye contact, though they did shake hands later.

The annual dinner began in 1945, the year after New York Governor Alfred E. Smith died.

Clinton, who spoke after Trump said it is "amazing" she is up here after him.

Both Clinton and Trump will speak at the charity event at the Waldorf-Astoria in Midtown, which is organized by the New York Archdiocese.

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- "According to her sworn testimony, Hillary has forgot more things than most of us will ever, ever know".

The results are in on the final debate and it is nearly unanimous, I WON! "Michelle Obama gives a speech, and everyone loves it, it's fantastic; they think she's absolutely great".

Obama, who has felt the sting of losing an election and has conceded defeat, wasn't buying it. Last weekend, he tweeted that he did not appreciate Saturday Night Live's portrayal of him in a sendup of the candidates' performances in the second presidential debate. That is a white-tie gala in NY that is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before election day. The first time these two candidates met on stage in September set a record high of 84 million audience.

The dinner is a tradition in American politics as both of the major party's nominees show up, sit next to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY and tell jokes. And fittingly for an event named after a man nicknamed "The Happy Warrior", the occasion has produced dozens of memorable presidential jokes - and honest moments of goodwill that have remained largely absent from the 2016 campaign. "They would call for the re-establishment of the electric chair, do you agree?" How corrupt to you have to be to get kicked off the Watergate commission?

"Like the woman here tonight whose husband is about to lose his job", Gore continued.

But he was booed when he joked that she hated Catholics. I want you to tell them that I want to be your president.