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Clinton, Trump Trade Barbs at Charity Dinner

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With their third and final debate behind them, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were in New York on Thursday poking fun at themselves and each other at a white-tie dinner benefiting Catholic charities.

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At the annual dinner, honoring former Governor of New York Al Smith, politicians from across the spectrum are encouraged to set aside their differences and playfully "roast" one another.

Al Smith IV, a relative of the former governor kicked off the evening by reminding the Republican presidential nominee, "even though there's a man sitting next to you in a robe, you're not in the locker room."

Trump acknowledged his own tendency to boast, telling the crowd, "You know they say when you do this kind of bit of it you always start out with a self-deprecating joke. Some people think this would be tough for me but the truth is the truth is I'm actually a modest person, very modest. It's true. In fact many people told me that modesty is perhaps my best quality," Trump said.

He also said that if Clinton wins the election, she has already promised him a role in her administration.

Hillary was very gracious...she wants me to be, without question, either her ambassador to Iraq or to Afghanistan. It's my choice," Trump said.

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He drew the largest laughs of the evening when he referenced his wife Melania's speech at the Republican National Convention.

"The media is even more biased this year than ever before ever. You want the proof? Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it, My wife Melania gives the exact same speech and people get on her case. And I don't get it. I don't know why," Trump said.

Democratic presidential nominee Clinton began her remarks by saying the event was so meaningful, she decided to take a break from her "rigorous nap schedule" to attend.

"It's a treat for all of you too because usually I charge a lot for speeches like this," Clinton added.

She also joked that she wished former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg was speaking that evening.

"I'm curious to hear what a billionaire has to say," Clinton added --- an obvious dig at Trump who has not released his tax returns.

After dodging one another earlier in the evening and not shaking hands at the last two debates, the evening ended with Cardinal Dolan brokering a handshake between the two political rivals.