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Fox Cancels Monday's Debate

After Trump, Kasich drop out

(Newser) - Fox News, apparently uninterested in hosting a forum in which Ted Cruz debates, alone, on live national TV, has canceled Monday's GOP presidential debate. Donald Trump was the first to drop out of the Utah debate, claiming on Wednesday that there have been "enough" debates already , and John... More »

'Enough': Trump Again Skipping Fox Debate

Could it have something to do with Megyn Kelly?

(Newser) - The front-runner will once again be absent : Donald Trump says he's skipping Fox News' GOP debate in Salt Lake City on Monday because nobody told him about it, per Politico . Trump is already scheduled to speak at a conference of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, and he says there have... More »

The Best Lines From Thursday's GOP Debate

'Donald, you are welcome to be president of the Smithsonian'

(Newser) - Though Thursday's Republican debate started with the four remaining candidates on their best behavior , that didn't mean there weren't some good lines. Donald Trump talked about how many Muslims hate America. Marco Rubio weighed in on climate change. Ted Cruz offered Trump an alternative job to president.... More »

Trump on Visa Program He Uses: 'Very, Very Bad for Workers'

But 'I'm a businessman, and I have to do what I have to do'

(Newser) - Donald Trump admitted a business program he takes advantage of is "very, very bad for workers" and "shouldn't be allowed" during Thursday's Republican debate in Florida, the Hill reports. According to CNN , Trump's modeling agency uses the H-1B visa program. It's a program that... More »

GOP Candidates on Best Behavior to Start Debate

'I can't believe how civil it's been up here'

(Newser) - The Republican presidential debate Thursday in Florida was—as Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight puts it—a "180-degree turn from the last debate" when Donald Trump famously reassured America on the size of his penis . The opening questions of the debate hit topics including trade, jobs, education, and social security.... More »

Who Won, Lost the GOP Debate

Cruz getting mostly good marks, Trump not so much

(Newser) - The newly narrowed GOP field of Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich went at it again Thursday night. Here's a sampling of some of the post-debate analysis:
  • Cruz had "his best debate of the primary season," writes Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post , showing
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Winners, Losers From GOP Debate

Will Rubio's attacks on Trump matter?

(Newser) - The debate post-mortems have a clear theme Friday morning: Marco Rubio is the consensus winner after his relentless attacks on Donald Trump, with the big question being whether it's too late to stop the frontrunner's momentum. Some highlights:
  • "This was not only Rubio's best debate performance.
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Cruz a 'Basket Case,' Other Lines From Fiery Debate

Rubio and Cruz finally came to life, took on Trump

(Newser) - The zingers came fast and furious in Thursday night's heated GOP debate, with most of them flying back and forth between Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz. Some notable quotes, via CNN , the New York Times , Mediaite , and the Washington Post :
  • Trump: "You look at our borders,
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Carson Talks About 'Fruit Salad,' Twitter Goes Nuts

He was referring to appointing a new Supreme Court justice, naturally

(Newser) - If you happened to log onto Twitter Thursday night and saw "THE FRUIT SALAD OF THEIR LIFE" trending, it would be understandable to think the Food Network or the Cooking Channel was up to something big. But it was Ben Carson who woke the Internet up with this phrase—... More »

Fireworks Start Early Against Trump

Rubio, Cruz don't waste time tag-teaming Trump on amnesty, hiring foreign workers

(Newser) - For those wondering who was going to go after who in Thursday night's GOP debate in Houston, it was pretty clear early on that both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were focused on front-runner Donald Trump—and he gave what they sent his way right back, specifically on the... More »

What to Watch in Thursday's GOP Debate

5 candidates left as Super Tuesday approaches

(Newser) - There are just a few days left before Super Tuesday, meaning Thursday night's GOP debate in Houston gives the five remaining candidates a final chance to make their case before voters in more than a dozen states and territories head to the polls. Here's what to look for... More »

Who Won, Lost the GOP Debate

Common theme: Good night for governors, bad for frontrunners

(Newser) - The Republicans wrapped up their last debate before New Hampshire votes on Tuesday, a particularly feisty affair in which Marco Rubio took the biggest hits . One theme emerging is that it was a good night for governors but not for frontrunners:
  • Dan Balz of the Washington Post : "Marco Rubio
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Christie Hammers Rubio in Debate

'There it is, the memorized 25-second speech'

(Newser) - Marco Rubio came into Saturday night's debate with a target on his back following his strong finish in Iowa, and Chris Christie didn't hesitate. He attacked Rubio early, saying the Florida senator "simply does not have the experience to be president of the United States" and mocking... More »

Debate Introductions Could Not Have Gone Worse

Bad acoustics blamed for confusion

(Newser) - The Republican debate Saturday night began generating buzz before the first question was even asked, thanks to a comically confusing opening. (See the video .) It began when Ben Carson couldn't hear his own introduction because of noise in the New Hampshire auditorium and stood off stage—with a... More »

So Who Won: Fox or Trump?

Well, it's not exactly clear

(Newser) - Who won Thursday night: Donald Trump or Fox News? The early word seems to be that there's "no clear winner," as the Baltimore Sun puts it. Trump, of course, skipped the Fox News GOP debate, and other networks including CNN and MSNBC ran portions of Trump's... More »

GOP Punishes Magazine for Anti-Trump Issue

'National Review' no longer co-sponsoring debate

(Newser) - Payback was swift for the National Review on Thursday after the conservative magazine published a fierce anti-Donald Trump editorial , calling him a "menace to American conservatism" and a "philosophically unmoored political opportunist." The Republican National Committee informed the magazine that it had been "disinvited" from the... More »

Who Won, Lost GOP Debate

This could be curtains for Carson, pundits say

(Newser) - Thursday night's GOP debate in South Carolina may have been the last good chance for low-polling candidates to shake things up a little—but while it was a feisty affair, it was short on surprises, with front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz dominating. Here's what the pundits are... More »

Debate Audience Chanted 'We Want Rand'

He spent the night taking questions on Twitter

(Newser) - Rand Paul rejected a place in the GOP undercard debate Thursday night after failing to make the cut for the main stage but he still had fans in the audience: Moderator Neil Cavuto had to pause during a question as audience members started chanting "We want Rand," reports... More »

Memorable Lines From the Debate

'If my mother were secretary of the Treasury ...'

(Newser) - A look at some of the lines generating buzz from each of the seven candidates in the prime-time Republican debate, via the Washington Post :
  • Ted Cruz: "Since September the constitution hasn’t changed, but the poll numbers have. I recognize that Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are
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Cruz Turns Tables on Trump Over Birther Question

'I’m not going to use your mother’s birth against you,' he says

(Newser) - Ted Cruz got the birther question about 30 minutes into Thursday night's debate, and he used his response to ridicule the notion that he might not be eligible for the White House because of his birth in Canada. He's eligible, he reiterated, because his mother was an American... More »

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