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Full Video: Watch the ABC News Republican Debate

The leading Republican candidates squared off in New Hampshire on Saturday night at a debate sponsored by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review (IJReview). Only the top seven candidates were invited to participate based on national polling and polling of New Hampshire primary voters. This debate comes just days before the crucial first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary on February 9.


Saturday, February 6, 2016
ABC News Republican Debate

Location: Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire
Moderators: David Muir and Martha Raddatz
Candidates: Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Bush, Kasich, Christie

Here is the full video of the debate in a five part playlist:

Report from CNN:

Marco Rubio struggled to fend off a string of searing attacks from Chris Christie as the two battle to emerge from Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary as the favorite of the Republican establishment.

Rubio appeared seriously rattled by the exchanges Saturday night at the final Republican presidential debate before the primary. The senator tried to fend off Christie — without much effect — by shifting the focus to President Barack Obama and the Democrats.

But Christie was relentless, blasting Rubio as someone who delivers soaring speeches but has never made a consequential decision in his political life and isn’t fit to be president.

“Marco, the thing is this,” Christie said at the ABC debate at St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire. “When you’re president of the United States, when you’re a governor of a state, the memorized 30-second speech where you talk about how great America is at the end of it doesn’t solve one problem for one person,” Christie said.

Christie also slammed Rubio’s poor attendance record in the Senate.

“That’s not leadership, that’s truancy,” Christie said.

Rubio tried to blunt Christie’s attack by saying the governor had not wanted to leave the campaign trail to return to New Jersey before a major recent snow storm last week. The senator then spoke of the aspirations of the American people.

But Christie had none of it, refusing to let Rubio wriggle out of his assault, playing on a narrative advanced by Rubio’s opponents that he has simply learned a soaring stump speech and deploys it every time he appears in public, be it at a campaign event or a debate.

“There it is, the memorized 20 second speech,” Christie told the crowd.

This debate started out with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio taking the brunt of the attacks. Donald Trump remained unscathed for much of the time as the other candidates were fighting over 2nd and 3rd place in New Hampshire. I think Rubio was damaged somewhat, especially by the exchanges with Chris Christie who came out the strongest against Rubio compared to any debate thus far. I don’t think Trump took much damage which might keep his poll numbers safe. I do think that the Rubio momentum might be halted somewhat given the relentless attacks from several other candidates.

Nate Ashworth :Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

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  • I can't get my head around why Jeb Bush still isn't in the 'undercard debates'. I don't get it. You read all kinds of news reports telling how bad he's doing, how every big donor is leaving him. You even see the sucker shooting himself in the foot countless times. It's enough already. He now looks good in this debate to some, but that's because he's in there with the big boys. How would he do with his own match; Fiorina, Gilmore, and probably Christie would be in there?

    • I'd say just the opposite. Moving down might have helped Bush. We saw that when Ben Carson and Fiorina were bumped down to the undercard, they became "stars."

      I also think if Rand Paul had gone to the undercard debate, people would have finally seen how good he his--not having to fight for attention among the big mouths at the top.

      • If that be true, what should I think of leaving out two contestants out of this current debate? One of them a woman no less. Who has plotted this debate in this way?

          • I think it does. It could have changed the tone of the debate, the topics might have been different. Plus, she is the only woman candidate the RNC has, albeit independent or running as an outsider. They've made a huge mistake if you ask me.

  • Would they STOP talking about Obama? Who cares what they think of him? Questions should not be answered with attacks.

  • The problem with congress, both sides of the aisle, is that there aren't any term limits. Lots of times people (we are stupid) will vote for an incumbent over doing research and choosing a new candidate.

  • Mr Cruz's poise, focus, knowledge and experience somehow puts a light on him all the others here fail to match, He has this veterans full attention

  • omg Ted Cruz and his nonsensical, irresponsible lies about about "socialized medicine". He doesn't know what he is talking about. And I love Trump's answer about healthcare. It made zero sense. Sounds like Sarah Palin.

  • Anyone notice the viewing screen was too small and space wasted by the candidates pictures and background? Any better video out there?

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