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Full Video: Fox News Republican Debate from Detroit

The four remaining Republican presidential contenders took the stage in Detroit, Michigan, for a debate sponsored by the Fox News Channel. The debate opened with a fury and didn’t slow down until nearly an hour into the broadcast. Marco Rubio and Donald Trump spent the better part of the first hour at each other’s throats.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016
Fox News Republican Debate

Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace
Candidates: Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Transcript: Washington Post

Here is the full debate video:

Report from the Associated Press:

Picking up right where they left off, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio barked out fresh insults at each other in a Republican presidential debate Thursday night that also featured a crude sexual reference from Trump – and an healthy dose of policy, too.

Cruz and Rubio, who earlier had devoted considerable debate time to throwing sharp elbows at one another, were relentless in training their fire on Trump.

Rubio justified his attacks on Trump by saying the billionaire businessman had “basically mocked everybody” over the past year. Trump countered with a feint, saying he’d called Rubio a “lightweight” in the past but “he’s really not that much of a lightweight.”

Trump then noted that Rubio had mocked his hands as small, widely viewed as an insult about Trump’s sexual prowess. Holding his hands up to the audience, Trump declared, “I guarantee you, there’s no problem” in that area.

It was a jaw-dropping moment in a campaign that’s been full of surprises from the beginning.

For all of the criticism and ill will, Cruz, Rubio and Kasich all said they would support Trump if he is the Republican nominee. He, too, said he would support whoever wins.

There was plenty of policy, too, as Rubio and Cruz pressed Trump aggressively on his conservative credentials, his business practices and shifting policy positions.

The first hour was almost painful to watch with Rubio and Trump talking over each other, under each other, and basically cancelling each other out answering questions. Overall, I think that Ted Cruz and John Kasich each came off having a fairly good night. Donald Trump delivered a standard strong performance, though spent a lot of time on defense. Marco Rubio did launch a lot of attacks on Trump, but I think much of it also came at his own expense of looking fairly petty at times. Please take the comments below as your chance to agree or disagree with me.

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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  • The Republican Party --- pushed by a desperate GOP Establishment in
    panic over Trump --- committed suicide on national TV. End of story!

    This will backfire --- watch Trump win BIG tomorrow, and wrap it up by the 16th of March.

    • This post was flagged, but I'm not sure why. It's on topic, and sincere.

      Posts are deleted for profanity, for duplicity (posting the same thing over and over), and most often, if two posters get into a juvenile attack on each other.

      We're here to learn from each other. We do not delete because we disagree, or even if a comment is hostile, as long as it has a point.

      Party on, dudes.

      • Well put. If Trump were smarter, he'd just roll his eyes, as he does so well. It doesn't help to yell back. After all, the charges are having no effect, anyway.

  • Donald Trump is where he is in this election because the silent majority of "AMERICANS" have been ignored by the establishment for the last decade. Supporter know exactly who Donald Trump is and that is why they are supporting him. They know that simply by virtue of his personality that he will be successful at shaking up DC to finally crush this disgustingly petty partisan @rap.

    • He is where is he in this process due to the fact he is a charlatan! A snake oil salesman. They are all full of crap, except the one that seems to have the most integrity is John Kasich. Don't get me wrong... I am not one of his supporters, but in doing the math, atleast he is not embarrassing himself like the others. I feel for him. It appears FOX would rather beef up the drama, then give him due time to express how he would be as president. Trump is an embarrassment and is using Hitler tactics and as far as Cruz and Rubio... well... I think if I have to chose, it would be Kasich at this point. What are your thoughts on this?

      • Kasich is clearly the closest thing to reasonable up there. He doesn't stand a chance.

        Pity.

  • why is it so hard for these idiot candidates to focus on the real issues of this country instead of wasting money and time bashing each other. this country is falling apart and our presidential election is a joke. i can only imagine what other countries are thinking.

    we need a candidate that can keep promises and makes changes. i am tired of seeing empty promises by politicians who once elected continue fighting with other politicians.

    for one, we should focus on our own country and fix hunger and poverty instead of trying to solve the worlds problems and going broke doing so. we should also stop supporting people who dont contribute to society, the welfare and other poverty programs need to be revamped.

    • We have three children who want to be king of the schoolyard.

      So far as the promises and changes are concerned, I only know of one from both parties that even comes close to meeting that criterion.

      As to your last paragraph, the current programs you mention could easily be paid for by ending welfare for the wealthy and corporations.

      Enacting laws reversing the laws that used taxpayers' money to ship our jobs out of the country might be a good start, but that won't happen with a GOP majority. That was evidenced by the GOP filibuster on the matter last year, or was it the year before?

  • Ducklipped Donald and his trumpanzies have turned the presidential debates into an episode of the Jerry Springer show.

  • Its damn TIME TO WAKE UP!
    STOP FALLINB FOR TRUMPS BS AND FLIP FLOPS ON ISSUES! WE CAN NOT TRUST TRUMP KASICH RUBIO AND THAT LYING WITCH CLINTON!
    NONE OF THE ABOVE BELONG IN OUR WHITE HOUSE!
    WE MUST SUPPORT CRUZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cruz only stands for Christians. As an atheist the idea of an evangelical like him in office is alienating and frightening. I don't believe in jesus, I don't care about jesus, I'm sick of hearing about jesus, I'm not interested in the bible, and you can tell me til you're blue in the face that I'm going to hell, it doesn't matter to me. You only are a lunatic from my perspective.

      We need someone in office who respects the boundaries between church and state.

      I'm just glad I'm not Muslim, though I know people who are. Some of the nicest and most respectful I've ever had the privilege of meeting. Cruz is a candidate for a diminishing group.

  • Bottom line and final argument : Trump DOES create jobs _ he has ABUNDANTLY proved that.

    • I'm so curious about the people supporting him. I don't know a single one - why is it that you believe in him? Truly? Are there actual facts that have resonated with you? What do you think of the charge from hundreds of economists saying his plans are impossible? What about how he can't keep a solid opinion on a single issue? Do you honestly believe that he will have your back, that he will be able to run this country effectively? What about the tons of failed businesses he's had? What about his bullying and acting like a three year old?

      I just don't understand. Part of me wonders if the people voting for him are the remnants of our old American economy, in which manufacturing and jobs that don't require higher education formed the backbone of the middle class. But everyone knows the world is changing; even specialized jobs are moving overseas. It's not a bad thing if you're a good opportunist - it means that you can potentially have the world as your customer. But manufacturing and trade jobs are things of the past, that I do believe, no matter who comes into office. The new global economy means you have to be more wily, and a specialist.

      • Is your question worth any answer, really ?
        You know what ? You sure sound pretty stupid.
        But it's okay with me.

        • Well ..."Big Spender" - enlighten me then. Why do you think I'm stupid?

          I'm asking questions because I would like to understand. You can call me whatever name you like, I'm not really interested in that. I'm interested in the answers to my questions. Please, if you have an opinion, feel free to logically break it down for me. And if you think my views are wrong, I am open to being shown a different view.

      • I hope you get responses to your thoughtful and thorough post.

        But I would make one correction. Trump is acting like a six-year-old. It's Rubio who is acting like a three-year-old.

  • I hate the mud slinging. I wish they could just stick to answering the questions. Why do they have to talk over one another. They are like little kids. I liked the second hour better than the first hour...but it is ridiculous that grown men act like children on a school yard bullying each other.

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