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Republican debate tonight in Miami live blog: GOP poll results show swing towards Trump

Republican debate tonight in Miami live blog: GOP poll results show swing towards Trump

Republican debate tonight in Miami live blog: GOP poll results show swing towards Trump

Update: The debate began on an interesting note: The Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus is telling the boys he wants them to play nice tonight, calling for “more of a G-rated” debate in Miami.

The man who has insulted almost everyone big time Donald Trump, assured debate broadcaster CNN he intends to be “softer” onstage tonight than at recent debates. But with Mitt Romney’s Never Trump movement “mortally wounded,” he intends to “knock out” Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on his way to winning their states’ winner-takes-all primaries next weeek, giving him a lock on the GOP nom. “If you knock ’em out, nothing can happen,” Trump explained, reasonably. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be there tonight too, with Jake Tapper moderating the moderators.

9:22 p.m. Rubio is asked what should the new retirement age be for obtaining Social Security and how much of the benefits would have to be cut.

“I’m against any changes to Social Security that are bad for my mother,” says the Florida senator, who says he would propose a graduating scale over a period of time to change the retirement age to between 68 and 70.

Rubio says he wouldn’t touch Social Security for people receiving it now, but warns that the U.S. will face “a debt crisis” if the program isn’t reformed.

Trump weighs in on Social Security and says he would leave the program “as-is” and says he would get rid of waste, fraud and abuse.

9:17 p.m. Trump is asked for his specific objections to Common Core and he says it’s education by Washington, D.C.

“I don’t want that,” he says. “I want local education.”

Trump says former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is endorsing him in the morning. He says they spoke for over an hour and says Carson “has a great handle” on education.

Kasich says the conservative opposition by Common Core is “hysteria.”

Cruz says Common Core is a “disaster” and would “abolish” the Department of Education if he were to become president.

9:12 p.m. Kasich says he has a “comprehensive” plan to improve the government’s immigration system.

“I would say we would absolutely have to finish the wall and guard the border,” says the Ohio governor, who said for the 11.5 million people living in the U.S. illegally should have a “path to legalization, not citizenship” if they haven’t committed a crime.

Cruz lays out his immigration plan and argues that the U.S. is bringing in “far too many low-skilled workers,” which he says is “driving down the wages of hard-working Americans.” The Texas senator accuses Democrats of “supporting illegal immigration” because he says they view them as “potential voters.”

Asked how voters can trust Trump to run the U.S. government differently than his businesses, such as his hiring of foreign workers, he says, “Nobody knows the system better than me. These are laws, these are regulations.”

Kasich, Cruz and Rubio address free trade deals and argue that the U.S. first needs to protect American workers. Kasich, for example, says there should be “free trade, but fair trade.”

“I support free trade deals that are good for America,” Rubio says. “We have to have access to the hundreds of millions of people in the world who can afford to buy things.”

Donald Trump will once again try to belittle his Republican opponents seeking presidential nomination. Despite his excellent performance in Republican primaries and caucuses, the real estate mogul has antagonized a large section of population including around two third of Republican supporters.

Despite the fact that he has been calling himself a unifier in the Republican Party, even GOP top brass is of the opinion that he is the most divisive figure even going by the party’s standard. For common Americans, his ascent in the Republican Party and his wins in primaries and caucuses are unnerving to say the least.

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Donald Trump seems to be creating Islamophobia in the US by uttering nonsense. “I think Islam hates us,” Trump told CNN, deploring the “tremendous hatred” that he said partly defined the religion. Trump, 69, maintained that the war was against radical Islam, but said, “it’s very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who’s who.” Asked if the hate was “in Islam itself,” Trump said that was for the media to figure out.

Donald-TrumpIf that was not enough he went on to add, “You’re gonna have to figure that out, OK…We have to be very vigilant. We have to be very careful. And we can’t allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States”. The real estate tycoon-turned politician made headlines in December when he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Despite widespread condemnation of the remarks, Trump has stood by the proposal. When asked yesterday to outline how he would project power overseas, Trump said “there can be no doctrine” Trump also tried to clarify his position on how far he would go in targeting the families of terrorists.

He is trying to build his campaign on Islamophobia. It must be kept in mind that Republicans thrive on hate and he seems to be attracting a huge chunk of such people.

For remaining candidates will be in the fray tonight. Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich will meet in their 12th and likely final debate for the remaining four Republican candidates. A Fox News poll has Trump up by 20 points over his nearest rival, Rubio. The state’s primary will award 99 delegates in the first winner-take-all contest.

When: Thursday, March 10
Where: The University of Miami
What time: The debate starts at 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Hosted by: CNN and The Washington Times
The debate will air live on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Espa̱ol. CNN is on: DirecTV Рchannel 202; Dish Network Рchannel 200; ATT U-verse Рchannel 202
Live stream: CNN will live stream the debate on CNN.com’s homepage and across mobile platforms. According to CNN, all users will be able to watch live CNN TV online and on their mobile devices without logging in.
Moderators: CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper is the moderator. Dana Bash, Salem Radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt and Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times will be asking questions.

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