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Who won the Republican debate last night: Ben Carson vs Ted Cruz vs Jeb Bush, highlights, winners and losers

Who won the Republican debate last night: Ben Carson vs Ted Cruz vs Jeb Bush, highlights, winners and losers

Who won the Republican debate last night: Ben Carson vs Ted Cruz vs Jeb Bush, highlights, winners and losers

Everyone is wondering now as to who won the Republican debate last night. Despite the absence of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, the debate was as fiery as it has been during the last six debates when Trump was part of it.

Donald Trump had boycotted the Fox News debate over the issue of moderator. He was asking the cable network to leave Megyn Kelly, the leading Fox News anchor and bring someone else on her place. But the Fox News refused to oblige him and went on with the same moderator.

Six Republican presidential hopeful were part of the debate tonight. This included U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. John Kasich.Donald-Trump

There is no denying the fact that if there was a single winner tonight, it was none other than Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who took the centerstage during Des Moines debate. He commanded the stage with powerful rhetoric about how to defeat extremist groups and side-stepping attacks.

Immediately after the debate Los Angeles Times praised him saying, “Florida Sen. Marco Rubio cast his fellow senators as weak in the fight against Islamic State, as several candidates jostled to gain an edge on foreign policy during Thursday’s debate…Tough rhetoric was abundant, with Rubio repeatedly raising his voice and jabbing his finger in the air as he implied that rough interrogations were necessary.”

Sen. Marco Rubio attacked Cruz and everyone else. Sen. Marco Rubio said that rival Sen. Ted Cruz, was running a campaign “built on a lie,” because Cruz had shifted his position about whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to remain in the country legally. Rubio while attacking Cruz said, “This is the lie that Ted Cruz’s campaign is built upon”. ‘Throughout this campaign, you’ve been willing to say or do anything to get votes.” Rubio’s attack on Cruz (Tex.) was part of a difficult section for the second-place candidate, who was playing the front-runner in this debate because billionaire Donald Trump was boycotting it.

Nonetheless it must be kept in mind that Rubio was not the only person attacking Cruz. A few moments earlier, moderator Megyn Kelly had played video clips that showed Cruz appearing to support a comprehensive immigration bill, as long as it included an amendment that he’d proposed. Cruz’s amendment would have eliminated the possibility that undocumented immigrants could become U.S. citizens, though it left open a chance for them to obtain a permanent status as a legal resident. Now, however, Cruz has lambasted Rubio for helping to author that bill, saying that Rubio had supported “amnesty.” “Was that all an act? It’s pretty convincing,” Kelly said.

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