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Published: Fri, February 26, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Who Won The Republican Debate? Democrats


In this last debate before the crucial primaries on Super Tuesday next week, Trump faced attacks from both Sen.

Asked to weigh in, Rubio slammed Trump nearly immediately: "If he builds the wall the way he built Trump Tower, he'll be using illegal immigrant labor to do it", repeating attacks that stemmed from a New York Times report that revealed Trump's Florida club largely employs foreign workers. If they each fail to win their home states, the delegate math suggests Mr. Trump may be impossible to stop in the race to collect the 1,237 delegates required to clinch the GOP nomination.

"I'm the only one on this stage that's hired people", Trump fired back to Rubio, who has spent all of his professional life in politics.

Amid Trump's defense of his plans to build a wall on the southern border and make Mexico pay to build it, Rubio criticized Trump's business acumen and questioned his successes.

In another rough exchange, Rubio accused Trump of shifting his position on deportation, hiring people from other countries to take jobs from Americans and being fined for worker violations.

If you've read my work, you know that I don't say this with any pleasure: Trump was the clear victor of tonight's debate.

Cruz said he would have nominated someone more conservative, but noted that Trump has routinely given money to Democrats who backed liberal justices.

Trump said playing sports in his youth taught him that, 'When you're choker you're always a choker'. Time and time again, Trump has proven that he owns the post-debate.

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, left, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, Sen.

Ted Cruz at the CNN GOP presidential debate in Houston, Texas on February 25, 2016. "Selling watches in Manhattan", Rubio charged. The Florida senator repeated himself several times in a New Hampshire debate less than three weeks ago, triggering what he now calls "the New Hampshire disappointment".

In response to a question, Trump said he would not release his personal income tax records until after what he called a routine audit is finished. Cruz said. "He was firing Dennis Rodman on 'Celebrity Apprentice'".

Rubio and Cruz know that the stakes could not be higher while Trump seems unfazed about the party coalescing around a mainstream candidate.

Trump wouldn't relent. "There's nothing to add", he said of his health care ideas.

"You repeat yourself every day", Rubio said.

Earlier predictions indicated that Trump would crash and burn by this point, but now the Republican party is dealing with the cold, hard, fact that he's remained steady at number one, even without big political endorsements.

Cruz then picked up the attack, saying that he had battled a 2013 effort to pass immigration reform and give undocumented immigrants a legal pathway to citizenship.

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