John Kasich seeks to gain ground in GOP debate on CNN
Feb 26 2016
The two other Republicans left in the race, John Kasich and Ben Carson, were left fighting to get a word in.
He said Trump effectively responded to most criticisms, but at times seemed repetitive.
It was the final debate before Super Tuesday, when Republicans will vote in a dozen states, including Texas.
"You don't have the endorsement of one Republican senator and you work with these people", Mr Trump said.
Rubio and Trump then shouted over each other as the senator accused the real estate mogul of hiring Polish workers. So far, after four primary and caucus contests, Trump has 82 delegates, Cruz has 17 and Rubio has 16.
Rubio attacks Trump again for hiring undocumented immigrants: "If he builds a wall the way he built Trump Tower, he'll use illegal immigrants to do it". "Every year they audit me, audit me, audit me", Trump said. And he said that because Mexico's current and former presidents had criticised him on the issue, "the wall just got 10 feet taller". The drama began hours before candidates took to the stage as Trump sparred with Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, over tax returns.
"He should be ashamed of himself and he should apologize", declared Trump. During an appearance on the Today Show on Friday morning, he said: "We are going to win Florida".
As Trump, Rubio and Cruz continued to argue over Israel, flinging insults like "liar" and "choke artist", Carson, who has received the least amount of speaking time, grew frustrated.
"I would not prefer that to be the case, I would much rather have someone just win the nomination and end this process", he added.
"Well, look, the thing here is I prefer not to have a fight with other Republicans, but Donald, as he reminds everyone has done very well in the early states, and we're on the verge of having someone take over the conservative movement and the Republican Party who is a con artist", Rubio insisted. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, sought to score a game-changing moment heading into a series of critical March 1 primary contests.
"Now he's repeating himself", Rubio went on, coyly referencing a previous debate in which Rubio badly hurt himself by repeating the same answer several times. When all five were asked about North Korea's president, he said, "We should make sure that he knows that if he ever shoots a missile at us it'll be the last thing he does". Those polls that they're doing, that you're citing are wrong.
"I think they both did a pretty good job of tagging the tail on the donkey", former Texas governor Rick Perry, who has endorsed Cruz, told reporters after the debate.
He said hadn't Trump inherited 200 million dollars, he would be selling watches in Manhattan and closed the occasion with another dig at the latter, calling for an end to: "The silliness".