Top-tier GOP candidates face off on jobs, economy in third primary debate

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Bush and Rubio tangle in GOP debate, as Trump and Carson defend seriousness of their campaigns.

As the third GOP presidential debate got started on Wednesday, Donald Trump and Ben Carson defended their tax plans amid attacks that they were engaged in unrealistic assumptions and promises. The Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado, yielded quite a few zingers, exchanges and moments at the campus of the University of Colorado. “I trust people too much, I’m too trusting. And when they let me down, if they let me down, I never forgive.” — Donald Trump, on his biggest weakness. “I love the Mexican people, I respect the Mexican leaders, but the leaders are much sharper, smarter and more cunning than our leaders…a politician cannot get them to pay [for a wall]. John Kasich, attacked his plan and that of Carson as “fantasy tax schemes.” The Tax Foundation estimated that Trump’s plan could cost trillions over the next decade.

Kasich called it “fantasy.” After he then appeared to take a swipe at Donald Trump’s immigration plans, he added, “Folks, we gotta wake up. …. Three months before primary voting begins, the Republican field is a two-track contest between Washington outsiders and those with political experience. Carson has proposed a 10% flat tax plan modeled on tithing. “We’re going to have a 10% tithe and that is how we are going to fund the government?” Kasich asked. We cannot elect somebody that doesn’t know how to do the job.” Saying Kasich initially vowed not to attack fellow Republicans, Trump said: “Then his poll numbers tanked. All that’s in that trust fund is a pile of IOUs for money they’ve spent on something else a long time ago.” — Chris Christie on social security. “Looking at their academic standards the only way I could have gotten into this university is to be invited to this debate tonight.” — Lindsey Graham, U.S. senator from South Carolina “Hillary Clinton put a server, an unsecure server in her home as secretary of state.

That alone should disqualify her from being president of the United States.” — George Pataki, former governor of New York. “To the Chinese, when it comes to dealing with me, you’ve got a clenched fist and an open hand. The debate also held big stakes for Jeb Bush, who has found himself languishing in the single digits after entering the race in June as the presumptive frontrunner, and Marco Rubio, who has seen a steady rise in the polls yet has recently faced criticism for missing votes in the Senate. He sought to explain his vague tax policy, which he has compared to tithing, in which families donate the same portion of their income to their church regardless of how much they make.

He said he was the only candidate that had been involved in balancing the federal budget, and said he had a plan to do so while cutting taxes and creating jobs. On Wednesday, the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., called on Rubio to resign for missing so many Senate votes as he has waged his presidential campaign. Perhaps standing the most to gain was CNBC, hoping for the record ratings that Fox News and CNN enjoyed in their coverage of the first and second debates, respectively. Critics have questioned whether the government could still raise enough revenue under that type of flat tax system to pay for programs like Social Security. The network has reportedly commanded a premium in ad rates, but it also was willing to alter its proposed debate format after Trump and Carson threatened to pull out if it ran longer than two hours.

Fiorina, though, did not start the campaign with Bush-level resources, and faces the challenge of translating her typically strong debate performances into sustained polling support. At an Iowa rally Tuesday night, the billionaire businessman joked feistily with the crowd about his slipping Iowa numbers – not to mention a new survey showing Carson leading him nationally. Trump on Carson: “I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about, I just don’t know about,” he said at a rally on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. He said media criticism of his voting record is an example of bias against conservatives, and said Bush was only piling on because “we’re running for the same position and someone has convinced you that attacking me will help you.” When moderators pointed out that the question was about the debt limit, Cruz tried to backpedal and answer the question, and said, “You don’t want to hear the answer” when the moderators elected to move on.

But his slip in Iowa has prompted some speculation among Republicans that the tide could be turning against the bombastic real estate mogul, and a weak performance Wednesday could reinforce that view. Slower-than-expected fundraising has led Bush to cut spending and overhaul his campaign structure, and he’s voiced frustration with the way the unusual race has progressed. The political rookies appealing to voter anger with Washington have ceded no ground, and establishment politicians are still waiting for the race to turn their way — and increasingly wondering if it ever will. The jumbled GOP race is a stark contrast to the Democratic field, where Hillary Rodham Clinton has strengthened her standing as the clear front-runner. Campaigning in New Hampshire Wednesday, she said the GOP debates are like a “reality TV show but the cast of characters are out of touch with actual reality.” The debate in Colorado, an important general election battleground state, was to run for two hours after the last affair went on for more than three.

Trump’s immigration plan. “People who say that have no idea what that would entail in terms of our legal system, the costs — forget about it.” Carson on Trump: “You know, a couple of months ago, I said something which he took as an attack on his faith and I apologized for that.

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