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GOP candidates open New Hampshire debate, with Rubio an early target

GOP candidates open New Hampshire debate, with Rubio an early target

Republican presidential candidates began their final face-off Saturday, each hoping for a breakthrough before a New Hampshire primary that could dramatically reshape the battle for their party’s nomination.

The debate offered perhaps the last best chance for candidates to cut into what has been a commanding lead here for Donald Trump – that is, if they dared to challenge him.

Sen. Ted Cruz, winner of the Iowa caucuses, was asked in the early moments of the debate whether Trump had the temperament to be commander in chief.

“I think that is an assessment that the voters are going to make,” he said.

Trump seized on Cruz’s unwillingness to...

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