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GOP Debate: Trying to ignore Trump

Confronted with the durable phenomenon known as Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidates tried a new tack Tuesday night: ignore him. Trump didn’t go anywhere, of course. Attacks did flow in from candidates who found themselves farther from center stage than ever -– including, notably, Jeb Bush. But it’s as if his front-running status is so familiar that his rivals for the most part chose not to fight him, as the race settles into its lanes. At a tense time in the nation, attention turned to once familiar –- even old-school -– arguments inside the Republican Party. A scattered debate that focused almost exclusively on foreign policy and national security revealed tension between the GOP’s hawkish and libertarian strains, its Senate and gubernatorial leaders, and two first-term senators who may well be the last Republican candidates standing/ABC News. More here.

Question: Who won/lost debate?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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