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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A day before voters go to the polls in the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, Chris Christie said he believes “the race is now wide open” and pointed to Bill Clinton as evidence.

“No one knows what's going on in this race at all,” the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate said on Good Morning America Monday.

“We sense real momentum on the ground for us. We're looking to run right through the tape on Tuesday,” Christie told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

Christie continued to hammer Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, whose momentum Christie sought to upset in Saturday night’s debate by attacking the Florida senator on stage for repeating the same talking point several times.

“The fact is, he's never accomplished anything of any note in the United States Senate,” Christie said of Rubio.

Since the debate, Rubio has only doubled down on his original talking point. "I'm going to say it, again," Rubio told a crowd in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Sunday morning, again arguing that President Obama wants to change America.

Though the polls show Christie languishing in the single-digits in New Hampshire a day before voting, Christie has made the case that his performance in this weekend’s debate shook up the field and harked back to Bill Clinton’s 1992 comeback in the Granite State.

“Everybody told him the night before New Hampshire primary, he was going to be in single-digits and was finished,” Christie recalled. “He came in second place and his campaign went on to win the nomination. So, let's remember a little history.”
 
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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dished on how the first family hosts a Super Bowl Sunday party in the White House.

"We have a regular group of friends that we've been having now, the last four or five years," President Obama said in the CBS interview Sunday, the couple's first live joint interview. "We all go upstairs to the residence, sort of in the Treaty Room, which is my office. We clear everything out, and it's you know your basic wings, pizza, nachos, guac."

But, according to the first lady, the party is actually divided into separate rooms based on the level of interest in the actual game.

"Basically we have sort of three ways that we do the Super Bowl," Michelle Obama said, adding two other options in addition to the "serious watchers" in the Treaty Room. "Then there's the outside room where the kids are, where they're kind of fooling around there by the food."

"We keep them away," President Obama joked.

"There's what I call the Champagne Room," the first lady said. "That's where my mother sits, where you really don't know what's going on but you're close to the champagne."

As for the experience watching the game, President Obama said it's not much different from what you'd find anywhere else.

"We're like everybody else, folks rate the commercials," he said.

Michelle Obama said she was especially looking forward to the halftime show, which features Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyonce.

"I care deeply about the halftime show. Deeply," she said. "I got dressed for the halftime show, I hope Beyonce likes what I have on."

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Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- After his bludgeoning of rival presidential candidate Marco Rubio in Saturday night’s debate, Chris Christie declared on Sunday that the "anointment" of Rubio is over.

"That anointment is now over," Christie told reporters after a stop at a local pub in New Hampshire. "I think it changes the entire race."

Christie repeatedly challenged Rubio at the debate, hosted by ABC News, and the Florida senator's performance was met with more than a few poor reviews.

"The anointed one last night didn't look like he was ready for the game," Christie said, making the case that his late strike on Rubio was all part of his strategy. "I told all of you ... I would do it in a time and a place of my choosing and I did it in a time and a place of my choosing, and when I did it, I did it well."

On the campaign trail in New Hampshire on Sunday, Rubio passed up the opportunity to take a swing at Christie, instead doubling down on a talking point he repeated at last night's debate, which ended up sparking a heated exchange with the New Jersey governor.

"I'm gonna say it again," Rubio told a crowd in Londonderry Sunday morning, again arguing that President Obama wants to change America.

A few hours later, the Florida senator repeated it once more at a Super Bowl watch party in Manchester.

"I don't care how much it annoys people in the media," he said. "We are going to keep saying it: Barrack Obama is trying to change America."

Even with Rubio rising in the latest polls, Christie said he is confident -- though not cocky -- heading into Tuesday’s primary with his plane tickets purchased to head to South Carolina, one of the next early nominating states.

"I am ready to roll to South Carolina," he said. "My reservations are made."

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ABCNews.com(PETERBOROUGH, N.H.) -- Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz handed over his mic and stage to a 9-year-old with a burning question Sunday in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

The Texas senator was taking questions from a packed room when a young boy named Hank stood up to ask his question.

When the mic wasn't working and Hank was too far back for the senator to hear, Cruz invited him to come towards the front.

Hank took the invitation one step further and walked up onto the stage. Cruz smiled, shook his hand and then handed his mic over to him.

"In 1992, Hillary Clinton said she didn't come to Washington to bake cookies, so why does she have so many waffles now?" Hank asked.

Cruz laughed and gave an answer that fired up his conservative base.

"My view on Hillary Clinton is I think she is running on an agenda of ideas that don't work," Cruz said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton defended her voting record Sunday in an interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," saying she has never been influenced to vote one way or another by a donor.

“I have never, ever been influenced in a view or a vote by anyone who has given me any kind of funding,” she said.

The defense came in the wake of criticism over Clinton’s alleged ties to Wall Street from her rival for the nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“I'm happy to set this record straight and I really want to, once again, call out the Sanders campaign, which claims they like to run a positive campaign, but they have been quite artful in raising questions and trying to cast doubts about my record,” she said. “I really am not going to sit and take it anymore.”

This was not Clinton’s first call to the Sanders campaign to stop its “insinuation” attacks against her. During Thursday's debate, Clinton called them “an artful smear,” telling Sanders, "if you've got something to say, say it directly."

"I really don't think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you and enough is enough,” she said.

Sanders didn't respond to the comment.

On Sunday, Clinton also responded to a comment made by Elizabeth Warren before she was elected to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

In an interview on PBS in 2004, Warren accused Clinton of protecting banks while serving as a New York senator. Clinton dismissed the accusation as “one of these innuendo-insinuation charges" and said she and Warren had been “allies” in stopping a 2000 version of the bankruptcy bill Warren had referred to in the interview.

Clinton added that she had “the greatest respect” for Warren.

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ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the United States needs to authorize "something beyond waterboarding" in order to better fight terror groups.

Trump justified the use of waterboarding and other unnamed advanced interrogation techniques because terror groups use greater measures to inflict fear and harm. He added that groups like ISIS go well beyond waterboarding.

"I would absolutely authorize something beyond waterboarding and believe me, it will be effective," he said Sunday on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos." "You have our enemy cutting heads off of Christians and plenty of others, by the hundreds, by the thousands."

"Do we win by being more like them?" asked Stephanopoulos.

"Yes," replied Trump. "I'm sorry. You have to do it that way."

Trump also advocated waterboarding during Saturday's debate.

"I would bring back waterboarding and I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding," he said Saturday.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  A super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination has crowdfunded an ad in New Hampshire for Sunday's Super Bowl.

Right to Rise said it raised $320,000 -- enough to buy the 30-second spot. The organization said 506 donors contributed.

Right to Rise began running an ad this weekend in South Carolina featuring former President George W. Bush. The group wouldn't say whether the same ad would play in New Hampshire during the Super Bowl.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  A super PAC supporting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination is expanding its efforts in South Carolina with an ad airing during Super Bowl 50 that jabs at one of his rivals, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

"Keep The Promise" I said it paid $465,500 to air two television ads in South Carolina in the run-up to the state’s primary on Feb. 20. During Sunday's Super Bowl, an ad called “Leadership” will air in the state.

The ad references the world's need for leadership as the United States faces various problems -- showing footage of ISIS and Russian President Vladimir Putin -- before it questions Rubio's leadership abilities and shows a clip of him saying, “I know I have a debate but I got to get this fantasy football thing right.” The ad ends with text reading, “Tell Marco Rubio: America can't afford to gamble with its safety.”

“Sen. Rubio continues to fumble the ball on the goal line, doubling down on his support of illegal immigrants who have broken the law,” Kellyanne Conway, the president of Keep the Promise I, said in a news release announcing the ad buys. "Voters don’t want a candidate advocating for college tuition discounts for children of illegal immigrants when they themselves are struggling to save money to put their own kids through college."

A second ad aimed at Rubio, who placed third in the Iowa caucus behind Cruz and Donald Trump, will air in the next few weeks.

“We believe South Carolina is prime real estate for voters looking for a solid leader with experience and grit, who isn’t afraid to stand up for his principles, answer the tough questions, and has a conservative playbook ready to deploy from Day one,” Conway said.

 Rubio and Cruz have increasingly taken steps to distinguish themselves from one another leading up to the New Hampshire primary.

A super PAC supporting Rubio released an ad late last month depicting Cruz as fickle. His campaign has also handed out calculators at Cruz's campaign stops in New Hampshire in an attempt to describe him as calculated.

"He's willing to do anything to win this election," Rubio said of Cruz last week.

Cruz has said that Rubio's third place finish in Iowa has been treated as a victory by the media.

"That's an odd collection of words. 'Impressive 3rd place finish.' Usually those don’t go together, but yet in the media’s telling, bronze is the new gold," said Cruz at a town hall in Nashua, N.H., last week.

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ABC/Donna Svennevik(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio defended repeating an attack he made against President Obama during Saturday's Republican presidential debate, in which he said on four separate occasions that he wanted to dispel the notion the president doesn't know what he's doing.

“It's what I believe and it's what I'm going to continue to say, because it happens to be one of the main reasons why I am running,” Rubio said in an exclusive interview on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos” the morning after the debate.

At Saturday’s debate hosted by ABC News, Rubio said, "And let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing.”

“Let's dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing,” Rubio said a second time.

The line drew the ire of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who called it the "memorized, 25-second speech" as Rubio began the remark a third time. Rubio later made a similar remark a fourth time during the debate.

Shown a video of his repeated remarks produced by the Clinton super PAC "Correct the Record," Rubio said he “would pay them to keep running that clip."

“That’s what I believe passionately,” he said. “It's one of the reasons why I'm not running for re-election to the Senate and I'm running for president. This notion and this idea that somehow all this is an accident -- Obamacare was not an accident, Dodd Frank was not an accident, the deal with Iran was not an accident.”

Rubio added his campaign raised more money in the first hour of the debate than he has at previous debates.

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Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Ben Carson is here to stay, despite the ups and downs of his campaign.

"For many months, the political class, pundits, the media have tried to ignore or bury me," Carson said in his closing statements during Saturday night's Republican debate hosted by ABC News. "They say that politics is too complex and too sleazy. You can't survive.

"Well, guess what? I'm still here. And I'm not going any place, either."

Before voting began on the night of the Iowa caucuses, Carson's campaign made known that the former neurosurgeon will be returning to his home in Florida to get new clothes.

This led to rumors that Carson would be dropping out, which Carson made clear was not the case.

“Well I’m gonna go on with the campaign no matter what happens on Tuesday," Carson told ABC News contributors Matthew Dowd and LZ Granderson on "Strait Talk" moments after the debate.

Carson said he wouldn't end his campaign unless his supporters felt otherwise.

“The breaking point for me will be when the millions of people who are still pushing me forward, who are still donating, if they say we’ve had enough, I’m out of there in two seconds," Carson said.

And how will Carson know his supporters feel that he should end his campaign?

“We have a tremendous social media contact and also with their money," Carson explained.

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BernieSanders.com(NEW YORK) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders flipped the tables and did an impression of comedian Larry David while standing right next to him onstage during an episode of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live.”

Asked how New Hampshire was going, Sanders replied, "Well, it's pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good," referencing David’s famous line from his show "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Saturday was the first time the two doppelgangers stood side-by-side since David debuted his instant-Internet sensation impression of the presidential hopeful on "SNL" last fall. David hosted the show Saturday night.

During a "Titanic"-esque skit, David was arguing he should be given a spot on the sinking ship’s lifeboat because he was from a wealthy family.

“Hold on, hold on, wait a second. I am so sick of the one-percent getting this preferential treatment,” Sanders boomed, coming on set waving his finger and wearing a vest and newsboy cap.

 “Enough is enough,” he continued, delivering one of his go-to campaign lines. "We need to unite and work together if we are all going to get through this."

“Sounds like socialism to me,” David retorted.

“Democratic socialism,” Sanders replied.

“Huge difference,” he continued in his accentuated Vermont-via-Brookyln accent. Sanders is the longest-serving independent in Congress and a self-described democratic socialist.

The senator introduced his character as “Bernie Sanderswitzky.”

“But we're gonna change it when we get to America, so it doesn’t sound quite so Jewish,” he said.

Sanders would be the first Jewish president if elected.

On the trail, Sanders has embraced David’s rendition of him. Ahead of the TV appearance, Sanders’ campaign added a special splash page to BernieSanders.com featuring a picture of Larry David. The fundraising page referenced one of David’s jokes about Sanders’ small-donation, anti-super PAC campaign, asking readers to contribute their “vacuum pennies.”

After David's first appearance as Sanders, when he teased him for his clothes and rough-around-the-edges look, the senator joked with reporters he did in fact own more than one pair of underwear.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  The campaign trail can take presidential candidates to some pretty interesting places.

Along with all of the diners, town halls and colleges these presidential hopefuls visited, they also went to some pretty fun places.

Here’s a virtual tour:

No B.S. Backyard BBQ

Several Republican presidential candidates went to a series of barn parties in Rye hosted by former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown called “No B.S. Backyard BBQ.” In early November, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tweeted the following picture of hot dogs while he was in attendance.

Awesome setting for a no BS BBQ in NH. Thanks for the dogs @SenScottBrown! pic.twitter.com/jcNw4hnZzP

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 3, 2015

Funspot

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stopped at “the largest arcade in the world, founded in 1952” by a man who still works there every day in Laconia, according to Funspot’s website.

Ted Cruz and daughters play a round of mini golf at The Fun Spot in Laconia, NH. #nhpolitics #FITN pic.twitter.com/RJgo0ztNZo

— Kailani Koenig (@kailanikm) October 3, 2015

Target Shooting

Granite State voters met Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore at a target shooting practice in Belmont. Gilmore even gave shooting tips to reporters and the crowd in attendance at the Belmont Firearms and Range.

With Bob Gillespie owner of Belmont Firearms and Range in NH. Giving tips to reporters/crowd. #FITN #nhpolitics pic.twitter.com/1YuVTkcCak

— Jim Gilmore (@gov_gilmore) February 4, 2016

Winery

Hundreds went to see Carly Fiorina speak while also enjoying a glass of wine. Labelle Winery in Amherst hosted the event in early January.

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ABC(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- With the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary just three days away, the leading members of the Republican presidential field gathered on a debate stage in the Granite State Saturday night to draw distinctions between themselves and offer what amounted to closing arguments to voters here.

Moderated by World News Tonight anchor David Muir and This Week co-anchor and ABC's Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, the debate featured heated exchanges among the seven candidates invited to appear: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump.

Here are nine moments that mattered at the debate, hosted by ABC News and partners WMUR, the Independent Journal Review the Republican National Committee and held at Saint Anselm College:

1. Christie Riles Up Rubio

A fiery exchange erupted early in the debate when Christie attacked Rubio, arguing that the Florida senator is too inexperienced to be president.

“That's not leadership. That's truancy,” Christie said, taking a swipe at Rubio’s attendance record in the Senate.

Rubio pushed back, saying that when New Jersey was hit with a snowstorm in January, Christie “didn’t even want to go back.”

“The shame is that you would actually criticize somebody for showing up to work,” Christie said.

2. Trump Says He’ll Save People "Dying On The Street"

If elected, Trump said he would repeal Obamacare and replace it “something so much better.”

Without going into too many specifics, Trump said that his plan would make people “compete” for insurance in the free market -- a move he said would prevent people from lying “on the street dying.”

“We're going to take care of people that are dying on the street,” he pledged. “You're not going to let people die, sitting in the middle of a street in any city in this country.”

3. Carson and Cruz Re-Litigate Iowa Caucuses Controversy

Carson hit Cruz over his campaign’s attempt to suggest that the former neurosurgeon was suspending his campaign on the day of the Iowa caucuses.

“Washington ethics basically says if it's legal, you do what you need to do in order to win,” Carson said. “That's not my ethics. My ethics is, you do what's right.”

On stage, Cruz apologized to Carson, but did not commit to firing the members of his campaign team who took the actions: “When this transpired, I apologized to him then, and I do so now,” Cruz said. “Ben, I'm sorry.”

4. Rubio on Repeat

Rubio drew criticism after using a similar line during the debate again...and again...and again.

"And let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing," Rubio said.

When Rubio started the line again, Christie knocked him for it: “There it is. The memorized 25-second speech.”

But that didn't stop the Florida senator from completing the line a third time: “We are not facing a president that doesn't know what he's doing. He knows what he is doing.”

And a fourth: “I think anyone who believes that Barack Obama isn't doing what he's doing on purpose doesn't understand what we're dealing with here, okay?” Rubio said.

5. Jeb’s Millionaire Moment

Bush said he’d like to have more top earners in response to a question of whether America should tax its richest.

"I’d like to see more millionaires,” Bush said. “I think we need to grow more millionaires. We need to create a prosperity society where people can rise up.”

6. Candidates Discuss Torture

Cruz said he didn’t think waterboarding was considered torture under the law and that he “would not bring it back in any sort of widespread use.”

Trump said he would bring it back and more: “I would bring back waterboarding and I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

Rubio responded: “We should not be discussing in a widespread way the exact tactics that we're going to use, because it allows terrorists and others to practice how to evade us.”

7. Cruz Gets Personal

Responding to a question about what he would do about the problem of drug addiction, Cruz shared the emotional story of his half sister Miriam‘s struggles with drug addiction that ultimately led to her death.

“My father and her mom divorced when she was a little girl and she was angry her whole life,” Cruz said. Cruz went on to describe how his sister became a single mom, went to jail several times and landed in a crack house.

“I still remember my father and me driving up to get Miriam out of that crack house to try to convince her, she needed to be a mom to my nephew, Joey,” Cruz recalled.

8. Bush Confronts His Old Friend

The moderators reminded Bush about a comment he made in 2012, saying at the time that Rubio was “ready to be vice president” and contrasting that with his contention this week that the Florida senator accomplished “nothing in the Senate.”

Bush pointed out that when they were both under consideration for the No. 2 spot by then GOP nominee Mitt Romney, Rubio said the same thing about him.

“I think we were both right at the time and Mitt picked somebody else,” Bush said. “So, let's move onto the 2016 race.”

9. Super Bowl Preview

The debate wouldn’t have been complete without a question about the other competition this weekend: the Super Bowl.

Kasich and Trump were outright for the Carolina Panthers; Christie, for the Denver Broncos.

Bush said he was rooting for Denver because Peyton Manning supported him. Upon hearing Bush’s answer, Rubio flipped his own, saying “Well, I was going for Peyton manning, but now I'm rooting for Carolina.”

Cruz, “with an eye to February 20,” catered his answer to South Carolina’s potential caucus-goers.

And, “with 100% certainty,” Carson predicted that either the Broncos or the Panthers would win tomorrow’s championship game.

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ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Republican presidential candidates squared off in New Hampshire one last time ahead of the primaries, hitting each other on everything ranging from temperament to foreign policy.

The debate, hosted by ABC News, the Independent Journal Review, and WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire included seven presidential hopefuls.

Here are the best lines of the debate so far:

ON DONALD TRUMP’S TEMPERAMENT

DONALD TRUMP: “I think I have the best temperament.”

TED CRUZ: “I am convinced, every individual standing on this stage, would make a much better commander in chief than Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.”

ON BEN CARSON’S "CAMPAIGN BREAK"

TED CRUZ: “I reached him the next day and apologized," Cruz said of his campaign staff sending a note that Carson was "taking time off" from campaigning and “making a big announcement next week.”

"He asked me then, he said, Ted, would you make this apologize in public. I said, yes, I will. And I did so.”

BEN CARSON: “The bottom line is, we can see what happened, everybody can see what happened and you can make your own judgment.”

 

.@tedcruz apologizes to @realBenCarson for sending memo saying he was dropping out of campaign #GOPDebate https://t.co/2Ic4zQd2sC

— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2016

 

ON MARCO RUBIO

“This is what Washington, D.C. does. The drive-by shot at the beginning with incorrect and incomplete information and then the memorized 25-second speech that is exactly what his advisers game him,” Chris Christie said about GOP rival Marco Rubio.

 

.@ChrisChristie to @marcorubio: Being senator "does not prepare you for president of the United States" #GOPDebate https://t.co/0rI1Po7WDA

— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2016

 

He continued, “When the worst natural disaster in your state's history hits you, they expect you to rebuild their state which is what I’ve done. None of that stuff happens on the floor of the United States senate. It's a fine job, I'm glad you ran for it, but it does not prepare you for president of the United States.”

Rubio fired back, “Chris, your state got hit by a massive snowstorm two weeks ago. You didn't even want to go back. They had to shame you into going back.”

Christie interjected, “There it is. There it is. The memorized 25-second speech.”

ON NORTH KOREA

DONALD TRUMP: “I think we have a president who, as a president, is totally incompetent and he doesn't know what he's doing. I think he has no idea what he's doing. And our country is going to hell. So, I just wanted to say, we disagree on that. Is that okay?”

 

.@realDonaldTrump: "Our country is going to hell." #GOPDebate https://t.co/SGMI9a41eC

— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2016

 

ON IMMIGRATION

TED CRUZ: “We’re going to build a wall. We’re going to triple the border patrol. We’re going to increase -- and actually, since Donald enjoyed that, I will simply say, I’ve got somebody in mind to build it.”

“Well, the legislation passed, but it has no support. In essence it couldn't pass in the house, it will never pass in the united States until we secure the border and it is not the way we're going to do when I'm president,” Rubio said when asked if he fought for his gang of eight bill, that would have created a path to citizenship.

Christie argued, “David, I just like you to listen, again, everybody. This is the difference between being a governor who actually has to be responsible for problems and not answering a question. The question was, did he fight for his legislation. It's abundantly clear that he didn't.”

“The fact of the matter is, a leader must fight for what they believe in. Not handicap it, say, maybe because I can't win this one, I'll run. That's not what leadership is. That's what congress is,” The New Jersey governor continued.

ON HEALTH CARE

DONALD TRUMP: “I think everybody on this stage would have to agree, you're not going to let people die, sitting in the middle of a street in any city in this country.” “What should we do on health care? If I'm elected president, we will repeal every word of Obama care,” Cruz quipped.

ON EMINENT DOMAIN

JEB BUSH: “The difference between eminent domain for public purpose, roads and pipelines, that's for public purpose. What Donald Trump did was use eminent domain to try to take the property of an elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City.”

“Jeb wants to be a tough guy tonight. I didn't take the property,” Trump said.

Bush responded, “How tough it is to take property from an elderly woman.”

Trump hit back, “Let me talk. Quiet. A lot of times that's all of his donors and special interests out there. So it's what it is."

ON BEING A CONSERVATIVE

DONALD TRUMP: “I view the word conservative as a derivative of the word "conserve." We want to conserve our money. We want to conserve our wealth. We want to conserve, we want to be smart...We want to conserve our country. We want to save our country.”

ON THE ECONOMY

JEB BUSH: “ I’d like to see more millionaires. I think we need to grow more millionaires we need to create a prosperity society where people can rise up.”

 

.@JebBush: "I'd like to see more millionaires." #GOPDebate https://t.co/YyFaNf7qFh

— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2016

 

ON THE WAR ON ISIS

TED CRUZ: “We should use overwhelming force, kill the enemy, and then get the heck out.”

“I want to say something about this, because I'm not here just to add beauty to the stage,” Carson quipped.

 

.@realDonaldTrump on ISIS: "4 years ago, I said bomb the oil and take the oil... I still say the same." #GOPDebate https://t.co/q34oJluvpk

— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2016

 

ON WATERBOARDING AND ENHANCED INTERROGATION

DONALD TRUMP: “I would bring back waterboarding and I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

MARCO RUBIO: “Guantanamo is being emptied by this president. We should be putting people into Guantanamo, not emptying it out and we shouldn't be releasing these killers who are rejoining the battlefield.”

ON EXECUTIVE ORDERS

TED CRUZ: “I have pledged, on day one, I will rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action Barack Obama has done.”

DONALD TRUMP: “You have to get people in, grab them, hug them, kiss them and get the deal done.”

JOHN KASICH: “ We have to solve problems in America by coming together, Republicans and Democrats, Americans first, party and ideology second.”

ON THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC

 

.@tedcruz on heroin epidemic: "This is an epidemic. We need leadership to solve it." #GOPDebate https://t.co/juLaiM5lcE

— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2016


 

ON THE POLICE

DONALD TRUMP: “The police are absolutely mistreated and misunderstood...the police in this country have done an unbelievable job of keeping law and order.”

 

.@realDonaldTrump: "The police in this country have done an unbelievable job of keeping law and order." #GOPDebate https://t.co/RF01lYrk9D

— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2016

 

ON WOMEN SIGNING UP FOR THE DRAFT

 

.@ChrisChristie on women: "Anything they can dream... they can do. That's the way we raise our daughters" #GOPDebate https://t.co/D7X5FohQmt

— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2016


 

ON VETERANS

BEN CARSON: “You know, 14-percent decrease in the number of people applying for voluntary military service, and I think part of it is because of the way we treat our veterans. You know, we wouldn't be a free country if it wasn't for them.”

 

.@realDonaldTrump: "There's tremendous fraud, waste and abuse in the veterans administration." #GOPDebate https://t.co/8RPHA1voU9

— ABC News (@ABC) February 7, 2016

 

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio met one of his biggest criticisms during the GOP debate on Saturday night again...and again...and again.

"And let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing," Rubio said.

“Let's dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing,” Rubio said a second time.

When Rubio started the line again, Christie pointed out the repeated comments: “There it is. The memorized 25-second speech.”

But that didn't stop the Florida senator from completing the line a third time: “We are not facing a president that doesn't know what he's doing. He knows what he is doing.”

Later on, Trump pushed back at Rubio: “I disagree, respectfully, with Marco,” he said. “I think we have a president who, as a president, is totally incompetent and he doesn't know what he's doing.”

But Rubio wasn't done. He made the statement a fourth time. “I think anyone who believes that Barack Obama isn't doing what he's doing on purpose doesn't understand what we're dealing with here, okay?” Rubio said.

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