Rubio, Cruz go after Trump in Republican debate

HOUSTON -- Presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz barrelled into Thursday's Republican debate eager to seize one last chance to slow Donald Trump's before next week's Super Tuesday mega-round of voting, and immediately took him on over his immigration positions and more.

See Full Article

In the night's first exchange, Florida Sen. Rubio accused the billionaire businessman of shifting positions on deportation, hiring people from other countries to take jobs from Americans and being fined for worker violations. Joining in, Cruz criticized Trump for suggesting he alone had "discovered the issue of illegal immigration."

Trump shot back at Rubio: "I hired tens of thousands of people. You've hired nobody."

As for Cruz, Trump took a more personal tack, touting his own ability to get along with others and adding: "You get along with nobody. ... You should be ashamed of yourself."

Both Rubio and Cruz said that Trump had had to pay a $1 million fine for illegal immigration hiring.

In the past, the two had shown little willingness to take on the former reality television star when the national spotlight shines brightest. That changed in the ninth Republican debate of the presidential campaign.

Trump may well become the inevitable Republican after the Super Tuesday votes next week in 11 states, with 595 delegates at stake. So far, after four primary and caucus contests, Trump has 82 delegates, Cruz has 17 and Rubio has 16. A candidate must have 1,237 state delegates to win the Republican nomination at the party's convention this summer.

The debate's location in Houston gave a nod to the primacy of Texas in the Super Tuesday round of voting March 1. There are 595 delegates at stake Tuesday in 11 states, including 155 in Texas.

Thursday's debate, with CNN and Telemundo as partners, is the only one of the season steered to a Spanish-speaking as well as English-speaking audience, so immigration could be a closely watched issue.

Democratic Vice-President Joe Biden said during a visit in Mexico on Thursday that some of the campaign rhetoric about Mexico has been "dangerous, damaging and incredibly ill-advised." Biden said the Republican candidates "do not represent the view of the vast majority of the American people."

Trump won Nevada's presidential caucuses on Tuesday with more than 45 per cent of the vote, scoring his third consecutive primary victory in dominant fashion. Rubio edged Cruz for runner-up for the second straight time, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush -- now out of the race -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson far off the pace.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has South Carolina mostly to herself two days before the first-in-the-South primary, and she's using it to capitalize on her advantage over Bernie Sanders with black voters.

Clinton played up her allegiance to President Barack Obama at a rally Thursday and pledged to continue fighting for tougher gun laws -- two arguments that resonate with the African-American voters who wield tremendous influence in Saturday's primary.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, was spending Thursday traversing the Great Lakes region in states that hold early March primaries with much whiter electorates than South Carolina and the Deep South, where Clinton maintains a strong enough lead that could help her establish a clear earned-delegate boost in the coming weeks.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Dad of Hawaii boy who vanished in 1997 is sentenced in death

    World News Toronto Sun
    HONOLULU — The father of a 6-year-old Hawaii boy who disappeared two decades ago was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for manslaughter, fulfilling a deal with prosecutors that required him to reveal the location of his son’s body. Source
  • Brazilians funneled as 'slaves' by U.S. church, ex-members say

    World News CTV News
    SPINDALE, N.C. -- When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders -- for safekeeping, he said he was told. Source
  • Drug overdose suspected in death of Canadian yoga innovator

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA - A Canadian yoga innovator, Buddhist and author has died of a suspected drug overdose after his family said he took street drugs in Victoria. Michael Stone, who offered compassion and collaboration yoga and meditation retreats worldwide, died earlier this month two days after being found unresponsive on July 14. Source
  • Murray Sinclair to probe Thunder Bay police

    Canada News CTV News
    The man who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that condemned Canada's history with residential schools will now oversee a probe into a northwestern Ontario city's police services board as the community grapples with tensions between its police force and Indigenous residents. Source
  • ISIS fighters executed

    World News Toronto Sun
    Eighteen ISIS fanatics discovered karma is, indeed, a bitch. Shocking video emerging from Libya shows the 18 men in orange jumpsuits having their brains blown out in summary executions. The jihadists are shown kneeling as their executioners walk behind them before sending them to oblivion with assault rifle bullets to the head. Source
  • Dark web kingpin loved wild Thailand

    World News Toronto Sun
    The Canadian prince of the dark web who hanged himself in a Thai jail cell was enamoured with the Asian country. Alexandre Cazes, 25, committed suicide July 12 as law enforcement was poised to hammer him for running AlphaBay - an online supermarket for dope, guns and sex. Source
  • Toronto-area man charged with hate crime over alleged online comments

    Canada News CTV News
    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A Toronto-area man has been charged with a hate crime after police allege he made a number of statements against the Muslim community online. Police would not say what the alleged comments were, only that they were made through social media over five months. Source
  • 4 meetings with Russians disclosed by Jared Kushner

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, disclosed in a statement to members of Congress four distinct interactions with Russians during the presidential campaign and transition period. The 11-page statement provides his first detailed account of meetings over the last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States, a Russian lawyer and a Russian banker. Source
  • 14-year-old girl drowns after trying to save dog in Edmonton

    Canada News CTV News
    A 14-year-old girl has died after trying to rescue a dog in a retention pond in north Edmonton, a family friend confirms to CTV News. Khrystna Maksymova was walking the neighbour’s dog with her younger sister before she died, a family friend told CTV Edmonton. Source
  • Pakistan: Suicide bombing in Lahore kills 26, wounds 54

    World News CTV News
    LAHORE, Pakistan -- A suicide bomber struck near a police team in the eastern city of Lahore Monday killing at least 26 and wounding another 54, many of them police officers. An outlawed Taliban faction claimed responsibility. Source