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Fox Starts Debate with Question on Absent Trump

Even though Donald Trump wasn’t attending last night’s debate, that didn’t stop moderators from asking the other Republican candidates questions about him.

Ted Cruz tried his best to mimic Trump, but he failed in his efforts.

“I am a maniac,” Cruz said. “And everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly.”

“And Ben,” the Texas senator added, referring to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, “you’re a terrible surgeon.”

“Now that we’ve got the Donald Trump portion out of the way,” Cruz joked, he wanted to thank the people of Iowa for showing him and his family great hospitality over the last year.”

The Hill reports:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) followed Cruz with a comment about how the debate and the race for the White House was about more than Trump.

“It’s not about Donald Trump, he’s an entertaining guy. This campaign is about a president who has systematically destroyed much of the things that make this country great,” he said, referring to President Obama.

Trump is holding a separate event for wounded veterans a few miles away from the debate site in Des Moines.

Fox News admitted earlier on Thursday that it was prepared with an extra podium should the real estate mogul show up unexpectedly during the debate, but the billionaire shut down the idea, saying it was too late and that Fox News had been begging him to reconsider.

Trump said Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has called him every 15 minutes and he’s spoken with Ailes, according to The Washington Post.

“The time to change my mind would have been two days ago,” he said.

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