Rubio wilts, Trump strong in Republican debate

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) jokes with fellow candidate Marco Rubio(R) during a break in the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in Manchester, New HampshireSurging Republican hopeful Marco Rubio wilted under sustained attack in the latest US presidential debate, denting his stature going into Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary dominated by frontrunner Donald Trump. The telegenic, 44-year-old Florida senator — who polls suggest has the best change of winning the White House for the Republicans — was savaged by his rivals late Saturday for his lack of experience, floundering on a debate stage where he often shines. A strong showing in New Hampshire would confirm Rubio as the establishment candidate-of-choice for the nomination after his strong third-place finish in Iowa, behind Trump and evangelical US senator Ted Cruz.

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