Trump, Cruz drop gloves in US Republican debate

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump (L) and Senator Ted Cruz held an extended back-and-forth over conservative values and Trump's allegation Cruz, who was born in Canada, might be legally blocked from becoming presidentWith the first vote of America’s 2016 election two weeks away, Republican presidential frontrunners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz dispensed with months of niceties and locked horns in a primetime debate. After months of chaotic campaigning that saw a dozen long-shot candidates vie for attention, the debate in South Carolina brought the race to become the Republican presidential nominee into sharper focus. Trump and Cruz, who lead the polls in Iowa — which on February 1 will become the first state in the country to vote for the nominee — at times seemed to ignore the rest of the field as they traded blows.

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