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Republicans Trade Insults at Latest Debate


Republican presidential candidates, businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, argue a point during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Republican presidential candidates, businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, argue a point during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016.


Candidates traded insults, yelling, screaming, interrupting and mean talk at the latest Republican Party debate.

The debate, on Thursday evening in Detroit, was filled with yelling and personal insults.

Party front-runner Donald Trump debated with Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

The candidates questioned the other candidates’ manhood. Trump called Rubio, “little Marco.” Rubio earlier in the week said Trump had small hands.

New York businessman Trump called Cruz “lying Ted.” Rubio looked at Trump and told him he mocks everybody. Trump returned an insult by calling Rubio, a “lightweight” and “a real con artist.”

Cruz and Rubio took the verbal fight to Trump. Cruz accused Trump of being “someone who has used government power for private gain.” Rubio said Trump is “trying to con people into giving him their vote.”

Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and businessman Donald Trump argue during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and businessman Donald Trump argue during a Republican presidential primary debate at Fox Theatre, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Cruz belittled Trump, saying: “I think that the American people understand that yelling and cursing at people doesn’t make you a tough guy.”

Kasich was low-key and stayed out of the verbal fight. He is trailing by a large margin in the polls.

“I have never tried to go and get into these kinds of scrums that we are seeing here,” Kasich said. “People say, wherever I go, ‘You seem to be the adult on stage.’ ”

I’m Kathleen Struck.

William Gallo reported on this story for VOANews.com. Jim Dresbach adapted the report for Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.

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Words in This Story

Republican Partyn. one of the two major U.S. political parties

front-runnern. the person or thing that is most likely to win a race or competition

yellingv. to say something very loudly especially because you are angry, surprised or trying to get someone's attention

interrupting - v. stopping the progress of an activity

mockv. to laugh at or make fun of someone or something especially by copying an action or a way of behaving or speaking

lightweightn. someone or something that has little importance or power

con artistn. a person who tricks other people in order to get their money

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