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Analysis: Marco Rubio finally makes move on Donald Trump — but too late?

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Marco Rubio unleashed a campaign’s worth of harsh criticism on Donald Trump in the final Republican debate before Tuesday’s crucial primaries. The problem may be that it took 10 debates and three Trump victories to get Rubio fired up. Rubio, along with most of the other GOP presidential candidates, has treated Trump with kid-gloves for months, tiptoeing around glaring questions about the real estate mogul’s business record, political ideology, brash temperament and ambiguous policy proposals. Only now, with Trump threatening…

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Marco Rubio’s Capitol Hill fundraiser to draw wave of new supporters

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Taking advantage of a surge in popularity after several strong Republican Party debate appearances, Marco Rubio expects to draw a new crop of supporters with a Capitol Hill fundraiser Monday. As reported by Alex Isenstadt of POLITICO, the event invitation names about 70 financial backers for the Florida senator’s presidential campaign — more than half came on board after Rubio’s debate performance in Boulder, supporters say. Originally, the event was to be held at a town house in Washington D.C.,…

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Rivals unmoved by Ben Carson’s complaints on scrutiny of his bio

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Ben Carson says it’s time to move on from questions about the accuracy of his life story. But Tuesday’s Republican debate makes that unlikely, and some of his GOP rivals say such scrutiny is part of running for president. The retired neurosurgeon said Sunday that questions about discrepancies in his autobiography are distractions from “much more important” matters facing the country and that he’d discuss any “real” scandal uncovered about his past. He strongly disputed any dishonesty or wrongdoing. “Every…

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Analysis: Jeb Bush comeback strategy backfires in GOP debate

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Jeb Bush sought to calm anxious donors with a comeback strategy focused on taking down rival Marco Rubio. But Bush’s plan backfired badly on national television in the third GOP presidential debate. Instead of generating much needed momentum, Bush’s attack on his onetime protege raised new questions about his underwhelming candidacy in the primary contest he was once expected to dominate. And Bush’s continued struggles highlight a deepening sense of uncertainty settling over a 2016 Republican presidential race that remains…

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New digital ad shows Marco Rubio getting key intel before GOP debate (it’s not what you think)

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Marco Rubio’s latest Web ad shows the presidential candidate getting some last-minute data on the competition ahead of Wednesday night’s CNBC Republican debate in Boulder, Colorado. In the 75-second spot, the Miami Republican is sitting at his laptop as he places a call for the latest information on “Cruz,” “Carson” and “Bush.” “It’s Marco,” he says. “What’s the latest on Cruz … is he and or is he out … Because I keep seeing reports here about both.” Rubio then…

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Ben Carson enters GOP debate with momentum; Jeb Bush seeks jumpstart

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The Republican candidates for president will gather Wednesday for their third debate amid fresh volatility in an already chaotic race, with Ben Carson surging past Donald Trump in Iowa and one-time front-runner Jeb Bush under pressure to prove he’s still a viable candidate for the GOP nomination. The soft-spoken Carson has been a low-key presence in the first two GOP debates, but the retired neurosurgeon is likely to get more attention from moderators — as well as his fellow candidates…

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