GOP Debate Live Blog: Episode VI – The Donald Trump-Ted Cruz Bare-Knuckle Brawl

By Lisa de Moraes, Erik Pedersen

And then, there were seven. That’s how many survived the poll-results culling of candidates by Fox Business Network for tonight’s sixth GOP primary debate after Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina were banished to the kids table. Paul pouted and is boycotting: “I won’t participate in anything that’s not first tier because we have a first-tier campaign.” It’s a mere 18 days until the Iowa caucuses, and tonight’s episode of what’s become the most popular new series on TV will star Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich.

FBN’s Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo, who moderated the network’s first GOP debate in November, are back for Round 2 from North Charleston, SC. Let the games begin.

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