SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) – The eleven GOP presidential candidates discussed a long list of issues including Russia, Iran, immigration and gay marriage in Wednesday night’s prime time Republican debate.
In doing so, they’ve also managed to bicker over Donald Trump and to get in barbs about the billionaire.
Standing at center stage, Trump said he had a “phenomenal temperament” and a record in business that would help him on the world stage.
Jeb Bush said Donald Trump needs to apologize for attacking the background of his wife.
Columba Bush is an American citizen born in Mexico. Trump suggested Bush is too soft toward immigrants because of his marriage. At the second GOP presidential debate, Bush demanded that Trump apologize to her.
Trump said he hears “phenomenal things” about Columba Bush, but wouldn’t apologize. He said his words have been misconstrued and stood by his criticism of Bush for answering some questions from reporters in Spanish. He said people in the United States should speak English.
Bush said he’s showing respect to people who speak both languages. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio jumped in and said it’s important to speak Spanish to communicate with immigrants who may become Republican voters. He recounted stories of his grandfather, a Cuban immigrant whose English was shaky but who idolized Ronald Reagan.