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come as new national polls show ted cruz edging ahead of donald trump by a two point margin. trump holding a commanding lead in the next two states. nevada and south carolina. scene of the back-to-back town halls. chief political analyst gloria borger is there. >> reporter: christine and miguel, republican candidates try to take a break from the heat of the campaign last night here in greenville, south carolina. some of them like marco rubio actually succeeded when he tried to present himself as the unifier in the republican party. >> my promise to you if i'm the nominee, i'm not just going to unify the republican party. i'm going to grow it. we will take our message to the people. >> reporter: it was not all sweet. rubio doubled down on his charges against cruz as being a liar. >> i said he has been lying because if you say something that isn't true and say it over and over and know it is not
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true. there is no other word for it. when it is about your record and you don't clear it up and you don't, it must be true. he has done that a number of times. we saw what he did in iowa with dr. carson. we saw the fake facebook post who the member is no longer endorsing me. >> reporter: and cruz could not resist taking on donald trump one more time. >> it is the most ridiculous theory i ever heard. telling the voters what donald trump's actual record is is deceitful and lying. i held a press conference where i read his letter to everyone. i invited mr. trump. i said donald, file this lawsuit. >> reporter: then there was a lighter side of the candidates. >> what do you do to relax? >> play pool. >> play pool? >> i love to play pool. >> are you competitive when you play pool? >> i like to win.
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>> i actually grew up listening to '90s hip hop. i really liked. it in the last few years, you have the electronic dee jays that are taking electronic music and overlaying it with tracks from country music. the lyrics are clean and the beats are fun. >> i actually don't sing musicals. i will sing things like. ♪ oh my darling, oh, my darling, heidi-tine ♪ which is really corny. i used to do it and put it on speaker phone in her office and embarrass her. or ♪ i just called to say i love you i just called to say i care ♪ i cannot sing to save my life. >> reporter: tonight, jeb bush, donald trump and john kasich take the stage with anderson cooper. back to you. >> gloria, thank you.
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and we learned marco rubio is color blind. >> he likes edm and rap. cruz sings "oh, my darling." >> there is real policy substance. that is the beauty of the town halls. we are joined by political analyst josh rogin. i want to start with ted cruz and this nbc news poll. the first poll of the entire season that puts him ahead of donald trump. miguel keeps making the point. it is the leap since january. since combative performance in the last gop debate that was last weekend. listen to what ted cruz said about the poll. >> you mentioned the new poll today that has us in first place nationwide. the first time donald trump has not been in first place in many
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months. i think this is an important reason why. that people were looking at that stage and saying who do i know beyond a shadow of a doubt would nominate to fight and confirm jurists to defend the constitution. >> does that mean when trump supporters falter, does that mean cruz excels? what do you see in that poll? >> i think what we're seeing in the polls, the polls were largely based on unclear data for a long time. now the voters are seeing the momentum that cruz has built. he won in iowa. he beat expectations in new hampshire. he still looks to be behind trump in south carolina. what we're seeing really is a realization among the republican electorate that the cruz campaign is for real. they have a ground game. they have money. they have operations in lots of
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states. over time that has been cruz's strategy all along. that strategy would eventually result in the national support you are seeing. whether or not that leads to a win in south carolina is less certain. what you have in the trump polls is volatility. trump goes up. trump goes down. some states he is popular. cruz has really pursued a slow and steady wins the race strategy here. if that poll is any indication or trends are any indication, that strategy is paying off. >> cruz going after trump on conservative credentials. carson also in that nbc/wall street journal poll bests trump for voters preference for president. it was rubio, cruz and carson over trump as to who they would vote for president. here was mr. carson last night talking about the number of attacks going in this race. >> the key is not so much the
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volume with which you speak, but the content of what you say. that's what's going to make the difference. and i think the american people are smart enough to be able to understand bluster and rhetoric versus truth. >> which is always a nice sentiment, but in south carolina, that doesn't go down well. cruz has really big ads to take on donald trump that appear to be working. >> i would say south carolina unlike iowa and new hampshire before it is a state where door-to-door retail politics is less significant and tv media and public media is more significant. this is a state where the ads make a difference. i think all of the campaigns are responding to that. ben carson, because he is not winning on that plane, tries to make the argument that is not really important. i think what we're seeing here is carson numbers are going down
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and the -- i'm sorry, the cruz numbers are going up. that speaks to the success of the cruz strategy and challenges carson's assumptions. >> let's talk about the accusations of being a liar. i have to make a spread sheet or flow chart for who accuses whom of being a liar. the liar name has been flying all around. donald trump using it against ted cruz. you know, argued about the immigration strategy and support for planned parenthood. you name it. let's listen to ted cruz about the liar, liar pants on fire campaign. >> this is a strange election season. in many ways. both donald trump and marco rubio are following this pattern that whenever anyone points to their actual record to what they saved, to what they voted on and what they have done, they start screaming liar, liar. i can't think of any precedent
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in any previous republican presidential election. from my end, i have not and will not respond in kind. if they want to engage in personal insults, if they want to go to the mud, i will not say the same thing about them. >> what do you think? do you think it's working? just telling voters someone is lying? or is it hurting donald trump? >> right now it seems to be hurting donald trump. i think that ted cruz has done well in responding to trump's cease and desist letter. it ultimately is the charge for slander. donald trump was pro-choice before pro life. he expressed support for programs in planned parenthood. donald trump says that george w. bush was partially responsible for the attacks of 9/11. on the facts, cruz has got him. what the trump and rubio campaigns are trying to do, they
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are trying to sort of change the narrative by pinning cruz as a liar and his controversial tactics. this is something that cruz has trump on the merits. among the republican primary electorate. accusing george w. bush for 9/11 is not a popular way to go. it is probably what trump believes, but not scoring him a lot of points, especially in south carolina. >> i was shocked when he brought that up on saturday night. i wasn't sure what he was doing. trump in his way, ran his own town hall or own discussion on competing network last night at the same time where he talked about the name calling. >> in a year from now, people will respect what i did. i had lindsey graham at 7%. now he left the race. now he is an angry person on television. he is like an insane person.
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our country doesn't win anymore. we are so worried about being nice and politically correct. would you like me to be nice to everybody and instead of all those people still in still hammering me? >> i don't think trump is spending a lot on commercials and advertisements going after the other candidates in south carolina. what do you expect out of him tonight? >> more of the same. trump here and his strategy is earned media. we talk about insults and broad statements and attacks. that's trump's wheel house. that's where he plays the best. when you get into specific policies and details of the libya intervention, that is where rubio and cruz have advantage. they are steeped in the details here. it is to trump's advantage to keep the war of words going. it feeds into his playbook. there's no reason for him to veer off that. when he's pressed and he will be pressed tonight because he will have the open format where he has to answer for minutes on end
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in response to voters. that will be a challenge for trump. when he is pushed to go past his normal talking points and get into the specifics of his plans, that's where he often stumbles. if you are on the trump campaign, all of the liar, liar pants on fire, is not necessarily a bad thing. >> you have one more debate or town hall to go. that's tonight. you only have about 24 more hours to stay up, josh rogin. >> i'll sleep after the election. >> you have two hours to sleep. three candidates down. three to go. one more cnn republican town hall live from south carolina. john kasich, jeb bush and donald trump will answer directly to voters. coverage begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. only right here on cnn. >> i like the format. apple refusing to help the government unlike the iphone. the iphone of the san bernardino terrorists. the presidential campaigns
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apple is fighting a court order requiring it to give the fbi access to encrypted data of the iphone of the gunman syed rizwan farook. apple's ceo tim cook calls it a threat to the apple customers. we get more from evan perez. >> reporter: christine and miguel, the battle lines are drawn. one of the most important battles over privacy and national security. in the coming days, apple plans to appeal a court order to require it to help the fbi break into the iphone carried by one of the terrorists that killed 14 people in san bernardino. tim cook says the government wants the company to build a back door in the operating system. he says the government is asking us to hack our users and undermine decades of security.
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the obama administration says that the court order applies to this one phone and they say all apple has to do is help the fbi get around a security feature that destroys data if someone enters the pass code incorrectly ten times. white house press secretary josh earnest defended the fbi's position. >> the case doesn't require apple to change their or redesign their software or create a new back door. there's a specific request of the department of justice. and a judge agreed with them. >> reporter: you can see why the justice department chose this case to fight this issue. we're talking about a terrorist attack that killed 14 people. the phone is owned by his employer, the county government which has given consent to the fbi. the terrorist is dead. all of this could help the government's case as the fight goes through the courts. christine and miguel. >> thanks for that. apple at the center of the fight. the fight over your privacy and national security.
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what do the three candidates say last night on the cnn town hall? all three sided with the government. >> law enforcement has the better argument. this concerns the phone of one of the san bernardino hackers. for law enforcement to get a search order. >> apple needs to sit down with trust worthy members. >> i do know this. it will take a partnership with the technology industry and government to solve this. >> and the ceo for google wrote several tweets. he says important posts by tim cook. talking about a tim cook post to customers and to fbi about this saying this is unprecedented and invasion of privacy. this is what the google ceo said. forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise privacy. law enforcement faces big
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challenges for the public. the ex-nsa contractor edward snowden defended apple yesterday. the fbi creating a world where citizens rely on apple to defend their rights rather than the other way around. when you listen to people concerned about terrorism, people concerned about what has been up until now, law enforcement's inability to find people obsessed with isis before they do something wrong, they wonder why can't apple just help more? why in this one case? tim cook says it doesn't work that way. >> it can't. down goes pacquiao. the former world champion boxer gets dropped by nike after the anti-gay remarks and andy scholes has the bleacher report. there he is. see you in a second, andy. wear tnamel.
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duke and north carolina renewing their rivalry in chapel hill last night. this was a great finish. >> andy scholes has more in the bleacher report. hello, andy. >> good morning. duke and unc played epic games over the years. this was another classic. roy williams' tar heels ranked fifth. duke ranked 20th. blue devils were down 20 in the second half. and he gets the and one. alan cruz, no relation to ted cruz, although he looks exactly like him. north carolina had one last
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republicans running for president on the cnn town hall stage. ted cruz, marco rubio and ben carson taking tough questions from south carolina voters. we are breaking down the big moments. welcome back to "early start." i'm miguel marquez. >> great to have you on board. i'm christine romans. 31 minutes past the hour. breaking overnight. republican candidates making their cases in the cnn viewers town hall events. both of them come as a national poll shows ted cruz edging ahead of donald trump by a two-point margin. trump still holding a commanding lead in the next two states to vote. in nevada and south carolina. scene of the back-to-back town halls. chief political analyst gloria
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borger has the latest. >> reporter: christine and miguel, republican candidates tried to take a break from the heat of the campaign last night here in greenville, south carolina. some like marco rubio actually succeeded when he tried to present himself as the unifier in the republican party. >> my promise to you if i'm the nominee, i'm not just going to unify the republican party. i'm going to grow it. we will take our message to people who have not voted for republicans in a long time. >> reporter: it wasn't all sweetness. rubio doubled down on his charges against cruz as being a liar. >> i said he has been lying because if you say something that isn't true and say it over and over and know it is not true, there is no other word for it. when it is about your record, you have to clear it up. when you don't, it must be true because you didn't dispute it. we saw what he did to dr. carson in iowa, which was wrong. and trey gowdy. someone came up with a fake
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facebook post saying he was no longer endorsing me. these need to be addressed. >> reporter: and cruz could not resist taking on donald trump one more time. >> it is the most ridiculous theory i ever heard. telling the voters what donald trump's actual record is is deceitful and lying. what i said this morning, i read his letter to everyone. i invited mr. trump. i said, please, donald, file this lawsuit. >> reporter: and then there was the lighter side of the candidates. >> what do you do to relax? >> play pool. >> play pool? >> do you like to play pool? >> i like to win. >> i listen to the '90s hip hop. you have the electronic dee jays taking the overlays of country music. the lyrics are clean and the
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beats are fun. >> i actually don't sing musicals. i sing things like ♪ oh, my darling oh, my darling heidi-tine ♪ which is really corny. i used to do it when she put it on speaker phone in her office and embarrass her or ♪ i just called to say i love you ♪ ♪ i just called to say i care >> i cannot sing to save my life. >> reporter: tonight, jeb bush, donald trump and john kasich take the stage with anderson cooper. back to you. >> thanks, gloria. >> wow! interesting night. very revealing. to assess all the revolutions of last night's gop town hall, we are joined by cnn political analyst josh rogin in our bureau in washington. thanks for being with us. that poll, that nbc/wall street
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journal poll, puts cruz up by two points. if you look at the last one they took, trump was 13 points ahead of cruz in that last poll. the race in south carolina as always has become down and dirty. here's the attacks that all of the candidates have been taking on trump seem to be working. >> four days ago on the debate stage, donald trump explained how much wonderful things he thought planned parenthood does. nobody who is actually pro life could stand up on national stage and sing the praises of planned parenthood as wonderful. >> it seems this sustained attack on trump's credentials as a conservative is working. >> a lot of people are looking for the tipping point. when does the popular
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fascination with donald trump turn on him and turn into real unhappiness? that hasn't happened yet. trump is still ahead in the south carolina poll. you still have to say he is favorite going into saturday's vote. nationally, things are not looking all rosy for the donald trump campaign. when you are the frontrunner, everyone is attacking you. the conglomerates can really start to have an effect. that won't have an effect soon enough for ted cruz in south carolina. as we go forward, into the weeks and months ahead, those chipping away of the national numbers could make a difference. >> let's throw up the numbers again. in south carolina, where the bush family has a long political history, jeb bush managed to get 10%. he moved up a few points. you can see he is up 10% now from 6%. he picked up four points. marco rubio picked up five.
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marco rubio continues to keep polling in here. marco rubio also gott the endorsement of nicki haley. he talked last night about race. something you heard more about the democratic race. not among the republicans. listen to what he said about race. >> i personally know someone who happens to be a police officer and a young african-american male. who told me he has been pulled over seven times in the last few years and never gets a ticket. what is he supposed to think? here is the bottom line. whether you agree with him or not, i happen to see this happen, whether you agree with him or not, if the significant percentage of the american family believes they are targeted, we have to believe them. >> does this help him in south carolina? is he looking forward to a general election? what's he doing? >> i don't think this necessarily helps him in the
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south carolina primary. it helps establish his narrative and his case for being president. marco rubio's narrative is based on the contention he can grow the party, which has been narrowing. he matches up best against hillary clinton demographically. you will see him reinforce that. it is a chance for him to hum humanize himself. we are learning about marco rubio's bounced check. he has student loans. he is trying to relate to as many people as possible. so that when people go to the polls, they can say i feel that guy understands me. that is the advantage marco rubio has over jeb bush and donald trump who have experiences in life that not everybody can relate to. >> as we start to separate the wheat from the political chaff, once we get past south carolina, it will be clearer.
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certainly for jeb bush. that a seems to be the big question mark out there. will any of the other votes move to trump or is it really rubio and cruz that are looking to pick up the votes of those candidates that drop out? >> right. we're still looking at three tickets coming out of the weekend's events. one will go to trump, one will go to cruz and one to the establishment lane candidate. jeb bush has enough money to stay in. if he doesn't come in third or very close to third, he will face a lot of pressure from the establishment donors and the party to step aside and let marco rubio assume the establishment lane. those numbers in the latest poll. 4% nationally. that's not a good look for the jeb bush campaign. if they don't beat expectations, come close or beat rubio, they will be in bad shape. >> jeb bush invited his mother to the town hall. >> he is running out of
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relatives. >> thank you very much, josh, "the machine" rogin. >> let's do it tomorrow. >> one more cnn town hall event tonight from south carolina. john kasich, jeb bush and donald trump will answer directly to voters. coverage begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. only on cnn. a republican heavyweight speaking out in favor of president obama getting the chance to name antonin scalia's replacement on the supreme court. sandra day o'connor says we need somebody in there to do the job and get on with it. many are slamming the president's decision not to attend the funeral on saturday. the white house is not giving a reason for the decision, but says the obamas will pay respects as scalia lies in repose tomorrow. happening today, the white house will officially announce the plan to visit cuba. this comes as the u.s. rebuilds
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new support overnight for both sides in apple's fight against the court order to require it to help the fbi gain access to the terrorist's
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iphone. the judge says apple must help law enforcement bypass the password on the san bernardino gunman syed rizwan farook's phone. all three republican candidates at cnn town hall said apple should cooperate. google's ceo tweeted his support for tim cook. saying the court order sets a troubling precedent. new this morning, the justice department revealing it only wants apple's help disabling a non encryption function to lock the terrorist's phone after ten failed tempts to enter a password. we get more from cnn justice reporter evan perez. >> reporter: christine and miguel, the battle lines are drawn with the justice department and apple. one of the big issues of privacy. apple plans to appeal a court order to help the fbi break into the iphone which was carried by a terrorist in san bernardino in
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december. ceo tim cook says the fbi wants the company to build a back door in the operating system. cook says quote the government is asking apple to hack our users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers. the obama administration says this applies to this one phone and all apple has to do is help the fbi get around a security feature that destroys data if someone enters the pass code incorrectly ten times. josh earnest defended the fbi position. >> this case doesn't require apple to change their or redesign software or create a new back door. this is a specific request of the department of justice. and the judge agreed with them. >> reporter: you can see why the justice department chose this case to fight this issue. we're talking about a terrorist attack that killed 14 people. the phone is owned by his
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employer, the county government, which has given consent to the fbi. the terrorist is dead. all of this could help the government's case as this fight goes through the courts. christine and miguel. >> thank you, evan. health secretary travels to flint, michigan today for the first hand look at the water crisis. governor rick snyder is under pressure to take quick action and giving engineers a month to look at the pipes that have been leeching dangerous lead into the water. the mayor of flint announced the city will replace water pipes next week. let's look at what is coming up on "new day" with michaela pereira. hello, love. how are you? >> you don't call me love. >> hug it out. i'll tell you what is coming up on "new day." carson, cruz and rubio getting down and dirty in the first of two republican town halls here on cnn.
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policy and their personal lives seemingly all fair game. two days ahead of south carolina's primary. now the governor of that state of south carolina offering a big endorsement. will it tip the scales on saturday? you will hear from a top trump advisor when he takes the stage tonight. we are watching a battle with apple and the fbi over the cell phone data or the cell phone access of the san bernardino terrorist. would helping unlock one cell phone set a terrible precedent apple warns of? we will explore that today. >> we have been talking about this. every break, we look and say how can you -- you want to understand the technology of it. >> i don't pay attention because i'm on my phone. >> nice to see you, michaela. oil cutting the dow losses in half for the year. i'll tell you why when we get an early start on your money next.
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breaking news. kurdish forces denying accusations they are responsible for a deadly explosion in the turkey capital city. 30 people were killed and dozens wounded after a military convoy hit near the parliament building. we have senior correspondent arwa damon joining us from ankara with the details. the fact that the kurdish claim they did not do it underscores how torn turkey is about the strike in syria. >> reporter: exactly. also just how potentially volatile this situation really is. this attack happening down the street behind us as that military convoy carrying servicemen and others was waiting at a stop light.
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turkey saying it has detained around 14 people at this stage. they were part of some network. they are saying that the person directly responsible for the attack was a syrian national. a member of the ypg. that is the kurdish fighting force in syria that is america's main ally when it comes to their efforts in the fight against isis. it is also an entity that turkey has long considered to be a terrorist organization directly linked to the separatist group the pkk that turkey has been battling within its own soil. now the ypg itself as well as the political branch have come out and said they are not responsible for this and they believe that turkey is just looking for an excuse to try to invade syria and take over kurdish lands. turkey has been wanting to see a buffer zone set up in syria and launching artillery strikes to prevent the ypg advances. this is one battle field and
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they do not differ between those those are fighting in turkey and syria. even if the ones in syria is a key american ally. you can consider the ramifications of all this. >> all of this against the back drop of the cessation of hostilities. arwa damon, thank you. let's get an early start on your money. the terrible losses in stocks this year cut in half in three days. dow futures higher after the first three-day rally over oil and minutes from the federal reserve showing concern about the global market chaos which could lead the fed to hold back interest rates. tokyo closed higher. let's talk about oil. all of this depends on oil. when oil rises, so do stocks. oil roared higher when two big opec players said they would freeze production. the newest oil player, iran, may not play ball.
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the iranian oil minister said they would cap production at january levels and that news sent oil surging this week and helped the stock market. it doesn't mean iran will do it too. after years on the sidelines, iran wants as much oil in the marketplace to make money and gain market share. that works against the oil market and opec which is dealing with too much supply and very low prices. a very big three-day rally. a lot hinges on what happened in oil. also about recession fears fading? republicans running for president answering questions from the voters on the cnn town hall stage. "new day" starts right now. >> if you say something that isn't true, there is no other word for it. >> whenever anyone points to their actual record, they start screaming liar, liar, liar.
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>> the american people are smart enough to understand the bluster and rhetoric. >> i wish the government would read the constitution. >> i will work harder than anyone. >> the american people are not going to give up. >> i am a progressive who believes in making progress. >> enough is enough. >> i won't make promises i can't keep. a deadly a deadly explosion in turkey. >> the turkish government is blaming a key ally. good morning. welcome to your "new day." >> alison is off and jb is over here and we have a lot of news this morning. two days to go until the south carolina republican primary. candidates explaining their
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positions, two voters at cnn's town hall. frontrunner, donald trump, he was not on the stage, and he will be there tonight. >> getting nastier and more negative. cruz daring trump to sue him over his abortion ad and vowing to run it your frequently. we begin our coverage with athena jones who is live in columbia, south carolina, with more for us, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, michaela. the rhetoric in this case getting more with each passing day. three out of six republican candidates sitting down for an in depth cnn town hall. the night's hot topic, the truth and who is telling it. crrco rubio says it's not ted

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