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Republicans Train Their Fire on Hillary Clinton at Iowa Debate

January 29, 2016, 3:28 AM UTC

Candidates at the Republican debate Thursday could agree on one thing: that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton was a ripe target for repeated attacks.

Without GOP front-runner Donald Trump there to fling insults — or be insulted in turn — the remaining candidates turned their attentions to the former Secretary of State as the biggest obstacle to the Republican Party’s chances of winning the presidency in November.

Rubio quickly connected the former Secretary of State with President Obama, after Clinton proposed earlier in the week that Obama might make a good Supreme Court Justice. “Supreme Court? I don’t think so,” Rubio said. “If I’m our nominee, I will unite this party and we’ll defeat Hillary Clinton and we will turn this country around once and for all, after seven years of the disaster that is Barack Obama.”

Shortly after, Bush alluded to Clinton’s email scandal in the punchline of a joke.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie favorably compared himself to Clinton in terms of executive experience. “Hillary Clinton has never been responsible for those kind of decisions where they were held accountable,” Christie said. “I’ve been held accountable for six years as the governor of New Jersey and with a Democratic legislature, I’ve gotten conservative things done. That’s exactly what I’ll do as president of the United States.”

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