GOP hopefuls take the stage for early debate

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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has defended his attacks on Donald Trump. Speaking at the first of the two GOP presidential debates tonight, Jindal said Trump will “implode” and that if he does wind up being elected, there is no telling what he would do.

Former New York Gov. George Pataki says Trump is “unfit” to be the party’s nominee. But former Sen. Rick Santorum says “personal attacks” help one person, Hillary Clinton. Also taking part in the bottom-tier event is South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

The main event includes 10 men and one woman – business executive Carly Fiorina – arrayed shoulder-to-shoulder. At center, front-runner Donald Trump. On either side: retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The others will be arrayed outward, with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the ends.

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