Fireworks Fly Between Rubio, Trump and Cruz at 10th GOP Presidential Debate, Video Highlights, Feb. 25th, 2016

Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have at one another at the GOP's 10th Presidential Debate on Feb. 25th

Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have at one another at the GOP’s 10th Presidential Debate on Feb. 25th

Houston was the setting for the GOP’s tenth nationally televised presidential debate hosted by CNN and the Spanish-language network Telemundo. This debate came just five days prior to the all-important 11-state Super Tuesday primaries on March 1st. Florida Senator Marco Rubio took his gloves off for a bare-knuckled brawl with front runner Donald Trump who also had to fend off attacks in stereo from Texas Senator Ted Cruz as well. Cruz and Rubio made debunking Trump’s authenticity as a believer in Republican and Conservative principles the keystone of their debate posture along with pressing Trump for details on how he would accomplish his stated goals and campaign promises. CNN host Wolf Blitzer had a hard time maintaining decorum amidst the fray. For Rubio it marked a signal shift from attacking Cruz to attacking Trump as it has become imperative that Rubio win some states on Super Tuesday and his home state of Florida on March 15th if he’s to dethrone Trump and remain in the race.

Ohio Governor John Kasich and retired surgeon Dr. Ben Carson were also on the debate but it often seemed they were an afterthought. Given their electoral results in the first four primary and caucus states it is anyone’s guess if their campaigns would survive Super Tuesday and it almost seemed as if Carson in particular was pained by being at the debate. His mellow energy was even more subdued than usual while Kasich was highly passionate about defending the Republican “Establishment” approach of Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr. Here are debate highlights below:

Rubio and Trump Spar Over Healthcare

Rubio Attacks Trump Over Hiring Foreign Workers

Telemundo Question: 3 Out of 4 Hispanics Dislike Trump

Trump on Why He Won’t Release His Tax Returns

Rubio to Trump: The Israel-Palestinian Conflict isn’t a Real Estate Deal

Trump Calls Cruz a “Basket Case” During Debate

7 Minutes of Debate Highlights:

Full Debate Video: