Greenville hosts GOP Presidential Debate

The debate is airing live on 7News or streaming on CBSN:

10:00pm – Trump and Bush have taken off the gloves at tonight’s debate going back and forth on the actions of former President George W. Bush.

9:10pm – Candidates are being asked about whether the current President should appoint a new Supreme Court Justice.

9:02pm – The debate begins with a moment of silence for Justice Scalia.

A smaller group of Republican presidential candidate will meet for the last debate before the South Carolina Republican primary.

The showdown will be held on Saturday night in Greenville, South Carolina and the six candidates are trying to get your vote.

The Republican candidates who will be on stage tonight are Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, and John Kasich. Each candidate had to finish in the top 5 of the New Hampshire, the top 3 in Iowa, or had to be in the top 5 in the South Carolina polls.

Ben Carson in the spin room in Greenville
Ben Carson in the spin room in Greenville

Marco Rubio enters Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate facing immense pressure to right his campaign. He faltered badly in the last contest and finished a disappointing fifth in New Hampshire.

Rubio’s stumble has re-energized some of his rivals as the race heads to the South and reignited questions about whether the 44-year-old first-term senator has the experience to be president. He’s sought to shed some of his reliance on well-rehearsed talking points in recent days, and the debate will be a prime test of whether he can rebound.

Before tonight’s debate begins, Trump is already throwing jabs and threatening to sue Texas Senator Cruz.

Yesterday, Trump tweeted:

Trump is also angry about TV ads running ahead of next week’s primary.

(The Associated Press Contributed to this article)

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