GOP candidates take part in Town Hall conversation

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Jim Dolan has the story. (Charles Rex Arbogast)

The final three Republican candidates for president were together again Tuesday night, but all three spoke separately.

There were sharp contrasts among the candidates; Senator Ted Cruz saying police should patrol and conduct surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods, Gov. John Kasich saying that idea was unconstitutional and counterproductive.

But as always, in these affairs, it was Donald Trump and his fiery rhetoric and his dominance of the campaign who drew the most attention.

The three candidates appeared separately in Wisconsin Tuesday night, for what was described as a town hall meeting.

The candidates took questions from audience members and host Anderson Cooper.

All three candidates spent a lot of time on one subject.

"I think nominating Donald Trump would be an absolute train wreck. I think it would hand the general election to Hillary Clinton," said Sen. Ted Cruz, (R) Presidential Candidate.

"If name calling, bringing in spouses, and ripping each other below the belt, and wrestling in the mud is our new politics we all need to stand against it, our children are watching," said Gov. John Kasich, (R) Presidential Candidate.

"I've been treated very unfairly, basically by the RNC," said Donald Trump, (R) Presidential Candidate.

Mr. Trump was asked about Corey Lewandowsky, his campaign manager who was arrested for a misdemeanor this week for an incident at a campaign rally in Florida.

Trump said he will stand by Lewandowsky even if there is a political cost.

"I'd have loved to have fired him. It would have been much easier than talking to you all night about this," Trump

Cooper asked Sen. Cruz if it was his campaign manager, would he have fired him.

"Of course," Cruz said.

Gov. Kasich said he would fire Lewandowsky as well. Trump, as always, was the most entertaining of the candidates.

"When was the last time you apologized for something?" Cooper asked.

"Oh uh...," Trump said.

But Cruz showed more personality than he usually has, and acknowledged the campaign had often gotten off message.

"What I'm not interested in doing is what Donald's pattern has been, it's going to the gutter, attacking family members, none of that has any place in politics," Cruz said.

Mr. Trump was asked what the three top priorities of the federal government should be and he said security, education, and health care. But most Republicans oppose national health care and some want to eliminate the Department of Education.

Perhaps most surprisingly, he did not mention managing the economy.
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