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Tim Donnelly

Republicans wonder: How do you debate Donald Trump?

Republicans wonder: How do you debate Donald Trump?

He’s labeled Republican challengers lightweights and stiffs, and alludes to them as incompetent and stupid. When they question his incendiary campaign rhetoric, they often become the center of his attacks. As Republican presidential candidates prepare to gather in Cleveland on Thursday for the first debate of the 2016 election, a perplexing question confronts them: How do you deal with Donald Trump? Engage the current front-runner in the crowded GOP field and give the appearance of challenging someone whose seriousness as a candidate has been questioned. You also risk offending his fans who may eventually be up for grabs as potential supporters. Remain silent during a rant from...

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