Republicans will meet tonight for their first debate since the New Hampshire primary and the final one before voters in South Carolina have their say. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson will step on stage in Greenville, S.C., at around 9 p.m. ET, and you can watch all of the action on the CBS live-stream above.
The GOP campaign has been anything but a cordial affair to date, a dynamic that is expected to continue Saturday. Trump, who proved in New Hampshire that’s he’s not the paper tiger his rivals hoped he was, and Cruz, the only other man on stage with a victory to his name, will continue to draw attacks from their rivals—and trade fire with each other—ahead of next Saturday’s Palmetto State primary, where they’re currently running 1-2 in the polls.
Each of the three party-approved candidates still running, meanwhile, remain desperate to consolidate the establishment support they need to restore order to the nominating process. Kasich will try to build on his second-place showing in New Hampshire, a difficult task given his moderate posture, if not actual policy views. Rubio will do all he can to convince voters that he's a real, live human man. And Bush will do his best to casually name-drop his brother and father in a last-ditch effort to find a strategy that works. (Carson’s no. 1 goal? Actually walking on stage when his name is called this time.)
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