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The Republican debate descended into a series of jibes and jokes on Thursday evening as Donald Trump confronted rumours of his "small hands", showing them to the audience, and also commenting on the size of his genitalia.

However there was less unity during the raucous debate, with Mr Rubio saying the billionaire businessman had "basically mocked everyone" and criticising his businesses for making clothes in China and Mexico, rather than the US. "If there's anyone who deserved to be attacked it's Donald Trump".

Pressed on policy matters, Trump signalled a willingness to deal on any number of issues.

On policy, when moderator Megyn Kelly told Trump his shifts caused some people to question his core, Trump insisted: "I have a very strong core". To the suggestion that he might be small elsewhere, Trump said: "I guarantee you there is no problem". Trump said it was simply business.

This is the 11th debate for the Republican party candidates and Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich are running out of time if they want to take down front-runner Trump.

"And he referred to my hands if they are small, something else must be small".

"I can't act overly presidential because I'm going to have people attacking from every side", he said.

Both won seven primaries of the Democratic and Republican parties as the possibility of a November presidential election showdown between the two seemed likely.

Asked if he would support the Republican nominee if it's not him, Trump said, "Yes I will". The party's most recent nominee strongly criticized Trump in a speech Thursday, calling him a "con man" and a "phony" who is "playing the members of the American public for suckers".

Rubio fired back: "You ask him a question about the economy and the first thing he does is go into the "little guy" thing", Rubio said.

The debate will include Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, as Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Ben Carson have all dropped out.

For months, everyday Americans, pundits, and politicians alike have bemoaned the level of rhetoric the Republican candidates have stooped to in this presidential primary season.

Late Wednesday, more than 70 conservative national security leaders and experts, including former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, published an open letter asserting their opposition to a Trump presidency, calling him "fundamentally dishonest".

Trump fielded attacks from Cruz and Rubio throughout the night.

Trump's bombastic style and often extreme positions have alienated many within the Republican Party.

Despite pushback his proposals have received from some military leaders, Trump stood by his support of targeting terrorists' families and using waterboarding to combat terrorism.

The Detroit debate was one more opportunity for Rubio and Cruz to try to slow Trump's momentum. "Breathe, breathe, breathe. You can do it, breathe, I know it's hard, I know it's hard".

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen.

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