2nd GOP debate wide-ranging and free-wheeling

(CBS NEWS) – “Entertaining TV.”

That’s one description of the second Republican presidential debate last night.

11 candidates took the stage and the focus ranges from politics to even physical appearance.

The eleven candidates with the highest poll numbers took the stage for the second prime time Republican debate. The first topic – frontrunner Donald Trump.

“I think his visceral response to attack people in their appearance – short, tall, fat, ugly… My goodness, that happened in junior high. Are we not way above that?,” asked Rand Paul.

“I never attacked him on his look, and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there,” responded Trump.

Jeb Bush criticized Trump’s plan for immigration reform. “Are we going to take the hopeful, optimistic approach, the approach that says ‘you come to our country legally, you pursue your dreams with a vengeance, you create opportunities for all of us? Or the Donald Trump approach that says everything is bad?”

Retired neurosugeon Ben Carson, who’s number two in the polls, said he can’t be bought. “I in no way am willing to get into bed with special interest groups or lick the boots of billionaires.”

This was businesswoman Carly Fiorina’s first prime time debate. She called on Republicans to submit a budget defunding planned parenthood, despite a veto threat. “This is about the character of our nation, and if we do not stand up and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us.”

The candidates will face off again next month.

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