Transcript for GOP Debate Coverage Recap
Good evening, it's great to have you with us on a Friday night. We begin with the new Numbers coming in. The republican showdown shattering records. 24 million Americans tuning in. The ten contenders, trump in the middle. They asked them to raise their hand if they could not rule out running as an independent. Only one hand going up there. Donald Trump, the first of many answers that drew strong responses. And the question he was asked. What did he really say about women. And now, he's firing back, sending out his newest tweet today. Tom llamas leading us off. Reporter: From the get-go, controversy. Trump, refusing to rule out an independent run. I will not make the pledge at this time. Reporter: Also called out for offensive tweets and statements against women. You call women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Only Rosie o'donnell. No, it wasn't. For the record, it was well beyond Rosie o'donnell. You once told a contestant, it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. You dropped to your knees. Reporter: But telling George on "Gma" this morning -- I don't recognize those words whatsoe whatsoever. Rosie is disgusting. Reporter: And "New York times" columnist said, he sent me a copy with my picture circled. And Megan Kelly -- and other candidates taking shots at him. With Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding, and she was there. I gave to a foundation. Reporter: Next, Jeb bush, asked about reports he called trump a clown and a buffoon. Is it true? No, but I have said Mr. Trump's language is divisive. How is Hillary Clinton going to lecture me living paycheck to paycheck? I was raised paycheck to paycheck. Reporter: Trump has been busy on Twitter, slamming Fox News and commentators for not giving him a fair shake. Thank you. And just one more question about the size of the audience. Matthew dowd, about his claims about the Mexican government. If it weren't for me, you wouldn't even be talking about illegal immigration, Chris. You wouldn't be talking about it. Some arguing he didn't answer the question. And he makes a point. Absolutely. Every single republican running in the race is having to pivot off of trump since he came in. And it was the largest audience for a primary debate in history. Trump is the reason everyone has to respond. We turn tonight to the scare
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