Despite Republican front-runner Donald Trump's absence from the GOP debate on Thursday, attending candidates did little to distance themselves from the controversial figure's hateful and divisive rhetoric.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced Monday it has officially cut ties with NBC and will partner with a different media outlet for an upcoming Republican debate following their fallout over the CNBC GOP debate in October 2015.
It came as no surprise that the GOP candidates running in the 2016 presidential election spent an ample amount of time discussing immigration reform, an ongoing hot button issue in national discourse, during the first Republican primary debate on Thursday.
The first 2016 Republican presidential debate finally has its 10 candidates following criteria set forth by Fox News Channel. The 10 names were revealed based on their rankings on the five national polls and include real estate businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.