Candidates running to become the Republican party's presidential nominee chatted briefly with media after debating each other. Julie Noce reports.
Shortly after Republican presidential candidates left the debate stage Wednesday night, they spoke to media about their own performances. Front-runner Donald Trump. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "..I think one of the reasons I'm leading in every poll is because I'm not so politically correct. People get it." During and after the debate, candidates complained of each other's bickering. Texas Senator, Ted Cruz. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TED CRUZ SAYING: "There was far too much of the bickering like schoolchildren. I think most Americans could not possibly care less about a bunch of politicians fighting. They're interested in positive, real solutions." With Trump leading opinion polls, the other 10 candidates sometimes struggled for attention. But unlike the last debate, this time candidates exchanged fierce personal jabs with the real estate mogul and former reality-TV star. Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SCOTT WALKER SAYING: "it's why I pointed out the contrast is I don't think Americans want another apprentice in the White House, someone who's a novice, they want someone who's actually been tested. We've been tested." The latest Reuters-Ipsos poll shows Trump leading by 32 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is second at 15 percent. Bush is in third place at 9 percent as his campaign struggles to take off.