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Underdog Republicans bash Trump, clash over immigration, Kim Davis and more

Underdog Republicans bash Trump, clash over immigration, Kim Davis and more

By Heidi Przybyla for USA Today

Republican presidential candidates struggling to keep a pulse in national polls tore into front-runnerDonald Trump before clashing over immigration policy, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and an increase in the federal minimum wage.

During a forum before a prime-time debate for the leading candidates in national polls hosted by CNN, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Trump, the real estate billionaire atop the field, is a "narcissist.’’ Former New York governor George Pataki called him "unfit’’ to be president.

"The best way for us to give this election back would be to nominate a Donald Trump,’’ said Jindal, who's taken the lead in attacking Trump over Twitter in the past week. "He doesn’t care about policy,’’ said Jindal. "He’s not serious.’’

Pataki said Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City went bankrupt, costing 5,000 Americans their jobs. "He will do for America what he did for Atlantic City,’’ said Pataki. "That is not someone we will nominate.’’

The forum gave the four candidates polling at the bottom of the field — which also included South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum — a chance to debate on national television. Santorum refused to criticize Trump.

Graham drew cheers and laughter for several humorous lines, such as when he turned a debate over immigration into a commentary on dwindling Social Security taxes. "Strom Thurmond had four kids after age 67. If you're not willing to do that, we need to come up with a new immigration system," Graham cracked.

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