Sparks fly at opening of GOP debate as Trump becomes lightning rod

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It took no time for the sparks to fly at Thursday’s prime-time Republican presidential debate, and Donald Trump was the lightning rod.

The billionaire businessman front-runner sparred early with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul after refusing to pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee if it’s not him and to swear off an independent run.

Then, under questioning from moderator Megyn Kelly about past disparaging comments he made about women, Trump interrupted to say, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” He then said, “Honestly, Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry.”

At the outset, when all candidates were asked if anyone was unwilling to pledge support to the nominee and not run an independent campaign, Trump said, “I will not make the pledge at this time.” Paul immediately accused him of “hedging his bet on the Clintons.”

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