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Republicans to attack Clinton at debate, not each other

06 August 2015, 11:27

Washington - The head of the Republican Party on Wednesday said its presidential candidates are unlikely to attack each other in the party's first official debate, but instead are focused on ousting Democrats from the White House.

Seventeen Republicans, led by outspoken billionaire Donald Trump, are seeking the party's presidential nomination. Only 10 will be on stage on Thursday night in the first prime-time debate, which could offer a chance to break out of the pack.

"Ultimately, the real issue here is Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the fact that the country's really not in a good place right now," Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus said, citing the Democratic presidential front-runner and the president.

"That's really ... what the focus is. We're not going to focus on each other," he told NBC.

It was unclear from Priebus' comments whether the Republican National Committee had discussed debate plans with any of the candidates or their campaigns.

Trump, a real estate mogul and television personality who has mocked one rival's glasses and publicised another's personal telephone number, said he does not want to go on the attack.

"I'd rather just discuss the issues," he told ABC, adding "If I'm attacked I have to, you know, do something back, but I'd like it to be very civil."

Debate host Fox News limited participation to the top 10 candidates in the polls, leaving out contenders like former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former US Senator Rick Santorum.

The Republican focus on Clinton also comes amid a report that the FBI is investigating the security of the former secretary of state's private e-mail set-up, adding to controversy about how she handled e-mail as the nation's top diplomat.

Trump has vaulted over the Republican establishment in recent polls with a double-digit lead. The latest Reuters polling shows Trump with support from nearly 30% of respondents, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 12%. Ten percent of the 490 Republicans polled said they would not vote.

Asked about Trump's lead, Priebus said the November 2016 presidential election was a ways off, but acknowledged the billionaire businessman has tapped into public frustration with government and politics.

The two men have been at odds over Trump's comments that he could run as an independent, but Priebus said that's unlikely.

"We just don't see it," he told NBC. "It's early. I think Donald Trump knows it's early."

- Reuters


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