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The Third GOP Debate In 100 Words (And 3 Video Clips)

Marco Rubio (right) and Jeb Bush argue a point during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Wednesday.
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Marco Rubio (right) and Jeb Bush argue a point during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Wednesday.

The third GOP debate was a heavyweight match but with quick footwork and well-orchestrated jabs that were responded to with masterful cross-counters. The surprise? Trump wasn't the only one punching. Bush went after Rubio for missing Senate votes. Kasich said Trump's platform was "fantasy." In a recurring theme, Cruz attacked the media and the CNBC moderator. Carson, who's been rising in the polls, stayed above the fray. The candidates also staked out real positions: Cruz vowed to eliminate the IRS. Trump called gun-free zones "a catastrophe." Carson proposed a cut to all government subsidies. Here are the three must-watch bouts:

That's the quickie version of what happened in the third Republican presidential debate of the 2016 race Wednesday night. Our friends at It's All Politics have wall-to-wall coverage.

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Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.