Where The Republican Candidates Stand After First GOP Debate

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The Republican presidential candidates met Thursday night in the first GOP debate of the 2016 election season. The top 10 in the polls met in prime time — and all eyes were on front-runner Donald Trump.

When he and the others were asked by the Fox moderators to pledge not to run as independent candidates if they didn't win the nomination, Trump was the only one to refuse the pledge — and then joked about it.

Now that the first debate is behind us, the campaigns are gearing up for the fall. Republican strategist Todd Domke and Democratic strategist Dan Payne joined WBUR's Morning Edition to discuss the debate.

This segment aired on August 7, 2015.


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