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The Fifth Republican Debate In 100 Words (And 4 Video Clips)

Marco Rubio makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday in Las Vegas. i

Marco Rubio makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday in Las Vegas. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Marco Rubio makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Marco Rubio makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

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With the backdrop of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the fifth Republican presidential debate was the most serious to date. Led by a more spirited Jeb Bush, it was still fiery because of the numerous attacks on Donald Trump. But, highlighted by exchanges between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, there was substantive disagreement on foreign policy and national security. Echoing Rand Paul, Trump and Ben Carson, Cruz said: "We need to focus on American interests, not on foreign interventions." Chris Christie and Bush favored a no-fly zone in Syria; Rubio and John Kasich called for ground troops. Paul warned of World War III. The must-watch moments:

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Jeb Bush attacks Donald Trump

"Donald is great at the one-liners, but he's a chaos candidate and he'd be a chaos president," Jeb Bush attacked Donald J. Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States in the fifth Republican debate on Tuesday.

Posted by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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

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