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The South Florida Roundup

Florida Roundup: After The 2016 Republican Debate

Andrew Harnik
AP via Miami Herald
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks as Scott Walker and Donald Trump listen during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland.

The Republican presidential debate drew 24 million viewers on Thursday night, making it the most-watched presidential debate ever.

Was the record viewership thanks in part to Donald Trump? Maybe.

But Florida voters had two homegrown candidates on the stage, and issues like immigration and education were big talking points for both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

"People are frustrated," said Rubio, who called for a border fence and tougher immigration policy. "This is the most generous country in the world when it comes to immigration."

PolitiFact rated that claim "mostly true."

Jeb Bush stood by his support of a path to citizenship, drawing boos from the crowd at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. 

"I believe that the great majority of people coming here illegally have no other option," said Bush. "They want to provide for their family, but we need to control our border. It's our responsibility to pick and choose who comes in."

Guest host Luis Hernandez was joined by WLRN's John O'Connor, Miami Herald's Christina Veiga, Associate Professor of Political Science Sean Foreman, Republican National Committee Chief Strategist Sean Spicer, WLRN Americas Editor Tim Padgett and Susan Kaufman Purcell, director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami.

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