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Marco Rubio to Donald Trump: If you hadn’t inherited millions, you’d be selling watches in Manhattan

By mtani@businessinsider.com (Maxwell Tani)

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Sen. Marco Rubio continued to attack Donald Trump at the Thursday-night Republican presidential debate, saying he would not have been equally successful without his personal inheritance.

Rubio and Trump repeatedly butted heads over Rubio’s personal-finance record and Trump’s business record.

“Here’s a guy that buys a house for $179,000. He sells it to a lobbyist who is probably here for $380,000, and then legislation is passed,” Trump said. “You tell me what happened.”

Rubio immediately responded by questioning whether Trump would have accumulated his immense personal wealth if he hadn’t inherited millions from his father, a fellow real-estate tycoon.

“Here’s a guy who inherited $200 million. If he hadn’t inherited $200 million, you know where Donald Trump would be? He would be selling watches in Manhattan.”

Rubio repeatedly and pointedly questioned Trump’s business successes, pointing out that Trump was fined for hiring foreign workers at his hotels.

“If you’re going to claim you’re the only one that lifted this into the campaign, that you acknowledge, for example, that you’re the only one who has been fined for hiring workers illegally,” Rubio said.

“No, no I’m the only one on the stage who has ever hired people. You haven’t hired anyone,” Trump fired back, as the audience applauded.

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The head of China’s central bank says they can do more to support the economy

By mudland@businessinsider.com (Myles Udland)

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China still has more room and tools in its monetary policy to tackle downward pressure in the economy, and its fiscal policy will be more proactive, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said on Friday.

Zhou, speaking at a conference held by the Institute of International Finance in Shanghai in conjunction with a G20 meeting of central bank governors and finance ministers, also said that the direction of China’s reforms will not change, but that the pace might change.

“Given the current situation of the Chinese and global economy, our monetary policy is now prudent and relatively accommodative,” Zhou said, according to Bloomberg.

“We still need to closely monitor developments and make adjustments as appropriate. China still has some monetary policy space and multiple policy instruments to address possible downside risks.”

He added that there was no basis for persistent depreciation of China’s yuan.

Betting on a further depreciation in the value of the yuan is one of the most popular trades being put on by some of the biggest hedge fund managers in the business.

This trade got particular notice earlier this month when Hayman Capital’s Kyle Bass outlined his view that the yuan would need to fall in value given a dearth of reserves in its banking system.

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CRUZ TO TRUMP: You were firing Dennis Rodman on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ when I was fighting amnesty

By pengel@businessinsider.com (Pamela Engel)

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz attacked Donald Trump over his reality-television career at the Republican presidential debate on Thursday.

Trump and Cruz have been attacking each other relentlessly for weeks as they fight for their party’s presidential nomination.

“In 2013, when I was leading the fight against the ‘Gang of 8’ amnesty bill, where was Donald?” Cruz asked. “He was firing Dennis Rodman on ‘Celebrity Apprentice.'”

Cruz also accused Trump of funding the “Gang of 8” bill, which refers to the eight senators who championed a comprehensive immigration-reform bill in 2013. Cruz said Trump gave over $50,000 to three Democrats and two Republicans in the group.

“When you’re funding open-border politicians, you shouldn’t be surprised when they fight for open borders,” Cruz said.

Trump responded by attacking Cruz’s lack of support in the Senate:

I can only say this, and I’ve said it loud and clear and I’ve said it for years: … I’ve had an amazing relationship with politicians both Democrat, Republican, because I was a businessman. … I got along with everybody. You get along with nobody. You don’t have one Republican senator … backing you. Not one. You don’t have the endorsement of one Republican senator and you work with these people. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Cruz then pivoted to Trump’s alleged history of hiring illegal immigrants. Critics have long accused Trump of exploiting Polish immigrants who entered the US illegally to help build Trump Tower some years ago.

“Anyone who really cared about illegal immigration wouldn’t be hiring illegal immigrants,” Cruz said.

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‘You haven’t hired anyone!’: Donald Trump goes after Marco Rubio

By mtani@businessinsider.com (Maxwell Tani)

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Sen. Marco Rubio went after Donald Trump head on during Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate.

Near the debate’s opening, the senator immediately criticized Trump for supposedly hiring non-American workers at his hotels.

“If you’re going to claim you’re the only one that lifted this into the campaign, that you acknowledge, for example, that you’re the only one who has been fined for hiring workers illegally,” Rubio said.

“No, no I’m the only one on the stage who has ever hired people. You haven’t hired anyone,” Trump fired back, as the audience applauded.

Several minutes later, the pair went at it again. Rubio returned to his critique, urging viewers to Google Trump’s hotel-worker fines.

“If he builds the wall the way he built Trump tower, he’ll be using illegal immigrant labor to do it,” Rubio said.

Trump retorted: “Such a cute sound-bite.”

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Donald Trump goes off on Mitt Romney at the GOP debate

By ccampbell@businessinsider.com (Colin Campbell)

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Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump started ripping Mitt Romney the moment the 2012 GOP nominee’s name was mentioned at Thursday night’s primary debate.

As the candidates traded fierce blows over immigration policy, Sen. Marco Rubio pointed out that Trump criticized Romney for using the term “self-deportation.”

Rubio was suggesting that it was a shift for Trump to take such a fierce tone on illegal immigration today.

“I criticized Mitt Romney for losing that election. He should have won that election,” Trump shot back.

“He ran a terrible campaign,” he added. “He was a terrible candidate. That’s what I criticized Mitt Romney [for]. He ran one terrible campaign! That’s an election that should have been won.”

Rubio noted that it was “on the record” that Trump appeared to criticize Romney from the left on the “self-deportation” issue during the 2012 race. At the time, Trump was quoted calling the term “mean-spirited” and that said it cost Romney votes from Hispanics.

Trump has made his hard-line stance against illegal immigration the centerpiece of his 2016 bid.

He and Romney have been increasingly sparring in recent days. Trump has suggested that Romney was waiting to endorse Rubio.

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