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Republicans

Marco Rubio

“The vast and overwhelming majority of Republicans do not want Donald Trump to be our nominee.”

— Marco Rubio told NBC, suggesting that Trump is winning only because the other candidates are splitting the majority of the electorate.

Ted Cruz

“I don’t think the people of Texas and I don’t think the people of this country want another Washington dealmaker to go and surrender more to the Democrats, giving in to the failed liberal agenda.”

— Ted Cruz, signaling an aggressive stance heading into the debate. Cruz lashed out at Trump and Rubio as “Washington dealmakers” while talking to reporters in Houston on Wednesday. Rubio, Cruz said, had worked with Democrats to craft an immigration overhaul, while Trump has given money to Democrats and backed their priorities at times in recent years.

Donald Trump

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, whose own quest for the GOP presidential nomination ended unsuccessfully, on Thursday called Donald Trump a “nut job” who likely will win the party’s nod, but lose in November’s general election.

“He’s just generally a loser as a person and a candidate,” the South Carolina senator told reporters, adding, “You can’t nominate a nut job and lose, and expect it doesn’t have consequences.”

John Kasich

In the Republican presidential campaign, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the hug-addicted happy warrior, a Mr. Nice Guy swimming in a tank of sharks.

Ben Carson

A super PAC supporting Ben Carson on Thursday sent out a fundraising email to supporters saying the candidate needs to be on the Republican ticket — even as the vice presidential nominee — in order to capture the minority vote.

The email, signed by 2016 Committee National Chairman John Philip Sousa IV, said that the race is still "in flux" but if Carson isn't on the ticket, "The Democrats will win the White House and the America we love will disappear." — CNN

Democrats

Hillary Clinton

“I sure hope the president chooses a true progressive who will stand up for the values and the interests of the people,”

— Hillary Clinton said of the vacant Supreme Court seat that will determine the ideological tilt of a court left with a 4-4 split between liberals and conservatives. Those comments came after White House officials told the Associated Press that the president’s list of potential nominees includes Nevada’s Republican governor, Brian Sandova, who later bowed out of consideration.

Bernie Sanders

“While Flint may be the canary in the coal mine, there are a lot of other canaries,”

— Bernie Sanders said during a campaign event at the Woodside Church.

From Detroit News wire services

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