(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The FOX News/Facebook Republican debate has finished, and this first debate brought some fire between candidates, as well as gave few spotlights to the high polling Donald Trump.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern has more from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. 

From America's Election Headquarters.

Front-runner Donald Trump took most of the fire, finding an early way to separate himself from the rest of the field.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Trump) "I cannot say I have to respect the person that, if it's not me, the person that wins."

Trump, the only candidate to refuse support to whoever ends up the Republican nominee and reveling in short sparring matches with other top-tier candidates, like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Bush) "I believe that the great majority of people coming here illegally have no other option. They want to provide for their family."

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul also jabbing at Trump and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over NSA surveillance.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Paul) "Use the Fourth Amendment. Get a warrant."

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Christie) "No... I'll tell you how... Let me tell you something..."

(Paul) "Get a judge to sign the warrant." 

For others, the challenge was breaking out of the ten-candidate field...

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Doctor Ben Carson complaining he had more to say than time allowed.

In Cleveland, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The first Republican debates of the 2016 Presidential campaign season are over. 17 candidates vying for the spotlight on two very crowded stages.

FOX News Radio's Rachel Sutherland reports from Cleveland, Ohio:

The top ten candidates did all they could to stand out from the competition inside Quicken Loans Arena here in Cleveland. Just outside the queue, people squeezed into bars and pubs to watch the debate.

I talked to some Democrats, who said they wanted to see what would happen...

(Debate Watcher) "It's interesting. Obviously Mr. Trump is trying to make a name for himself. But, it's all about show and tell. You know, so... It's fun." 

Donald Trump refused to pledge support for the eventual GOP nominee if it's not him -- and to swear off an independent run.

In Cleveland, Rachel Sutherland, FOX News Radio.


           Email            Embed

At the end of FOX News/Facebook debate...  FOX New Radio's Jeff Monosso was in spin alley at the Quicken Loans Arena where many candidates said they were pressed for time.

(Photo Credit: FOX News Radio's Jeff Monosso)
(Photo Credit: FOX News Radio's Jeff Monosso)

FOX News Radio's Jeff Monosso reports from Cleveland, Ohio:

It was all about the spin, following Republican debate number one...

(Trump) "Well, I really enjoyed it. It was something I've never done before and everybody tells me I'm winning every one of the polls, so I'm very happy about that. That's an honor."

Business man Donald Trump telling us he'll start with the economy and making America great again.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee also thought he did well, but like every candidate here, wished he or she had more time.

(Huckabee) "Some of the questions I was dying to get in on and didn't. But, that's part of the nature of having 10 people on the stage. My hope is still, that by the time of the next debate, more than half these people quit."

But, how will this performance among the top ten and even bottom seven change the standings in support for some of these candidates? And, what about some of the battles we saw? One between Governor Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul.

(Priebus) "You know there's a few jabs that came into play. But, you know, all in all, I mean, this is what people expected."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus saying it was a good start to what's, no doubt, going to be a busy debate season.

In Cleveland, Jeff Monosso, FOX News Radio. 


           Email            Embed