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Republican presidential candidates faced off in Des Moines, Iowa for the FOX News/Google debate.

FOX's Jared Halpern and Jeff Monosso report:

I'm Jared Halpern in Des Moines. A big absence that wasn't missed here...

(Cruz) "Everyone on this stage is fat, stupid and ugly. And Ben, you're a terrible surgeon."

Texas Senator Ted Cruz trying to put a quick end to Donald Trump's portion of the debate, but the billionaire front-runner remained a factor, the target of unanswered attacks.

(Bush) "Donald Trump, for example, I mentioned his name again, just in case anyone was missing him."

Jeb Bush reiterating his early criticism of Trump.

Without Donald Trump the rest of the Republican field got more air time.

(Cruz) "The voters here in Iowa got to see a sharp contrast between the candidates."

Ted Cruz who's polling a close second to Trump.

(Carson) "Might be a good time to start thinking about a different way of doing things."

Dr. Ben Carson saying more time is wasted talking about personalities.

In Des Moines, Jeff Monosso, FOX News.

Some of the night's most heated exchanges focused on immigration policies. WATCH:

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