The campaign-trail bickering over the past few days between Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could come to a head during tonight’s GOP debate.

“Cruz now finds himself in the cross hairs where pretty much everyone else has found themselves with Donald Trump,” said New Hampshire Republican operative Patrick Griffin. “Next thing (Trump) is going to suggest Cruz is a member of the Royal Mounted Canadian Police.”

Trump has raised birther questions about Cruz, who has tried to put the issue to rest over the last few days.

Tonight’s Fox Business Network showdown in North Charleston, S.C., is set to start at 9 p.m. and includes just seven candidates: Cruz, Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, neurosurgeon Ben Carson and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will square off in the undercard debate at 6 p.m.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is boycotting the undercard debate after being left off the prime-time lineup.


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