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Donald Trump
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Donald Trump was unapologetic Thursday night about the four companies he's been affiliated with that have filed for bankruptcy protection. In fact, he insisted that he was well qualified to handle the nation's debt.

Trump's comments came in response to questioning from Chris Wallace, moderator of a primetime debate, held in Cleveland and televised on Fox News, among 10 candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Participants in the debate were real estate mogul Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.