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The Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado, yielded quite a few zingers, exchanges and moments at the campus of the University of Colorado.

Here are the top lines from Wednesday's Republican main event:

  • "I love Donald Trump, he is a good man. I'm wearing a Trump tie tonight... Let me tell you, Donald Trump would be a better president every day of the week and twice on Sunday, rather than Hillary." — Mike Huckabee on Donald Trump.
  • "You find me a Democrat that's for cutting spending $10, I'll give them a warm kiss." — Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida.
  • "If you saw that blimp that got cut loose in Maryland today, it's the perfect example of government." — Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas.
Marco Rubio at the CNBC GOP Debate in Boulder, Colorado.
Marco Rubio: I'm 'not worried' about my finances
Ted Cruz at the CNBC GOP Debate in Boulder, Colorado.
Cruz: This is why the American people don't trust the media
GOP Republican Candidate John Kasich stands on stage a few hours before the debate starts at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado on October 28, 2015.
Kasich: I have a plan, they have fantasies
  • "Super PACs are a disaster, they're a scam, they cause dishonesty and you better get rid of them, because they are causing a lot of bad decisions to be made by some very good people." — Donald Trump on Super PACs.
  • "The government has lied to you and they have stolen from you. They told you that your Social Security is in a trust fund. All that's in that trust fund is a pile of IOUs for money they've spent on something else a long time ago." — Chris Christie on Social Security.
Carly Fiorina at the CNBC GOP Debate in Boulder, Colorado.
Fiorina: Our tax code should be 3 pages
Donald Trump at the CNBC GOP Debate in Boulder, Colorado.
Donald Trump: Mexico going to pay for wall
Donald Trump at the CNBC GOP Debate in Boulder, Colorado.
Trump: I trust people too much
  • "My great concern is that we are on the verge, perhaps of picking someone who cannot do this job." — John Kasich, governor of Ohio.
  • "I trust people too much, I'm too trusting. And when they let me down, if they let me down, I never forgive." — Donald Trump, on his biggest weakness.
  • "I love the Mexican people, I respect the Mexican leaders, but the leaders are much sharper, smarter and more cunning than our leaders...a politician cannot get them to pay [for a wall]. I can." — Donald Trump, about the Mexican border.
GOP Candidate Lindsey Graham on stage during the GOP Debate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado on October 28, 2015.
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Here are the top lines from Wednesday's preliminary event:

  • "Looking at their academic standards the only way I could have gotten into this university is to be invited to this debate tonight." — Lindsey Graham, U.S. senator from South Carolina.
  • "Hillary Clinton put a server, an unsecure server in her home as secretary of state. We have no doubt that that was hacked and that state secrets are out there to the Iranians, the Russians, the Chinese and others. That alone should disqualify her from being president of the United States." — George Pataki, former governor of New York.
  • "To the Chinese, when it comes to dealing with me, you've got a clenched fist and an open hand. You pick. The party's over to all the dictators. Make me commander in chief and this crap stops." — Lindsey Graham, on cybersecurity.
GOP Candidate Bobby Jindal on stage during the GOP Debate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado on October 28, 2015.
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Ben Carson (L) and Donald Trump (R).
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  • "Those who stay will have to learn our language to stay. Because I don't speak it well, but look how far I've come. At the end of the day, folks, I am trying to solve a problem and win an election. I am tired of losing." — Lindsey Graham on immigration.
  • "You guys talk over each other in Washington all the time, I'm not used to that. I listen when people talk." — George Pataki, about fellow candidates.
  • "The only reason I have an iPhone is because I gave my number to Donald Trump. Big mistake." — Lindsey Graham, on technology.
  • "I think it's almost like crack cocaine. Eventually, we're gonna have to have an economy that doesn't have free money." — Lindsey Graham, on the economy.
  • "One of the things that troubles me about the Republican Party is that too often we question science that everyone accepts." — George Pataki