Here is a look at some of the key points made in the debates by the candidates:Republicans,

TOP CANDIDATES’ DEBATE

Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and John Kasich pose at the start of the debate in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and John Kasich pose at the start of the debate in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Republican 2016 presidential candidates (L-R), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Ohio Governor John Kasich, are shown on a large screen as they debate at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
Republican 2016 presidential candidates (L-R), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Ohio Governor John Kasich, are shown on a large screen as they debate at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump (C) heads to the stage between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (L) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) for the start of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump (C) heads to the stage between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (L) and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) for the start of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

(Reuters)-The 17 Republicans running for president squared off in two debates aired on Thursday evening on Fox News.Here is a look at some of the key points made in the debates by the candidates:TOP CANDIDATES’ DEBATE

Republican presidential candidates, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (L) and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) look on as fellow candidates, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (2nd from L) and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, clasp hands as they talk in the midst of a break at a Fox-sponsored forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Republican presidential candidates, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (L) and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) look on as fellow candidates, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (2nd from L) and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, clasp hands as they talk in the midst of a break at a Fox-sponsored forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

– Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he stills believes in a path to legal status, but not amnesty, because fixing the immigration system would boost the economy; said that he was “completely pro-life” and that he did not know that a foundation board he served on donated money to Planned Parenthood; and reiterated his support of Common Core education standards.

– Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said he would significantly revise the taxation system so people pay proportionally based on earnings; declined to state whether he would support the use of waterboarding because he did not think the country should “broadcast” how it would treat suspected terrorists; and said his first foreign policy move would be shoring up and expanding the U.S. military.

Republican presidential candidates (L-R), U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, talk in the midst of a commercial break at a Fox-sponsored forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Republican presidential candidates (L-R), U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, talk in the midst of a commercial break at a Fox-sponsored forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

– New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would use means testing to determine eligibility for Social Security retirement benefits for those making more than $200,000 per year; said the government could and should be collecting more data while respecting citizens’ civil liberties; and wants to expand the U.S. military, including no fewer than 500,000 active-duty soldiers in the Army.

– U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said he would continue to support a proposal that would require mandatory prison sentences for deported immigrants who return to the United States illegally; emphasized his continued opposition to any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants; and criticized the Iran nuclear deal, saying the United States did not get anything in return for lifting sanctions.

– Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said he would use existing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to defend the rights of fetuses; create a more fair tax system based on consumption at which point he could eliminate the Internal Revenue Service; and would update the U.S. military’s ships and planes.

Republican presidential candidates (L-R), former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and former New York Governor George Pataki, debate at a Fox-sponsored forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Republican presidential candidates (L-R), former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and former New York Governor George Pataki, debate at a Fox-sponsored forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

– Ohio Governor John Kasich said that “economic growth is the key to everything;” added that that growth needs to reach all communities, including minorities; and said that issues like same-sex marriage “are planted to divide us.”

– U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky opposes the Iran deal but said he wouldn’t immediately rule out negotiations; said “I don’t want my marriage or my guns registered in Washington;” and wants the United States to stop sending foreign aid to countries where the American flag is burned.

– U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida wants curriculum reform to happen at the state and local – rather than national – level; said the Dodd-Frank financial reforms are “eviscerating” small businesses and need to be repealed; and said the Constitution defends all American life, including the unborn.

– Businessman Donald Trump wants to build a wall to stop illegal immigration but said it could have a “big, beautiful door” for legal immigrants; would like to see health insurance regulated more nationally instead of state by state; and wants a stronger military.

– Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wants to focus on ties with our current partners in the Middle East, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia; said Iran is “not a place we should be doing business with;” and advocated better police training, particularly for use of force.

SECOND-TIER CANDIDATES’ DEBATE

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he would make the United States energy independent; would do “whatever it takes, as long as it takes, to defeat” Islamic State, including putting U.S. ground forces in Iraq and Syria; and said a strong environment and a strong economy are not mutually exclusive.

– Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said radical Islam is a problem; said immigration without assimilation is an invasion; and prioritized keeping Christian business owners from facing “discrimination” over their views on gay marriage.

– Former New York Governor George Pataki said he would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks and would institute a freeze on adding new employees in Washington except for military- and defense-related personnel, and said encouraging Americans to engage in violent jihad is not protected religious speech.

– Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore proposed a three-bracket tax code of 10, 15 and 25 percent; said he would get rid of excessive government regulation to help fuel growth; and said the United States needs to prepare for further terrorist attacks.

– Former Texas Governor Rick Perry said that, if elected president, “I will secure that southern border” and would tear up a nuclear agreement with Iran; he also said that he would work to boost U.S. economic growth.

– Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said he would reduce immigration and boost U.S. manufacturing; compared the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage to the Dred Scott slavery decision; and called for a flat tax rate of 20 percent.

(Reporting by Luciana Lopez and Amanda Becker; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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