Trump returns to GOP debate, where Rubio could face attacks

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — An aggrieved Donald Trump returns to the debate stage Saturday night hoping to find his way into the winner’s circle in New Hampshire, while a rising Marco Rubio looks to fend off an onslaught of attacks from his rivals.

The debate comes three days before New Hampshire’s primary, a contest that will likely determine whether some Republican candidates for president in an already shrinking field will be forced to abandon their White House hopes.

For Trump, anything short of a win in New Hampshire would be a blow to his White House bid.

Rubio’s third-place finish in Iowa gave him the edge in the crowded field of candidates viewed as more mainstream alternatives to the bombastic Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the fiery conservative who won the caucuses.