Over the course of the Republican presidential candidacy race, one candidate has dominated headlines more than all others. Donald Trump has been the focus of news bulletins and headlines around the world as his comments attract both outrage and fascination.
However, his infamy has left some of the other Republican candidates feeling somewhat underappreciated, as a bizarre outburst by Ben Carson proved last night.
During the Houston debate, Mr Trump was continually attacked, meaning that he was given the chance to respond to criticisms against him. This meant that he was the focus of the debate, to the extent that he even complained at one point that questions were being presented to him first too often.
This focus did not go unnoticed by Mr Carson, who at one point complained: “Can somebody attack me please?” The crowd responded with laughter and whistles.
The retired neurosurgeon has been perceived by many as lagging behind his rivals in the debates and appearing increasingly irrelevant as the election race continues.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
The Florida GOP primary is due to take place on 15 March. According to CNN, the most recent polls suggest that Mr Trump leads 44 per cent among voters, followed by Marco Rubio on 28 per cent and Ted Cruz on 12 per cent. John Kasich follows on 7 per cent, whilst Ben Carson polls at just 4 per cent.
The Ohio primary is due to take place on the same day, with polls suggesting Mr Trump will also win with 31 per cent, followed by Mr Kasich on 26 per cent. Mr Cruz polls at 21 per cent, whilst Mr Rubio stands at 13 per cent and Mr Carson stands at just 5 per cent.