Trump calls for 'civil' GOP debate

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Donald Trump called for a "civil" conversation in Thursday's highly anticipated GOP debate, when he will share Fox News' stage with nine of his Republican peers. But despite the calls for an orderly event, Trump told Good Morning America he will fight back, if provoked.

"Certainly I don't want to attack," he said. "If I'm attacked, I have to, you know, do something back, but I'd like it to be very civil." Trump, who is currently leading in polls of the GOP field, added that he's "honored" that two of his more vocal critics, Lindsey Graham and Rick Perry, won't be participating in the 9 p.m. main debate due to their polling numbers, as Fox only includes the top 10 candidates in their primetime event.

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Jeva Lange was the executive editor at TheWeek.com. She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.