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CNBC debate moderator to Donald Trump: Are you a 'comic book version' of a candidate?

CNBC's John Harwood started out the question portion of Wednesday's primetime GOP presidential debate with a jab at Donald Trump. Trump wants to deport all illegal immigrants, get Mexico to pay for a 1,000-mile-long border fence, and cut taxes by $10 trillion without raising the deficit, Harwood said. "Let's be honest: Is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?"

Trump began by saying the question "wasn't asked very nicely," and that CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow loves his tax plan. "I love the Mexican people," Trump said, but Mexican leaders are more clever than America's, and a politician couldn't get the Mexicans to pay for a wall, but Trump can. When Harwood pressed him about how his tax plan could possibly work, Trump again cited Kudlow. Watch the sparring opening salvo below. Peter Weber