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Fact-checking Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and others at the first GOP debate

Seventeen candidate, five moderators, two debates, one Donald Trump. All of it kept the fact-checkers busy Thursday.

Let’s start with Trump.

Early in the debate, Fox News moderator Chris Wallace pressed Trump on some of his past statements about undocumented immigration -- the signature issue of Trump’s campaign.

Wallace asked Trump, "What evidence do you have, specific evidence, that the Mexican government is sending criminals across the border?"

Trump never directly answered the question, though he did cite conversations with "border patrol people" who told him that it was true.

"Our leaders are stupid, our politicians are stupid, and the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning, and they send the bad ones over because they don't want to pay for them, they don't want to take care of them," Trump said. "Why should they, when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them? And that’s what’s happening, whether you like it or not."

The "they send the bad ones over" line rates Pants on Fire.

We also fact-checked claims by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio about the number of illegal immigrants, Hillary Clinton's experience and whether Trump supported former Gov. Charlie Crist (yep, he did.)

Keep reading PolitiFact's story about fact-checking the debate here.

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