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Before taking the stage alongside his competitors, the former John Hopkins' director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, checks out the space with his wife of 40 years, Candy Carson.
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The junior senator from Texas may have a wealth of advisers at the office, but it's clear whose opinion he values most: that of daughters Caroline and Catherine, who wore matching yellow dresses for the occasion.
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If a picture's worth 1000 words, then a video really says something. And Kentucky senator Paul's got two of them. One is from his wife Kelley from inside the green room pre-debate, in which she declares that her husband is "ready". The other is a father-son effort, in which Paul's son asks for any last-minute advice, and the candidate himself says "We're going to win!"
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Texas's former governor may not have made the cut for the main debate on Fox News, but his wife Anita was still there to support him when he took the stage for the first debate alongside fellow candidates such as Carly Fiornia, Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham.
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Many of Trump's children turned out to see the current GOP front-runner's sure-to-be-memorable appearance at the first Republican debate. This included daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, Trump's daughter Tiffany and his son Eric with his wife Lara. Wife Melania was there as well. All of his children Instagrammed from the occasion, and the whole clan (including a thumbs-up-sporting Donald) celebrated with a group gram at the end.