Candidates ready to battle Trump in last GOP debate of 2015

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LAS VEGAS, NV - There has been so many Republican presidential debates; we've officially lost count, but in just a few hours, the candidates will take the stage for 2015's final debate.

"We're hearing all these announcers saying, 'Well, who's going to take on Trump tonight? Who's going to hit Trump hardest?' I would say bring them on. Who cares? What difference does it make," said Donald Trump.

Nine candidates will take the stage at the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas, and they better be ready to answer tough questions about national security.

"Personally, I want to hear maybe a little bit more on better background checks on the refugees," said Houstonian Gilbert Jacob Celesino.

This is the first Republican debate since the attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino.

"I think the biggest thing that needs to be addressed is gun control laws," said Houstonian Jason Gardner.

Of course, you can bet Mr. Donald J. Trump will be the center of attention, after he announced that he was, "calling for a complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

Despite the Muslim ban backlash, Trump is still surging with huge leads in national polls. He's at 41% among likely Republican voters, according to a poll from Monmouth University. That's more than the next three competitors combined.

One candidate hoping to steal the spotlight from the Donald, is Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who happens to be leading the polls among Iowa Republicans. The two have been sparring on the sidelines, especially after the New York Times released audio of Cruz questioning Trump's judgment.

"I would say I have far better judgment than Ted," Donald Trump fired back.

As for the rest of the candidates, they're just lucky to be there, and they'll have an uphill battle to get out of the basement.