Rubio, Cruz shook hands behind Trump's back at debate
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Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump administration eyes new strategy on COVID-19 tests ACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech MORE tag teamed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE on Thursday in the latest GOP presidential debate, and were spotted shaking hands behind the businessman's back during a commercial break.
 
CNN, which hosted the debate in Houston, shared images of the moment on Friday morning, showing Cruz and Rubio stepping away from their lecterns to shake hands while Trump and Ben Carson remained at their mics.
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Trump spent the night swatting away a continuous stream of attacks on his business record and campaign proposals led by Rubio, who mocked the real estate tycoon for repeating himself instead of providing more details on his healthcare proposal. 
 
Cruz also leveled a series of attacks at Trump, painting him as a liberal and going after an ongoing fraud lawsuit over his namesake university.