Republican Presidential Debate: 6 Buzzy Moments, Including Jeb Bush’s Fantasy Football Team

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The Republican candidates came out swinging at their third presidential debate. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Buckle up for round three! The third Republican presidential debate kicked off in Boulder, Colo., on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Ratings powerhouse Donald Trump was joined by Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, and John Kasich.

Moderators included CNBC's John Harwood, Becky Quick, and Carl Quintanilla — who spiced things up by occasionally sparring with candidates themselves. Here are our top six highlights from tonight's debate.

1. Carly Fiorina called out critics of her serious demeanor.

Asked her biggest weakness, the former Hewlitt-Packard CEO didn't miss a beat. "Well, gee, after the last debate, I was told I didn't smile enough," she mused — with a giant smile across her face.

Not surprisingly, Trump (who had critiqued Fiorina's appearance in the past) just couldn't help chiming in. "Fixed it!" he declared.

2. Donald Trump admitted he tends to hold a grudge.

In response to the same question, Trump replied, "I think my greatest weakness may be I trust people too much." He elaborated, "I never forgive. I find it very, very hard to forgive people who have deceived me." Judging from his track record of very public feuds with many people, this admission probably wasn't a surprise — but the fact that he acknowledged it probably was.

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3. Jeb Bush confessed that he has a fantasy football team — and they're really good.

Asked about whether fantasy football gambling should be regulated, Bush admitted he has a team of his own. "I'm 7 and 0 in my fantasy football league. Bukowski is still going strong. I have Ryan Tannehill as my quarterback. He was 18 for 19 last week so I'm doing great," he revealed before quickly adding, "But we're not gambling."

For the record, Bush did think there should be "some regulation" of the online sites, and Chris Christie chimed in to ask, "Are we really talking about getting the government involved in fantasy football?" which was met with wild applause from the crowd.

4. Mike Huckabee refused to trash talk Trump — and even wore a Trump tie.

Asked if he thought Trump was someone "with the moral authority to unite the country" Huckabee flatly refused to take the bait. "I love Donald Trump," he said. "He is a good man. I'm wearing a Trump tie tonight — get over that one!" But that didn't mean that none of the candidates were ready to take a swipe at the former Celebrity Apprentice star.

"Is [the tie] made in China or Mexico?" Bush asked.

5. Several of the candidates took aim at the moderators.

Though the candidates clearly differed from each other in many ways, they seemed to share one position: their dislike for the moderators. Trump was the first to comment. Asked if he was running a comic book version of a presidential campaign, the billionaire replied, "No, it's not a comic book, and that's not a very nicely asked question, the way you say that." An hour later, Trump called the moderators out again for "nasty and ridiculous" questions.

Christie joined the chorus, too. Feeling that Harwood was cutting him off mid-sentence, the governor asked, "John do you want me to answer or do you want to answer? Because I got to tell you the truth: Even in New Jersey, what you're doing is called rude." Cruz and Rubio also chimed in with critiques.

6. But Ted Cruz wasn't too upset to consider making up.

Apparently, unlike Trump, Cruz doesn't hold a grudge. "I'll buy you tequila," he said to Quintanilla. "Or maybe some of those famous Colorado brownies."

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