Republican presidential candidates, from left, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, John Kasich and Rand Paul talk together following the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas.
Republican presidential candidates, from left, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, John Kasich and Rand Paul talk together following the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. John Locher AP Photo
Republican presidential candidates, from left, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, John Kasich and Rand Paul talk together following the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. John Locher AP Photo

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.