September 16, 2015 10:34 PM EDT

Three Republican presidential candidates sparred over whether they should speak Spanish on the campaign trail.

Frontrunner Donald Trump was asked about a comment earlier this month in which he argued that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should “set the example” by speaking English while in the United States.

“We have a country, where, to assimilate, you have to speak English,” he responded. “We’ve had many people over the years, for many, many years, saying the same thing. This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish.”

Bush spoke next, noting tongue-in-cheek that he’d been speaking English throughout the debate.

“The simple fact is, if a high school kid asks me a question in Spanish … and they ask me a question in Spanish, I’m going to show respect and answer that question in Spanish,” he said. “Even though they do speak English, and even though they embrace American values.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio then chimed in, noting that he gives interviews in Spanish as well.

“I believe that free enterprise and limited government is the best way to help people who are trying to achieve upward mobility,” he said. “And if they get their news in Spanish, I want them to hear that directly from me. Not from a translator at Univision.”

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