Recapping the Dynamic Second GOP Debate

Written by on September 28, 2023

Recapping the Dynamic Second GOP Debate

Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist / Political Candidate


Recapping the Dynamic Second GOP Debate

Recapping the Dynamic Second GOP Debate

Recapping the Dynamic Second GOP Debate

The Reagan Presidential Library in California was the stage for the second GOP debate, featuring the leading Republican contenders for the 2024 nomination, sans Donald Trump.

On the Stage: The lineup included Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Mike Pence, Tim Scott, and Doug Burgum.

Trump’s Absence: The former president chose to skip the debate, opting to meet with striking autoworkers in Michigan. This decision is not surprising, given his towering 42% lead over the closest competitor in the primary race.


The Debate: Following criticism of the first debate’s lack of focus on substantial topics, the Fox Business moderators sought to address pressing issues like the border crisis, crime in America, healthcare costs, education, parental rights, China’s challenge, and the conflict in Ukraine.

The Verdict: The Wall Street Journal aptly summarized the debate as a contest filled with arguments, one-liners, and strained attempts to grab attention. However, none of the candidates managed to articulate a compelling case for why they should be the frontrunner instead of Donald Trump.

Observations: While watching the debate, a few noteworthy moments stood out:

– Ron DeSantis delivered a strong performance when discussing education, emphasizing his efforts to revitalize American education in Florida through parental rights, school choice, and the removal of critical race theory from classrooms.

– Nikki Haley appeared hawkish, advocating for potential conflicts with Russia, China, and Mexico. Her vocal support for the Ukraine war contrasted with the opposition of 71% of Republican voters.

– Vivek Ramaswamy, though presenting intriguing ideas like ending birthright citizenship and calling drug trafficking “bioterrorism,” struggled to maintain his presence amidst interruptions from other candidates.

– Chris Christie largely focused on attacking Trump, echoing his approach from the first debate. His “Donald Duck” comment fell flat.

– Tim Scott and Mike Pence delivered predictable, if somewhat unremarkable, performances.

– Doug Burgum, despite frequent interruptions by moderator Dana Perino, showcased his business acumen while critiquing Joe Biden’s electric vehicle subsidies and their impact on the U.S. auto industry.

Big Picture: Following the first GOP debate, there were minimal shifts in the polls. Trump’s absence didn’t hinder his popularity, as he saw a slight increase in his numbers. The key takeaway from this debate will be whether any of the candidates managed to sway public opinion and if the criticisms against Trump had any effect on his standing.

You can catch the replay of the debate, though access requires providing an email address on the Fox News website.


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