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Even with fewer participants on stage, the GOP presidential candidates produced plenty of entertaining spats, one-liners and viral moments at Wednesday night’s debate all without former President Donald Trump being in attendance.

The fourth Republican National Committee (RNC) debate, hosted by NewsNation, the Washington Free Beacon and the Megyn Kelly Show, featured Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a rather heated program. Christie wasn’t addressed once for the first 17 minutes of the show, as the remaining trio waged a war of words over transgender surgeries for kids and corporate corruption, but the lid of Moody Music Hall in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, soon blew off.


Christie first piped up 18 minutes in after Kelly reminded him that she “had not forgotten” to ask him a question. The presidential hopeful pointed out that Haley, DeSantis and Ramaswamy were too busy arguing with each other to acknowledge the GOP front runner who was absent from the stage: Trump. The former president once again opted to skip the program.

“These three are acting as if the race is between the four of us,” the former governor said. “It’s often very difficult to be the only person on stage who’s telling the truth.”


Early in the debate, DeSantis and Ramaswamy teamed up on Haley for her previous comments on sex reassignment surgeries and her belief that social media users must pass an ID verification. Christie, though, picked DeSantis as his target, claiming multiple times he lacks the ability to give a straight answer to the moderator’s questions.

The former governor pointed this out after DeSantis was asked whether Trump, at 77-years-old, was “fit” to be president.

“Father time is undefeated,” DeSantis said before Christie berated the Florida governor for dodging the question. “I think we need to have somebody younger.”:snip:

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Haley Uses Leftist Slur to Describe Parental Rights in Education Bill

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley used a leftist slur Wednesday evening to describe a Florida bill that bans classroom discussions of gender and sexuality for children.

At a presidential debate, Haley responded Wednesday to criticism from Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis about her remarks made to “CBS Mornings” back in June.

“It wasn’t about the parents’ rights in education bill. It was about prohibiting sex-change operations on minors,” DeSantis said. “They do puberty blockers, they do irreversible—talk to [detransitioner] Chloe Cole; she went through this.”

“That is what Nikki Haley opposed,” the Florida governor added. “She said the law shouldn’t get involved in that, and I just ask you, if you’re somebody who’s going to be president of the United States, and you can’t stand up against child abuse, how are you going to be able to stand up for anything?”


Haley disputed DeSantis’ characterization, bringing up Florida’s HB 1557, the Parental Rights in Education Bill, which has drawn heavy fire from LGBTQ advocates, liberal media, and Democrats.

“I never said that,” she responded. “I said that if you have to be 18 to get a tattoo, you should have to be 18 to have anything done to change your gender.”

“You said the law should stay out of it,” DeSantis responded.:snip:

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1. Who Won? Who Cares? Actually The Winner  was those who are not Die Hard Trumpers.

2. The Best "Debate" So Far. Reason being Right/Center/Right moderators asking questions those of us on The Right/Center Right are actually interested in.

3. l still don't like Vivek. If he were to win, he would make Donald Trumps 1st 2 years look like a Sunday School Picnic. He Has No Clue. A good solid Libertarian. A White House staffed by Reason Magazine & The CATO institute, The Oath of office taken on The Road To Serfdom.

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Dec 7, 2023 #FoxNews

Republican presidential candidate Gov. Ron DeSantis calls out his opponents for their stance on gender identity policies and shares his takeaways from the latest GOP debate.

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