2nd Republican Debate: What to Watch for Tonight

2nd Republican Debate: What to Watch for Tonight

Seven potential candidates for the Republican nomination for president other than Donald Trump will gather on Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, to challenge the front-runner, Mr. Trump, in the Republican Party‘s primary election.

Let us see what to look out for in the second debate!

Can DeSantis reverse his losses?

Florida‘s Governor, Ron DeSantis, was long regarded as Mr. Trump’s most formidable opponent. But Mr. DeSantis’ position in the contest has declined following the first debate.

According to recent polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, DeSantis has lost close to half of his support, dropping to third place or below.

To regain momentum, Mr. DeSantis must do more than avoid making a significant error during the debate, like exchanging arguments with Vivek Ramaswamy, who is vying for some of the same hard-right supporters.

Trump Factor

Trump Factor

Mr. Trump was absent from the first debate. Most of his rivals fought among themselves rather than making serious attacks on the front-runner. Trump received more support in the surveys conducted after the debate.

The first votes will be cast in Iowa in January, and time is running out. His challengers have yet to utilize tactics to attack or target the front-runner.

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The RNC’s requirements to qualify for the next debate stage are anticipated to grow even more stringent, so the Wednesday debate may be one of the lower-scoring contenders’ final opportunities to fire shots in front of a huge audience.

Trump’s Critics Next Move

Former Vice President Mike Pence and former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie have portrayed themselves as the “anti-Trumps.”

While Mr. Pence has attacked his former running mate as a fake conservative, Mr. Christie has attacked the former president as a threat to the country. Both arguments have so far failed to convince voters.

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The debate will allow both candidates to develop an anti-Trump narrative that resonates with Republican voters.

Performance of Tim Scott and Haley

Performance of Tim Scott and Haley

Ms. Haley stood out with her responses on abortion and foreign policy while gaining the advantage of establishing herself as the “adult in the room” as her male competitors quarreled.

She also positioned herself above fellow South Carolinian Senator Tim Scott as the conservative of the future who might win over independents and some disgruntled Democrats. Mr. Scott started to fade on stage in Milwaukee, so he must make a big impression at the Reagan Library to cut into Ms. Haley’s gains.


The federal government appears to be heading for a shutdown this Sunday as Congress is paralyzed into inaction by a fragmented Republican majority in the House that cannot enact the spending bills required to keep federal agencies working past September 30.

Mr. Trump has urged his supporters to vote against any spending measure that continues funding the Justice Department’s prosecution of him.

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It is almost inevitable that the seven candidates on stage will be questioned about their opinions. Their responses may serve as a helpful counterpoint to Mr. Trump’s order to “SHUT IT DOWN!”

Candidates Statements Regarding Ukraine

A crucial foreign policy decision is at the core of the impending shutdown: Should the US continue providing military support to Ukrainian forces facing Russia’s invading army?

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Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail are divided on the subject. Will they uphold their pro-Ukraine stances or cave into Republican demands to shut down the government and halt taxpayer dollars from flowing to Kyiv?


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Nancy Beverly

Nancy Beverly is a prominent political journalist and editor at World-Wire, known for her sharp analysis and deep understanding of global politics. With a Master's degree in Political Science, she excels in breaking down complex political issues, making them relatable to the public. At World-Wire, Nancy crafts compelling political narratives covering everything from local governance to international relations. Recognized for her expertise, she received the 'Excellence in Political Journalism' award in 2021. Nancy's work not only informs but also enriches her readers' understanding of political dynamics.

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