Despite a lack of Trump, the Republican Party hosted its second presidential debate. Seven candidates appeared at the Reagan Library to contend for voters’ support. The night was marked by the usual political bickering.
Most of these candidates are polling in the single digits. Critics might wonder if they can gain enough momentum to bridge the gap between themselves and the frontrunner.
Now, pundits are discussing the night’s performances. And some leaders are revealing whom they thought took the night.
From Fox News:
The winner of the evening was Gov. Ron DeSantis, for whom expectations were low. The audience was reminded of his achievements and why the Florida governor is running second in the GOP primary polls.
Some pundits believe Ron DeSantis came out on top after the second debate. He was able to lean on his successes as Florida’s governor. Despite running against several former governors, it appears his record in the Sunshine State was more impressive to some.
From Fox News:
“I think the winners were Ron DeSantis and Doug Burgum,” Fox News Host Will Cain posted on X…
Conservative commentator Dana Loesch also posted on X that DeSantis “won this debate.” […]
“Nikki Haley was the winner,” New York Post’s Jon Levin posted on X, adding “Sharp, consistent, unflustered, strong rejoinders, clarity — her second strong performance.”
Various pundits discussed the candidates’ performances. But most claimed that DeSantis won the debate. They pointed to his ability to deflect criticism and shut down allegations against his policies. Others claimed Nikki Haley came in first or second, pointing to her “sharp” comments.
An unlikely name that came up a few times was Gov. Doug Burgum. The outgoing governor has not been a prominent figure in the GOP race. But a few commentators believe he came in second in the night’s performances.
Other critics attacked former Vice President Mike Pence and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, claiming it was time for them both to drop out of the race. It remains to be seen if any of these seven candidates will be able to gain enough momentum to pose a threat to Trump’s massive lead.
- Many critics claim Gov. Ron DeSantis won the second GOP primary debate.
- Others said Nikki Haley won the night; some said she came in second.
- A surprise second for some was Doug Burgum.