The third Republican presidential debate of the 2024 cycle went down last night and boy, was it a doozy. You had NBC News anchors and the Salem Radio Network’s Hugh Hewitt mediating, trying to keep the peace as the candidates took the stage. Compared to past debates, this one was a bit more orderly; the candidates actually followed the rules for once. Can you imagine? But those rules didn’t even let the candidates who were being bashed respond right away. What kind of debate is that? It’s like pitting someone’s hands behind their back and telling them to fight. Despite a few candidates stepping up and looking the part, the debate didn’t shake up the race in any significant way, which only benefits the absent frontrunner, Donald Trump.
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At a debate watch party in Miami, folks were all about Ron DeSantis, surprise, surprise, since he’s the home state favorite. But when the question was posed about whether the debate changed the competition at all, not a single person thought it did. Not one! And with Trump leading by a landslide, that’s the real headline here, folks. The former president even had his own event in Florida, where he nabbed an endorsement from Arkansas Governor Sarah Sanders.
DeSantis and Nikki Haley came out swinging with some strong answers, but the real heat came when they all butted heads over China and energy. The most memorable moment? When Vivek Ramaswamy took a jab at Haley’s daughter during a TikTok discussion. Not cool, Vivek, not cool.
The debate finally touched on the economy about an hour in, because who cares about that stuff, right? The abortion segment got a bit more attention, with Tim Scott delivering the traditional pro-life stance, Chris Christie talking states’ rights, and DeSantis, Haley, and Ramaswamy offering more nuanced takes. But let’s be real, the only thing that’s gonna shake up this race is if early state voters decide to shift the narrative. And guess what? Trump is in the lead in all of them. Looks like he’s still stealing the show.
Next up, the next debate is set for early December in Alabama, and surprise, surprise, Trump might not show up for that one either. But hey, the real show is in January when the Iowa caucuses kick off. Until then, we’ll just have to deal with the cringeworthy “fact-checking” industry. Ugh, don’t get me started on that.