Seven Republican candidates took to the debate stage this week in California for the second presidential primary debate ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
Former President Donald Trump did not participate. He is currently the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, according to many polls.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum participated in the debate.
According to The Christian Post, among the topics discussed during the debate was the pending government shutdown and U.S. economics in general.
"Voters should blame everybody who's in Washington, D.C.,” Christie said of a possible government shutdown.
On the debt, Christie said, "We don't get any answers because Joe Biden hides in his basement and won't answer as to why he's raising the debt the way he's done," and Trump "hides behind the walls of his golf clubs."
DeSantis called the possible government shutdown a result of “reckless behavior” by “the people in Washington.”
Ramaswamy also faced criticism from his opponents, including comments from Scott, who said that Ramaswamy had previously been “in business with the Chinese Communist Party” and had been a “partner” of the “same people that funneled Hunter Biden millions of dollars.”
Ramaswamy called the claims “nonsense.”
On the topic of mass shootings in the U.S., Pence promised that if elected, he would pass a federal expedited death penalty for anyone involved in a mass shooting “so that they will meet their fate in months, not years.”
"We have to meet out justice and send a message to these would-be killers that you are not going to live out your days behind bars; you're going to meet justice in this system,” he said.
Haley spoke about her commitment to education, saying schools need to quit spending time on this [diversity, equity, and inclusion] and CRT and instead focus on financial literacy, digital literacy, and making sure our kids know what they need to do to have the jobs of the next generation.”
The third primary debate is scheduled for early November in Miami, Florida.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.
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