They were Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. Former President Donald Trump chose to skip the debate, as he did the first one last month in Milwaukee. Trump spoke to the striking United Auto Workers in Clinton Township, Michigan, on Wednesday night instead. He said at the gathering, “On Day One, I will terminate Joe Biden’s electric vehicle mandate and I will cancel every job-killing regulation that is crushing American auto workers. I will unleash a thing called American energy.” The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Trump with a commanding lead in the race for the Republican nomination. Trump has 56.6 percent support with DeSantis at 14.4 percent, Haley at 5.8 percent, Ramaswamy at 5.1 percent, Pence at 4.2 percent, Scott at 2.8 percent, Christie at 2.7 percent and Burgum at 0.9 percent. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
There couldn’t be a better venue for the Second Republican Primary Debate than Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Library!Tune in this Wednesday at 9pm EST to watch! pic.twitter.com/mX50z6DWok — GOP (@GOP) September 25, 2023