GOP Presidential Candidates Take Part In Second Debate


(From L) North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, former Governor from South Carolina and UN ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, US Senator from South Carolina Tim Scott and former US Vice President Mike Pence attend the second Republican presidential primary debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on September 27, 2023. Photo: ROBYN BECK / AFP / Getty Images

Republican presidential hopefuls are speaking on the current auto worker's strike. In a debate on the Fox News Channel, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy said he doesn't have a lot of patience for union bosses, but does have sympathy for workers on the picket line. He argued workers should instead go picket in front of the White House, claiming President Joe Biden's economic policies are responsible for stagnant wages and inflation. He said he would "unlock American energy" and put people back to work.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Donald Trump failed in his immigration policies.

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley added we need to secure the border and defund sanctuary cities. She said any money should be spent first to "make America safe."

Ramaswamy said it's time to militarize the southern border.

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott says President Biden's policies are driving up the cost of child care. The Republican presidential candidate says costs for daycare have gone over $15,000 per child. He said the way to fix that problem is to cut taxes and give more Americans their money back. Scott recounted his work on cutting taxes during the Trump administration.

Christie said he's the only GOP hopeful that has tackled crime. Christie said it's time to bring law and order back to the country.

DeSantis said he's tackling crime in his state and removing prosecutors who are not going after criminals.

Haley said there are too many stolen guns on the street.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum said democrats should stop going after Second Amendment rights.

Former Vice President Mike Pence said he'll tackle Obamacare by giving more power to the states.

DeSantis said the U.S. needs to tackle "big pharma."

Haley said the price of healthcare can come down by making insurance prices more transparent. She added more power needs to be given to patients.

Burgum said the federal government needs to get out of the way and stop "picking winners and losers" in the health care industry.

DeSantis said he wants the Europeans to pay more to fund Ukraine in its battle against Russia.

DeSantis then pivoted on the topic and said more funds need to go to the Southern Border.

Scott said it's in America's interest to degrade the Russian military.

Ramaswamy blasted the government of Ukraine, and said a reasonable peace plan that benefits America must be sought.

Scott said the 9-11 attacks were part of a larger intelligence breakdown.

Pence said a strong national defense is vital to stop another attack. He added someone with a strong conservative background is best suited to lead the country.

The debate is without former President Trump, the party's front-runner who met instead with striking UAW workers in Michigan.


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