Winners and Losers from the 2nd 2024 GOP Presidential Debate
Summary from AllSides News Team
News sources from the right, left and center picked their winners and losers from the second 2024 Republican presidential primary debate.
Winners: Many agreed that former President Donald Trump was a winner even though he was not on the debate stage. Trump remains far ahead of his competitors in national polls, and several of his rivals called for his border policies to be reinstated. Of those on stage, many agreed that Nikki Haley was a winner for appearing experienced and strong, with the Washington Times (Lean Right bias) also praising Tim Scott for being more forceful in the second debate.
Mixed Reviews: The Hill (Center bias) gave Ron DeSantis and Scott mixed reviews for performing well but not having any break-out moments. The Hill also gave mixed reviews to Chris Christie, who may not have won over primary voters but did stay on his message of attacking Trump.
Losers: The Washington Post (Lean Left) and the Washington Times gave low marks to DeSantis, saying he did nothing to change his second-place status. Others on the right and in the center added a few names to the "losers" list: Vivek Ramaswamy (for struggling with attacks), Mike Pence (for weak responses), and Doug Burgum (for not landing a punch).
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From the RightWinners and losers in the second GOP presidential debate
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From the LeftThe winners and losers of the second Republican debate
Seven Republican candidates for president faced off at the second presidential debate of the 2024 election Wednesday night in Simi Valley, Calif. Again absent was the GOP’s runaway front-runner, former president Donald Trump.
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From the CenterWinners and losers of the second GOP presidential debate
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