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Former President Donald Trump was again a no-show at the second GOP debate, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t full of good, old-fashioned RINO warmongering and barely intelligible yelling.
However, there were a couple of moments that might have appealed to voters, specifically concerning Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy.
When DeSantis was asked how he planned to win over independent pro-choice voters in Arizona, he responded, “The same way we did in Florida.
“We won the greatest Republican victory in a governor’s race in the history of the state — over 1.5 million votes. We were winning places like Miami-Dade County [and] Palm Beach — that nobody thought was possible — because we were leading with purpose and conviction,” DeSantis continued.
But he wasn’t done.
“I reject this idea that pro-lifers are to blame for midterm defeats. I think there’s other reasons for that. The former president — you know, he’s missing in action tonight — he’s had a lot to say about that. He should be here explaining his comments to try to say that pro-life protections are somehow a terrible thing.”
“That’s exactly what I was thinking,” Keith Malinak tells Pat Gray, who also is enthused by DeSantis’ response.
DeSantis wasn’t the only one with a good answer. Ramaswamy might have stolen the show when he was asked about birthright citizenship.
“I favor ending birthright citizenship for the kids of illegal immigrants in this country,” Vivek told the crowd. “Now, the Left will howl about the Constitution and the 14th Amendment. The difference between me and them is I’ve actually read the 14th Amendment.”
“He’s the only candidate I’ve heard that has brought up this issue,” Pat Gray says. “And I’ve been saying this for decades: stop birthright citizenship.”
“If the kid of a Mexican diplomat doesn’t enjoy birthright citizenship, then neither does the kid of an illegal migrant who broke the law to come here,” Vivek continued. “As the father of two sons, it is hard for me to look them in the eye and say, 'You have to follow the law,' when our own government fails to follow its own laws.”
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