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Second Republican presidential debate draws fewer viewers than first, with 9.5 million watching

Sep. 28, 2023 19:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The second Republican presidential debate this week attracted fewer viewers than the first debate in August, with an estimated 9.5 million tuning into Wednesday night's event. The debate was the second in a row that the front-runner, former President Donald Trump,...

Donald Trump skipped the GOP debate again. This time, his rivals took him on directly

Sep. 28, 2023 10:48 AM EDT

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Several of Donald Trump’s rivals stepped up their attacks against him in the second Republican presidential debate, urgently trying to dent the former president's commanding primary lead during an event that often seemed like an undercard without him. ...

Christie calls Trump 'Donald Duck,' DeSantis knocks former president and other debate takeaways

Sep. 28, 2023 10:15 AM EDT

Seven Republican presidential hopefuls gathered at the Reagan Library in California on Wednesday for the second of the party’s primary debates. The contest's dominant front-runner — former President Donald Trump — skipped the event again. With less than four months until the...

The candidates went after Biden — and Trump — at the second GOP debate. Follow live updates

Sep. 27, 2023 23:38 PM EDT

The seven candidates on stage for Wednesday night's second presidential debate went after President Joe Biden, one another and the absent GOP front-runner. The at-times chaotic event featured staple questions about immigration, economics and abortion but also spawned a new nickname...

How to watch the second Republican debate tonight

Sep. 27, 2023 11:15 AM EDT

The second Republican presidential debate is drawing near with a smaller onstage lineup than the first event last month. The Republican National Convention confirmed seven candidates will be on the Simi Valley debate stage. The party set a number of markers that candidates needed to...

Ronald Reagan famously spoke of the 'ash heap of history.' So do several GOP candidates today

Sep. 27, 2023 09:50 AM EDT

The words don't stir the collective national memory like, “ Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." But for students of Ronald Reagan's more notable speeches, “the ash heap of history" may ring a bell, one chiming regularly during the 2024 Republican presidential campaign. ...

California, a liberal bastion, may give Donald Trump an unlikely boost in 2024

Sep. 26, 2023 10:36 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Few corners of the U.S. may be less hospitable to Donald Trump than California, where he lost by more than 5 million votes in the 2020 election. But as the former president seeks to return to the White House, the liberal bastion may give him an unlikely boost. A...

7 candidates have qualified for the second Republican presidential debate. Here's who missed the cut

Sep. 26, 2023 07:10 AM EDT

The field for the second Republican presidential debate will be smaller than the first. Seven candidates have qualified for Wednesday night's debate at Ronald Reagan's presidential library in California, the Republican National Committee said, confirming that former Arkansas Gov. Asa...

RNC's livestreaming partner for the GOP debate is a haven for disinformation and extremism

Sep. 25, 2023 00:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The second Republican presidential debate will be broadcast Wednesday on Fox Business Network and Univision, but the exclusive online livestream will take place on Rumble, an alternative video-sharing platform that has been criticized for allowing— and at times promoting —...

3rd Republican presidential debate is set for Nov. 8 in Miami, with the strictest qualifications yet

Sep. 22, 2023 16:56 PM EDT

The third Republican presidential debate will be held in Miami on Nov. 8, a day after several states hold off-year elections, and candidates will be facing the most stringent requirements yet to take part. Participating candidates must secure 4% of the vote in multiple polls and...