-By Ryan Gildersleeve-
The fourth republican debate of this election cycle took place last night in Alabama, and showed a variety of key signs that this field of candidate may not be what most had expected.
As usual, the debate was a mess of yelling over one another, pulling up odd information, and terrible one liners from Chris Christie. What was new was the visible change in direction from Vivek Ramaswamy and Ron DeSantis, both of whom decided to use the majority of their time to attack fellow candidate Nikki Haley.
Haley has been gaining ground throughout this election cycle as her calm demeanor has been viewed as a refreshing force in the GOP, this obviously has been enough of a new development to land on the other candidate’s radars though, as the Florida governor and Ramaswamy dug into Haley about her supposed lack of geographical knowledge, choice in donors, and the bathroom selection of trans people.
This was an odd situation, leaving Chris Christie to be the voice of reason, as he told off the remaining candidates, stating, “We disagree about some issues, and we disagree about who should be president of the United States, but we don’t disagree on this: This is a smart accomplished woman.”
Christie ended up doing himself some favors throughout the night, repeatedly catching Ron DeSantis on his inability to answer questions directly.
This included stating in the early stages of the debate, “When you go and you say the truth about somebody who is a dictator, a bully, who has taken shots at everybody, whether they’ve given him great service or not over time, who dares to disagree with him, then I understand why these three are timid to say anything about it… Maybe it’s because they have future aspirations; maybe those future aspirations are now or maybe they’re four years from now. But the fact of the matter is, the truth needs to be told.”
As the race develops, you can be sure we’ll keep you updated here on news central.