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Republican Presidential Candidates Clash at Fourth GOP Primary Debate

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Republican Presidential Candidates Clash at Fourth GOP Primary Debate

Four Republican presidential candidates recently faced off in Alabama during the fourth GOP primary debate. The debate occurred just weeks before the pivotal New Hampshire primary and Iowa Caucus, setting the stage for intense discussions on America's economy, foreign policy, and a range of national issues. The spotlight was on how the candidates intend to challenge former President Donald Trump in the Republican primary, despite his absence and refusal to attend GOP debates.

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Nikki Haley Takes a Stand Against Antisemitism

Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor, has been rising in polls in important early voting states, making her a primary target for other candidates. During the debate, Haley denounced Tuesday's House Education Committee hearing on antisemitism on college campuses. She proposed that the federal government could take punitive actions against colleges and universities, including risking their tax-exempt status. Additionally, she suggested limiting the influence of the social media app TikTok, known for amplifying antisemitic content.

Chris Christie Critiques Colleagues and Warns Against Trump

Chris Christie, in his turn, criticized Ron DeSantis for evading a question about Donald Trump's mental fitness for presidency. He rebuked his colleagues for their fear of offending Trump, emphasizing the need for forthrightness in future negotiations with global leaders. Christie also warned against a second Trump presidency, suggesting that it would be characterized by retribution, particularly in the areas of immigration and energy.

The debate also saw intense discussions on immigration and border policies, with a special focus on the opioid crisis and the role of a border wall in curbing drug smuggling. The burden of student loans and the value of college education were also debated, considering their impact on young voters. Foreign policy was a contentious topic, with Vivek Ramaswamy equating aggressive stances with the neoconservative approach of Dick Cheney.

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