(USNewsBreak.com) – On Wednesday, December 6, four GOP presidential hopefuls met on the debate stage for the fourth time in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This time, Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former US Ambassador Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis faced each other down, and it didn’t take long for them to disintegrate into name-calling and insults. The former president was once again a no-show, and Christie took advantage of that time to make his case against why Donald Trump isn’t fit for office. Afterward, he had quite a bit to say about the event.
Christie appeared on “Fox & Friends” the day after the debate to discuss how it went, and he didn’t mince words. Speaking about Ramaswamy, he said the candidate is a “drunk driver on the debate stage” because it’s impossible to know “what he’s going to do.”
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Ramaswamy and Haley exchanging verbal blows is nothing new. They’ve been doing it at every debate. But this time, when Ramaswamy said Haley has “basic intelligence,” Christie chimed in and took him to task. The former NJ governor touted Haley’s career, saying she’s “a smart, accomplished woman.” That didn’t mean he had a ringing endorsement for her, however. In summary, he noted that she simply looked like she was ready for it to end, and that wouldn’t play well if she actually landed in the Oval Office because it’s much more challenging than a debate stage.
DeSantis and Haley seemed to have the strongest showing, according to multiple outlets. Yet, Haley became a repeated target and had to defend her stance on transgender policies and her income. DeSantis, fresh off his debate with Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA), took the opportunity to paint the former US ambassador as left-leaning, citing her takes on multiple issues.
Christie also took the time to disparage Trump, but he wasn’t a main topic of conversation, and his lack of appearance at these debates isn’t hurting his numbers. In fact, as of December 8, Trump still sits at the top of the Republican polls, according to FiveThirtyEight, which has him at 59.3%. DeSantis remains his closest contender at 12.6%, and Haley follows slightly behind at 11.6%
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