The first Republican presidential debate occured on Wednesday (Aug. 23), placing Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and New Jersey Gov, Chris Christie and more on stage. Notably missing was President Donald Trump. Trump skipped the debate due to his massive lead in the polls and Ramaswamy was the target of the night due to his lack of political experience.
Following the debate, Vice President Kamala Harris released a statement:
“No one on stage ‘won’ tonight’s debate. Instead, the American people heard how much they stand to lose from an extremist agenda.
“One by one, each extremist Republican candidate laid out a vision for an America that is less fair, less free, and less safe. These candidates want to raise costs for working families in order to benefit special interests and the ultra-wealthy. To gut Social Security and Medicare. To strip fundamental rights and basic freedoms from millions of people. And to reverse the Bidenomics strategy that has helped create 13 million jobs, the strongest two years of small business creation in history, and record-low unemployment.
“These extremists focus on unnecessary debates meant to divide our nation in hopes that the American public will not notice they have no affirmative agenda.
“President Biden and I will continue to grow the economy from the bottom up and the middle out and build a nation in which all people can truly thrive. We are laser-focused on finishing the job we’ve started: to create good jobs, lower costs, fix America’s roads and bridges, create a clean energy economy, protect a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body, keep our children safe from gun violence, and make sure all Americans can dream about their future with ambition and aspiration.”