The stage is prepared for tomorrow night’s GOP debate in Miami, where five Republican presidential hopefuls will face off. However, it is likely that the frontrunner, Donald Trump, will not be in attendance as he will be holding his own rally in South Florida. Joining me to discuss this is Mark Shore, former consultant to Mike Pence. By the third debate, what do the candidates need to do to have any hope of survival? Well, we can expect a more contentious evening between Nicky and Ron DeSantis.
It seems that the two of them have distanced themselves from Tim Scott, Vivek, and Chris Christie, and that’s where the fireworks will happen. Some may try to engage more in debate, but as time goes on, President Trump’s decision to avoid the debates is unfortunate for the voters.
However, politically, it makes the rest of the debates seem less significant, which has benefited Trump so far. Do they need to go all out against Trump or any other candidate, even if he is not there? It’s a conundrum because the primary voters don’t want you to directly confront Trump, but it’s challenging to gain traction without doing so. This is something we discussed last time, Kate. I still believe that there is a conventional wisdom suggesting that we need to narrow down the candidates to have one person go head-to-head against Trump. However, this conventional wisdom doesn’t hold true in this case.
As more candidates drop out, it becomes increasingly inevitable that Trump will be the nominee. The simplistic notion of a Trump vote and an anti-Trump vote doesn’t apply here..