MIAMI, FLORIDA (NBC NEWS) – Five Republican presidential candidates faced off Wednesday night in Miami in a debate hosted by NBC News and sanctioned by the Republican National Committee.
The debate was moderated by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, “Meet the Press” moderator Kristen Welker and Hugh Hewitt, host of “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on Salem Radio Network.
The biggest clashes were between former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who split over foreign policy. Haley called Ramaswamy “scum” and he mocked her shoes.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came out swinging quickly, trying to criticize both former President Donald Trump, who is the GOP front-runner in the polls and didn’t attend the debate, and the rest of the field.
The candidates sparred over abortion, trading barbs over how Republicans should be talking about the issue in the wake of Tuesday’s election defeats pegged to the issue.
There was a heated exchange over China and the use of TikTok, during which Ramaswamy criticized Haley’s adult daughter for using the app.
The two other debate participants were former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who struggled to have a moment.
– NBC NEWS
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