The debate's primary focus was on Israel, foreign policy, and the potential candidate who could potentially defeat Donald Trump.
The participants in the debate included former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina.
The debate was moderated by Lester Holt, who put the spotlight on businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, asking him to justify why he should be the nominee over Donald Trump.
Ramaswamy took this opportunity to express his dissatisfaction with the Republican National Committee (RNC) and its chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, in a response that was nothing short of explosive.
“I think there’s something deeper going on in the Republican Party here. And I am upset about what happened last night. We’ve become a party of losers,” Ramaswamy stated.
Ramaswamy proceeded to criticize Ronna McDaniel’s leadership of the Republican National Committee. He argued that since McDaniel assumed her role in 2017, the GOP had suffered a series of disappointing defeats, culminating in the absence of the much-anticipated ‘red wave’ in the previous election cycle.
“Let’s speak the truth. I mean, since Ronald McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017, we have lost in 2018, 2020, 2022. No red wave that never came. We got trounced last night in 2023. And I think that we have to have accountability in our party for that matter,” he asserted.
Ramaswamy then challenged McDaniel to resign and concede her position on-stage.
Following the debate, CNN reporter Dana Bash interviewed Ronna McDaniel. The GOP Chair responded to Vivek's criticism and blamed Republican candidates for the losses.
Critics have accused McDaniel of failing to act when Democrats allegedly locked Republicans out of the counting rooms in Arizona, Philadelphia, Georgia, and Detroit during the 2020 election. She has also been criticized for her inaction when two election workers were reportedly caught repeatedly shoving stacks of ballots through the voting machines in Atlanta on election night.
Furthermore, she has been accused of doing nothing when 60% of the machines stopped working in Maricopa County on election day in 2022. Critics also claim she did nothing to question the alleged irregularities in Joe Biden's ballot counts late at night in 2020 or the mysterious delivery of vanloads of ballots at 5 in the morning in Detroit on Election night.
These criticisms have led some to question whether McDaniel is being paid to undermine the Republican Party, a claim that remains unproven. Regardless, the dissatisfaction with her leadership is palpable, and the future of the Republican Party remains uncertain.