The second Republican presidential primary debate — which was hosted by Fox Business Network and Univision in California’s Simi Valley on Sept. 27, 2023 — saw seven GOP candidates take the stage: North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, U.S. Senator Tim Scott and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Once again, former President Donald Trump — who remains the GOP frontrunner — skipped the debate, just as he refused to participate in the first one, which took place in August.
See what Hollywood stars and other notable names had to say about what happened during the second Republican debate…
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Megyn Kelly weighed in on the second Republican presidential debate multiple times on X, formerly Twitter, sharing comments including:
“Seriously: Ron DeSantis, you do not need to smile the whole debate. Whoever told you that misled you.”
“Moderators, once again, lost all control.”
“Christie: ‘Vivek put your hand down.’ Well done. My kids liked it.”
“Vivek now trying to fix how annoying he was at the last debate. ‘I’m not a know it all.'”
“Vivek who at 1st debate said everyone on stage but Vivek was bought and paid for now says we shouldn’t be hurling personal insults.”
“The lighting is terrible. The Qs lack any charge which is why we are getting these boring answers. The Mike Pence sniffing is weird. Vivek needs a haircut. DeSantis looks sweaty. ‘Donald Duck’ line was lame. Certainly hope it gets better from here.”
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“Tonight’s debate was unwatchable… What a train-wreck.” –Eric Trump
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Donald Trump Jr. took to X to write “Rhonda Santis” followed by several laughing-crying face emojis alongside a video clip of Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis getting his makeup touched up during the second Republican presidential debate.
Asked if he was going to watch the second Republican presidential candidate debate, country music singer John Rich replied on X, formerly Twitter, “I would, but I decided to go to an all night dentist and get a perfectly healthy molar drilled out.”
“Could someone other than Fox moderate debates?” Ann Coulter wrote on X, formerly Twitter. Some of her other commentary included, “NO MODERATORS! Let the candidates ask one another questions, like Lincoln and Douglas. Also, lose the audience,” “Man, Nikki is annoying,” and “The best thing about Vivek is he steals all his best ideas from DeSantis, so I do think he’d listen to the right people.”
“Just a Charmer,” John Cusack wrote on X, formerly Twitter, of Ron DeSantis’s performance in response to commentary on a video of the Florida governor that read, “Oh my, DeSantis did it again tonight: the rant, followed by the forced smile, followed by the grimace. Hilarious. He is beyond saving.”
Mark Hamill posted a photo of the Marx brothers on X, formerly Twitter, with the message, “What I’m watching instead of tonight’s #GOPDebate.”
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