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Republican debate key moments: Haley’s ‘scum’ swipe, Christie’s Warren Buffett shoutout

GOP presidential contenders clashed in Miami, as front-runner Donald Trump once again skipped a face-off with his rivals.

The Republican National Committee announced November 6, 2023 that five presidential candidates have met the criteria to participate in Wednesday's third primary debate in Miami. They are former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott.
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Five Republican presidential candidates took the stage in Miami on Wednesday night for the third debate of the 2024 GOP primary cycle, with pressure mounting and time running out to shake up the race.

But once again, they were denied a chance to fire at their biggest rival, former President Donald Trump, whose decision to skip the primary debates has not damaged his commanding lead in the polls.

The two-hour debate, hosted by NBC News, kicked off at 8 p.m. ET at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Salem Radio Network and the Republican Jewish Coalition were selected as partners by the Republican National Committee.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former United Nations Ambassador