Republican Debate:  Wednesday is the third Republican Presidential debate and again former President Donald Trump will miss the event.  As I have written at the time of the two previous debates, as someone who has worked on debate strategy and prep for US Senate candidates, I would be advising the former President to skip the debates.

In my view, with his commanding lead, President Trump could only lose ground to his opponents.  He surely doesn’t need to introduce himself to voters, a gaffe could cost him support, and it denies his competitors the opportunity to deliver a blow on national television.

This will be the first debate since Vice President Pence dropped out and some other fringe candidates will be missing.  At this point it appears that Haley and DeSantis will be on stage, along with Ramaswamy, and Christi.  A fifth possible candidate on stage is SC Senator Tim Scott, but the Republican National Committee hasn’t made a final determination on his eligibility.

As former SC Governor Nikki Haley has moved up in the polls, she and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have the most both to gain and lose. Haley has done well in the past debates and has tied DeSantis in many of the recent polls, while DeSantis needs to lay down a marker that he ...

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