The Republican Presidential candidates have their fourth debate this week on Wednesday. The field continues to narrow and the only three confirmed participants are Governor Ron DeSantis, former SC Governor Nikki Haley, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. Former NJ Governor Chris Christie is trying to qualify in the days leading up to the debate.

As in the previous debates, former President Trump will not participate. As I have written prior to the past debates, as someone who has done debate strategy and prep for US Senate candidates, I would have advised the former President to skip the debate. He already has a commanding lead and 100% voter name recognition. The debate can only create an embarrassing moment for Trump caused by a sloppy answer or give extra attention to one of his opponents if they lay a solid punch on the leading candidate.

This may be the last time voters in Iowa and New Hampshire see the candidates vying to be Trump’s top challenger before the votes start to be counted. The Iowa Caucus in on January 15, followed by the New Hampshire primary on January 23. These two events could be the moment when voters clearly indicate who will be President Trump’s top opponent. He can skip the debates, but push comes to shove for the former President when the first ...

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