THE second Republican debate has sparked several fiery clashes as the presidential hopefuls answer questions across different topics.
The debate, being hosted by Fox Business, has prompted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to go after former President Trump, while former South Carolina Governor Hikki Haley slammed Vivek Ramaswamy over his TikTok u-turn.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (pictured) has called out former President Donald Trump for skipping another debate
Former President Trump was noticeably absent from the second debateReuters
DeSantis has taken jabs at Trump, who was noticeably absent from Wednesday night’s debate.
“You know who else is missing in action? Donald Trump is missing in action,” DeSantis said.
“He should be on this stage tonight.
“He owes it to you to defend his record.”
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also slammed Trump.
“Donald Trump hides behind his golf clubs and won’t show up here,” Christie said at one point.
Later in the evening, Christie took more serious aim at Trump.
“Donald I know you’re watching. You can’t help yourself,” Christie said addressing the former president.
“You’re not here tonight because you’re afraid of being on this stage and defending your record.”
At the end of the debate, Christie said he’d vote Trump “off the island.”
“He needs to be taken out of this process,” Christie said, speaking of the several candidates vying for the presidency.
Meanwhile, Haley slammed Ramaswamy for changing his opinion on TikTok.
Ramaswamy vouched for the social media platform as a tool Republicans should be using to reach younger voters.
His comments came just days after he appeared in a TikTok video with influencer Jake Paul.
But he had previously denounced TikTok and branded it a Chinese-made threat to America.
“Every time I hear you I feel a little bit dumber from what you say,” Haley said to Ramaswamy after his TikTok explanation.
“We can’t trust you,” she continued.
Trump announced on September 18 that he would skip the second debate.
He also decided not to attend the first debate, held in August.
Instead, Trump spent Wednesday night speaking to auto industry workers near Detroit, Michigan, as they continue to strike.
“You built this country,” Trump said, addressing the crowd.
President Biden was also in Michigan visiting with striking workers.