Seven GOP candidates took to the debate stage Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, for the second Republican presidential debate.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum spent two hours answering questions from debate moderators Dana Perino of the Fox News Channel, Stuart Varney of Fox Business Network, and Univision anchor Ilia Calderón. Former two-term Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson did not qualify for the second debate. 

Former President Donald Trump skipped Wednesday night’s debate, opting instead to deliver a speech at an auto parts manufacturer and supplier about 25 miles northeast of Detroit.  

Several significant moments stood out from the second GOP presidential debate, and Nathan Duell, the California state director of Heritage Action for America, joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain how the debate compared to the first one Aug. 23 in Milwaukee and what issues moderators should have addressed, but didn’t. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation. Heritage Action for America is an independent nonprofit organization affiliated with Heritage.)

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