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March 28, 2019
The Republican Party Should Not Re-Nominate Trump
The Republican Party Should Not Re-Nominate Trump

Americans are gearing up for the 2020 presidential elections, and Republicans have a choice: Should Donald Trump be their nominee? His detractors see a politically vulnerable candidate caught up in the uncertainty of the Mueller investigation, wounded by the longest government shutdown in history, and defeated by House Democrats who refused his demand for border wall funding. But many are standing behind the president. They argue his passionate and loyal base will deliver yet another political win, particularly if his campaign finally has the full support and guidance of the Republican Party. Can Trump deliver key swing states and another victory for the GOP? Or is he the wrong choice for the American right?

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Winner

For The Motion
81 %
16 %
Against The Motion
3 %
Undecided
Pre-Debate
For The Motion
61 %
21 %
Against The Motion
18 %
Undecided
Breakdown
For The Motion
11% - Swung From the Against Side
57% - Remained For the For Side
13% - Swung From Undecided
Against The Motion
10% - Remained For the Against Side
3% - Swung From the For Side
3% - Swung From Undecided
Undecided
0% - Swung From the Against Side
1% - Swung From the For Side
2% - Remained Undecided
Post-Debate
Winner

For the Motion
63 %
36 %
Against the Motion
2 %
Undecided
Pre-Debate
For the Motion
60 %
34 %
Against the Motion
6 %
Undecided
Breakdown
For the Motion
6% - Swung From the Against Side
53% - Remained For the For Side
3% - Swung From Undecided
Against the Motion
28% - Remained For the Against Side
5% - Swung From the For Side
3% - Swung From Undecided
Undecided
0% - Swung From the Against Side
2% - Swung From the For Side
0% - Remained Undecided
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Is Donald Trump a Conservative?
New York Times columnist Bret Stephens compares Donald Trump to presidents of the past, including Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
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Promises Made, Promises Kept
Fox News correspondent Liz Peek argues that President Trump is keeping his promises and preserving the American dream.
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Swing States
Former Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach says Trump has what it takes to win the Rust Belt again.
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Immigration
What is the Republican Party’s message on immigration? New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and former Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach debate.
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Audience Question: Climate Change
Liz Peek and Jeff Flake discuss the Republican Party’s handling of – and messaging for – climate change.
About The Debaters
For The Motion
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Jeff Flake − Fmr. U.S. Senator, Arizona
The Honorable Jeff Flake is the former U.S. Senator from Arizona, where he served from 2013 to 2019. Before that, he... read bio
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Bret Stephens − Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times
Bret Stephens is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who is currently an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and... read bio
Against The Motion
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Kris Kobach − Fmr. Secretary of State, Kansas
Kris W. Kobach is the former secretary of state for Kansas and former professor of constitutional law at the... read bio
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Liz Peek − Fox News Contributor & Columnist
Liz Peek is a Fox News contributor and a columnist for The Hill and FoxNews.com. She has written for the bipartisan... read bio
Main Points
For The Motion
  • The GOP is the party of free markets, and Trump’s deployment of tariffs strays from Republican ideals. It’s time for Republicans to nominate a candidate who embraces all conservative values.
  • Since he took office, President Trump and his inner circle have been entangled in controversies, and the Trump administration has left nearly 40 percent of cabinet positions unfilled. It is in the GOP’s best interest to nominate a new candidate who will appoint strong and experienced officials.
  • From pulling out of international agreements and dismissing our European allies to cozying up to dictators in Russia and North Korea, critics question Trump’s foreign policy agenda and whether it’s right for America.
  • Trump’s stance on immigration – including the border wall, child separation policies, and the Muslim ban – have drawn criticism and in some cases, been questioned by the courts. The Republican Party should support a primary challenger who will advocate for less divisive immigration policies.   
Against The Motion
  • The United States is enjoying a prosperous and thriving economy under Trump, and Americans are taking notice. Supporters say a change in leadership could imperil economic conditions.
  • Trump maintains an impassioned and loyal base of supporters, plus he has history on his side: As an incumbent, Trump is more likely to beat a newcomer in the primaries, and a challenger could hurt his chances in the general election. 
  • From the JCPOA to the TPP, President Trump has shown his supporters he isn’t afraid to pull out of agreements he believes to be against America’s interests. And, they say, he’s putting America’s security and prosperity above that of other countries. 
  • The president is keeping his campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration with the goal of securing America’s borders, and he should be re-elected to see these policies through.