In a heated and sometimes tense presidential debate, the five candidates running for the highest office in the United States shared their views on foreign policy, with a particular focus on Israel’s conflict with Hamas and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
While there was some common ground on the Israeli issue, sharp divisions emerged over the question of supporting Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.
Unity on Israel-Hamas Conflict:
The candidates found themselves in rare agreement when discussing the Israel-Hamas conflict. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, known for his straightforward approach, minced no words. He declared, “I’d be telling Bibi: Finish the job once and for all with these butchers,” referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by his nickname. It was a sentiment echoed by the other candidates, demonstrating a united front on this particular foreign policy issue.
Sharp Divisions on Ukraine:
In stark contrast to the unity seen on the Israel-Hamas issue, the candidates sharply disagreed on whether the United States should continue to support Ukraine against Russia’s aggression. Vivek Ramaswamy, one of the contenders, left no room for ambiguity in expressing his stance. He issued a lengthy rebuke of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky while accusing Ukraine of harboring Nazism and anti-democratic beliefs. This stance raised eyebrows and drew strong reactions from his fellow candidates.
Tensions Over TikTok:
An unexpected point of contention during the debate revolved around the Chinese-owned social media platform, TikTok. While most candidates were critical of the platform, Vivek Ramaswamy stood out as the lone dissenter, highlighting his use of TikTok as a campaign tool. This led to a heated exchange, with Ramaswamy indirectly referencing Nikki Haley’s daughter’s use of the app, a comment that visibly angered Haley. She retorted, “Leave my daughter out of your voice,” before dismissing Ramaswamy as “scum.”
Christie and Scott: The Fringe Candidates:
Throughout the debate, it became apparent that Chris Christie and Tim Scott were receiving limited attention from the other candidates. The three leading contenders seemed to view Christie and Scott as lagging far behind in the polls, leading to a lack of engagement with them on most issues. Consequently, Christie and Scott largely remained on the periphery of the discussion.
A Surprise Appearance by Tim Scott’s Girlfriend:
In a surprising turn of events, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott introduced his girlfriend, Mindy Noce, to the public for the first time at the conclusion of the third presidential debate. Scott had been notably private about his dating life, even withholding his girlfriend’s name in an earlier interview with the Washington Post. The revelation of their relationship added a personal touch to an otherwise contentious debate.
The presidential race continues to heat up, with foreign policy debates like these shedding light on where each candidate stands on crucial international issues. As the election draws nearer, voters will undoubtedly consider these positions when making their choices. #featured
Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?
Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.
Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.
While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.
Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY
What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry
Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.
The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.
The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.
New Zealand example
Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.
The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.
With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.
Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’
Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.
The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.
In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.
We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.
Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.
This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.
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