Republican debate: Five takeaways as Haley and DeSantis face off

Republican presidential candidates Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley squared off in a tense debate on Wednesday, trading barbs just days before the Iowa caucuses.
Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley
Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley
Donald Trump, the consistent frontrunner in the race for the party's 2024 nomination, once again chose not to attend and held a Fox News town hall event at the same time.

But despite the former president's commanding lead in the polls and absence from the stage, the stakes were still high at the debate in a snowy Des Moines.

Mr DeSantis and Ms Haley are battling to position themselves as the main alternative to Mr Trump in the race, and both will be hoping a strong second place finish in Iowa on Monday could breathe new life into their campaigns.

Here's what we learned when they went head to head
source: bbc

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