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Skipped the First GOP Debate? Catch Up Here. 3 min read

Skipped the First GOP Debate? Catch Up Here.

Couldn't watch it. If you couldn't either, here's a preferable alternative to hear what was said.

By Cary Littlejohn

If you didn't bother with the spectacle that was the battle-for-second-place in the 2024 Republican primary race, nobody could possibly blame you. But if you want to know what these hopeful would-be-leaders said, here are some good recap podcast episodes from The Daily (The New York Times) and NPR's Politics Podcast.

A Fiery First Republican Debate — Without Trump - The Daily
Last night, Republicans held their first debate of the 2024 presidential cycle without the party’s dominant candidate onstage: Donald J. Trump. Maggie Haberman, a senior political correspondent for The Times, walks us through the debate and discusses how it might influence the rest of the race.
What Happened At The First 2024 Republican Primary Debate - The NPR Politics Podcast
Every weekday, NPR’s best political reporters are there to explain the big news coming out of Washington and the campaign trail. They don’t just tell you what happened. They tell you why it matters. Every afternoon.Political wonks - get wonkier with The NPR Politics Podcast+. Your subscription suppo…

And, if you want a recap from an opposing political point of view (as I also enjoy in addition to these straightforward news recaps), here's a thoroughly cogent and relatable breakdown from the guys at Pod Save America.

Who won the first Republican debate? - Pod Save America
Ramaswamy dominated, DeSantis dodged, Christie attacked the wrong guy—and Trump and Tucker Carlson talked about Jeffrey Epstein. Tommy and Dan recap the lowest lows of the first Republican debate, and Republican strategist Sarah Longwell joins to explain whether any of this matters to real-life vote…