Four Republican candidates faced off in a presidential debate in Alabama on Wednesday (December 6).
Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy were all in attendance for Wednesday's debate, which marked the last before primary elections kick off in Iowa and New Hampshire next month, per ABC News.
Haley faced several attacks from her Republican challengers as she continues to rise in the primary poles.
"She caves any time the left comes after her," DeSantis said of Haley's stance on hot-button issues like China, social media, and transgender rights. "Any time the media comes after her."
DeSantis stood next to Haley during the debate as both candidates vied for the second place spot to former President Donald Trump, who skipped out on the debate to fundraise in Florida.
Christie, who has built her campaign around attacking Trump, again went after the polling frontrunner, calling him an "angry, bitter man."
"You want to know why those poll numbers are where they are? Because folks like these three guys on the stage make it seem like his conduct is acceptable. Let me make it clear. His conduct is unacceptable," Christie said. "He's unfit, and be careful what you're gonna get if you ever got another Donald Trump term. He's letting you know .... He will only be his own retribution. He doesn't care for the American people, it's Donald Trump first."
Ramaswamy served as a disruptor during the debate, calling Haley a female "Dick Cheney" and holding up a sign that read "Nikki=Corrupt." The GOP candidate took what he referred to as a "pro-American" and "pro-Israel" stance in conservation surrounding the Israel-Hamas war.
"As your next president, my sole moral duty is to you, the people of this country," Ramaswamy said. Referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he said, "That's how I'm going to lead. So I’ll tell Bibi, 'You smoke the terrorists on your southern border, you go ahead, and we're rooting for you. We're going to smoke the terrorists on our southern border,' and that's how I'm going to lead this country."