Fifth GOP presidential primary debate: on Principles & Values

Chris Christie: I'd rather lose by telling the truth than lie to win

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former President Donald Trump's most vocal critic, dropped out of the 2024 presidential race [the week before the Iowa caucuses] issuing a severe warning about the former president and his impact on the nation.

Christie made the announcement at an event in New Hampshire, telling a group of less than 100 voters that he has been "in this race to tell the truth."

"If we want to change this party, and if we want to change this country, it's hard work. It's not easy," Christie said. "From the moment I got into the race, the decision that I made was really simple: I would rather lose by telling the truth than lie in order to win."

Source: CNN 2024 pre-Iowa caucus one-on-one debate Jan 10, 2024

Donald Trump: Says "No time for retribution"; FactCheck: fundraises on it

I'm not going to have time for retribution. We're going to make this country so successful again, I'm not going to have time for retribution and remember this, our ultimate retribution is success. I tell you this, we're going to have a success that's so great that I won't have, hopefully, I won't have time for retribution. There won't be retribution. There'll be success.

Fact Check by Mediaite , 1/11/24: Trump's claim to be squarely focused on policy is questionable, given the fact that he has repeatedly declared himself the "retribution" of his supporters and threatened to weaponize the government against his political foes. Just hours before Trump's town hall, his campaign sent out a fundraising email that literally began with the proclamation "I AM YOUR RETRIBUTION!"

Source: Mediaite FactCheck: Fox news Town Hall 2024 pre-Iowa caucus Jan 10, 2024

Donald Trump: I said I'm going to be a dictator for one day

So I said, I'm going to be a dictator for one day. They cut it, they go, "I'm going to be a dictator." But they cut the rest of the sentence. No, no, I am not going to be a dictator. I'm going to manage like we did. We were so successful that the country was coming together. It was actually coming together and coming together well, it was a beautiful thing to see and we're going to do that again.
Source: Fox News Town Hall 2024 pre-Iowa caucus Jan 10, 2024

Nikki Haley: Pardon Trump: he was the right President at the right time

I personally think President Trump was the right President at the right time. I agree with a lot of his policies. But, the reality is, rightly or wrongly, chaos follows him. And we all know that's true. Chaos follows him. And we can't have a country in disarray, and a world on fire and go through four more years of chaos. We won't survive it. And you don't defeat Democrat chaos with Republican chaos.

For me, it's not about guilt or innocence. It's about what's in the best interest for the country. And I don't think our country will move forward with an 80-year -old president sitting in jail that allows our country to continue to be divided. I think pardoning Trump and moving on is in the best interest of our country if we're going to heal and if we're going to get back together, and get out of the chaos.

Source: CNN Town Hall 2024 pre-Iowa caucus Jan 4, 2024

Nikki Haley: Show people how you're similar, not how you're different

I remember when I would get teased on the playground and I would come home, my mom would always say, your job is not to show them how you're different. Your job is to show them how you're similar. It's amazing how that lesson on the playground played throughout my life, because whether it was in the corporate world or as governor or as ambassador, when you're first faced with a challenge, if you talk about what you have in common, people let their guard down, and then you can get to a solution.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2024 pre-Iowa caucus Jan 4, 2024

Donald Trump: Questions Nikki Haley's eligibility for presidency

Former President Trump promoted a false conspiracy theory questioning 2024 rival Nikki Haley's eligibility to serve as president in a social media post. Trump reposted a report from the right-wing website The Gateway Pundit that suggested Haley was not a U.S. citizen because her parents, who immigrated from India, were not citizens at the time of her birth. But Haley was born in the U.S. in 1972, and as a result is a U.S. citizen who is eligible to run for president. Haley's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

While Trump did not add any commentary to the post, it is not the first time he has tried to sow doubt about the legitimacy of a political opponent's right to serve in the White House. Trump rose to political prominence in part by pushing the false and racist claim that then-President Obama was not born in the U.S. During the 2016 GOP primary, he claimed Sen. Ted Cruz, one of his rivals at the time, was ineligible for the White House because he was born in Canada.

Source: The Hill analysis of 2024 pre-Iowa caucus Jul 19, 2022

Donald Trump: Questions Kamala Harris' eligibility for vice-presidency

Trump spent years pushing lies about the birthplace and presidential eligibility of President Barack Obama, the first Black president. [This week], he started floating a new birther lie about Sen. Kamala Harris, who, if elected, would be the first Black and Asian American vice president.

Trump was told about claims on "social media" that Harris might be ineligible to serve as president and vice president. He was then asked if he can definitively say that she meets the requirements. Trump referred to a lawyer who raised the issue, Chapman University professor John Eastman, as "very highly qualified."

Trump concluded his comments by saying, "I just heard about it, I'll take a look." Nonetheless, his just-asking-questions posture--which he also employed with his Obama birtherism--doesn't change the fact that he gave credence to the conspiracy theory by praising the author of the article, saying he had heard Harris is not eligible, and raising the possibility that Harris was not born in the US.

Source: CNN FactCheck of 2024 pre-Iowa caucus Jul 19, 2022

Donald Trump: Questions Ted Cruz's eligibility for presidency

Is Ted Cruz constitutionally eligible to serve as president? Very few people are willing to say he isn't, exactly. But there sure are a lot of questions being raised.

Cruz, who was born in Canada to a US citizen mother and a noncitizen father, is definitely a US citizen. But is he a "natural-born citizen," as the Constitution requires?

When this question initially came up, when Cruz declared his candidacy for president (and then when Donald Trump started the whole "raising the question" thing earlier this month), the conventional wisdom among constitutional lawyers was that it was a non-issue: Cruz was obviously eligible. But the debate has heated up.

Here's the problem: The Constitution doesn't define "natural born Citizen." Neither does any current law. And no one has ever brought a court case to decisively settle the question.

Trump has taken to citing Laurence Tribe, who was Cruz's law professor at Harvard, now the leading scholar raising questions about Cruz's eligibility.

Source: "Explainer" of 2024 pre-Iowa caucus Jul 19, 2022

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