(FixThisNation.com) – The first part of Fox News Power Ranking was released ahead of the second 2024 Republican primary debate with the second part expected to be released on Thursday.
Following the first Republican primary debate, many of the Republican presidential candidates have become more vocal about the divide within the GOP. Former Vice President Mike Pence in a speech in New Hampshire specifically referred to Republicans needing to make a choice between conservatism and populism.
So far, the majority of Republican primary voters appear to be more attracted to candidates promoting populist ideals, which could change the direction of the primary race. These two ideas change the policies and ideas promoted in a number of different key issues including spending, foreign policy, and trust in government institutions.
Populist candidates have generally been against changes in Social Security and Medicate programs and have argued that entitlement spending should not be cut. Conservative candidates have been far more focused on reducing the country’s debt and cutting spending. In terms of foreign policy, populist candidates are not in favor of the U.S. sending additional resources to Ukraine, which is something conservatives have argued is imperative. Finally, populist candidates appear to be distrustful of government institutions, which is something that some conservatives share as a perspective.
Still, the top candidates of the Republican party do not appear to be fitting neatly into either of these two categories. Former President Donald Trump and Vivek Ramaswamy are often considered to be populist candidates while Former Governor Nikki Haley and Pence are on the traditional conservative side of this debate.
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