Fiery Showdown: GOP Candidates Bring the Heat in Third Debate

The day’s podcast episode kicks off with a fiery Republican debate in Miami, while Ivanka Trump’s testimony in the New York civil fraud trial is recapped. Negotiations are underway for a potential ceasefire in Gaza, and a new farm bill could help fight climate change. For more, tune in to The Excerpt podcast.

On today’s episode of The Excerpt: GOP presidential candidates faced off in Miami for a third debate, as USA TODAY Justice Department Correspondent Aysha Bagchi recaps Ivanka Trump’s testimony in the New York civil fraud trial. Additionally, negotiations begin for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza, and USA TODAY National Correspondent Elizabeth Weise looks at how a bill could help farmers fight climate change. The actors strike is over. For more exclusive podcast content, including true crime and in-depth interviews, visit USA TODAY podcasts.

Click the player above to listen to the podcast and read the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated and edited for clarity, with potential differences between the audio and text.

Taylor Wilson:
Good morning, I’m Taylor Wilson. Today’s date is Thursday, November 9th, 2023, and this is The Excerpt, formerly known as 5 Things. In this episode, we cover a lively Republican debate, Ivanka Trump’s testimony in a New York civil fraud trial, potential ceasefire negotiations in Gaza, and the implications of a new farm bill for climate change.

In the third primary debate in Miami, GOP presidential candidates engaged in heated discussions, particularly focusing on foreign policy. The smaller lineup of candidates included Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. Notably absent was GOP front-runner and former president, Donald Trump. The debate delved into topics such as foreign policy, migration, and abortion, with viewpoints ranging from bans on TikTok to stricter surveillance at the southern border. For more details on this debate, visit

Meanwhile, in the New York civil fraud trial centered around the Trump organization, Ivanka Trump took the stand and provided testimony. Questions turned to financial statements and inquiries related to her time at the Trump organization. Notably, Ivanka’s demeanor during testimony starkly contrasted her father’s contentious appearance earlier in the week. As the state rests its case, the defense is set to present its argument next week, revealing the significance of the trial for Donald Trump’s business operations in New York.

In Gaza, negotiations are in progress for a potential three-day humanitarian ceasefire facilitated by Qatar, Egypt, and the US, ultimately aiming to facilitate more aid access and the release of hostages held by Hamas. These developments unfold amid a stark death toll rising on both sides, highlighting the urgency of humanitarian intervention.

Lastly, the spotlight turns to the farm bill, a legislative cornerstone that supports agriculture and food production in the US. This year’s iteration proposes significant measures to address climate change, positioning agricultural policy as a pivotal tool in combating environmental challenges.

For deeper insights into these critical issues, tune in to The Excerpt podcast.


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