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Video: Sen. Tim Scott gets under Vivek’s skin, chaos ensues at GOP debate

Sen. Tim Scott announces a police reform bill in Washington, DC on June 17, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Pool/ABACAPRESS.COM/TNS)
September 27, 2023 and

During the second Republican presidential debate on Wednesday, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) took aim at rising GOP candidate and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, accusing Ramaswamy of working with China and being connected to corrupt businessmen linked to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

“In the last debate, [Ramaswamy] said we were all bought and paid for. I thought about that for a little while and said, you know, I can’t image how you can say that knowing that you were just in business with the Chinese Communist Party and the same people that funded Hunter Biden millions of dollars was a partner of your’s, as well,” Scott said.

“It’s nonsense,” Ramaswamy responded. “These are good people who are tainted by a broken system. It’s not the fault of anybody who’s in politics.”

Both Scott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis interrupted Ramaswamy, at which point the debate devolved into chaos, with candidates speaking over each other in a confusing and jumbled mess of apparent jabs and attempts to take control of the stage.

Wednesday’s feud between Scott and Ramaswamy centered around a comment Ramaswamy made during the first Republican debate regarding his opponents.

During the last debate, Ramaswamy attempted to draw a contrast between himself and each of the other Republican presidential candidates on the issue of climate change.

“I’m the only person on this stage who isn’t bought and paid for,” Ramaswamy said.

According to a recent Morning Consult poll, each of the candidates featured in Wednesday’s debate continues to trail former President Donald Trump. The poll showed Trump currently holding a major lead with the support of 58% of Republican primary voters, DeSantis with 15%, Ramaswamy with 9% and Scott with 2%.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.