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This episode is presented by Carolina Readiness Supply – Steve Krakauer at the Hill writes about how the debate last night really does matter, despite the absence of former President Donald Trump.

Whatever you think of the four criminal trials Trump is facing, there is a very real threat of serious prison time that could come before the year is out. Will the party stand by this dire situation? We’ll know a lot more by the time the GOP convention begins on July 15 in Milwaukee — and accruing delegates ahead of that key date will matter, even if Trump is way ahead. For candidates like former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and Gov. Ron DeSantis, being the first alternative is important. And even for Vivek Ramaswamy, if the party decides to sway toward the most Trump-like non-Trump candidate, he’s in line to benefit too.