In a unique segment on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, the host shared responses from six potential Republican presidential candidates on questions regarding the war in Ukraine.
The questions posed to the candidates covered funding for the war, regime change in Russia, and the effect of sanctions.
“While the U.S. has many vital national interests…becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them,” DeSantis said in his responses, which were close in tone to former President Donald Trump’s.
Mike Pence’s answers, however, were fervently in support of Ukraine, and however much endless funding the war will require.
“When the United States supports Ukraine in their fight against Putin, we follow the Reagan doctrine, and we support those who fight our enemies on their shores, so we will not have to fight them ourselves,” Pence wrote.
“There is no room for Putin apologists in the Republican Party,” said the former veep.
Vivek Ramaswamy, the latest Republican to throw their hat in the ring for the nomination in 2024, drew glowing praise from Carlson for his intelligent and unique answers.
Spinning the issue to top American concerns, such as energy independence and China, Ramaswamy warned that the war is a useful distraction for the communists to the far east.
“Focus on China. China wants the Ukraine war to last as long as possible to deplete Western military capacity before invading Taiwan. It’s working: we think we appear stronger by helping Ukraine, but we actually become weaker vis-à-vis China,” he said.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem also said the war is a secondary threat compared to China.
Nikki Haley, Chris Sununu, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton did not respond to Carlson’s request for comments.