Fox host Ainsley Earhardt on Fox's GOP presidential debate: “I feel like I'm watching the vice president debate”

Steve Doocy: “Last night was a fight for second place”

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Citation From the September 28, 2023, edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): It is interesting to watch the debates. I wish Donald Trump had participated, but I feel like I'm watching the vice president debate, and I know they don't want to hear that.

LAWRENCE JONES (CO-HOST): A hundred percent.

EARHARDT: They all say no, we're running for president, but I feel like we're just trying to choose who Donald Trump is going to pick and who's going to be best for our country, and they're waiting in the wings hoping that all these court cases, something happens and he's not able to run and one of them will jump up and be able to do it, and the same thing with the Democratic party. I'm watching Gavin Newsom on with Sean Hannity after the debate. He's there in California. He's sitting with Sean Hannity. Sean's asking him are you gonna run? Would you put your hat in the ring? He's like, no, no, no. I feel like the same thing is happening on the Democratic party too, and how about at the end, Lawrence and Steve and Brian, when Dana said you have a piece of paper in front of you. Write down the name of the candidate you want off the stage, and they all kind of agreed we don't want to do this, we don't want to shoot within the tent, but then she said I noticed you, Chris Christie, you wrote something on your paper. He goes, I'll tell you I wrote Trump. He said I walked him off the stage.

STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST):  Ainsley, you're absolutely right. When you look at — given the fact that Donald Trump is so far ahead in the polls right now, it really, and you got Nikki and you've got Ron DeSantis and Tim Scott and everybody else kind of clumped up in the mid-double digits. It's like it is — last night was a fight for second place.