Rep. Mike Gal­lagher sees oppor­tu­ni­ty to take on Chi­na at sec­ond GOP debate

EXCLUSIVE — Chair­man of the House Select Com­mit­tee on Strate­gic Com­pe­ti­tion between the U.S. and the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Par­ty Mike Gal­lagher (R‑WI) said Tues­day there is an open­ing for Repub­li­can debate can­di­dates to pro­vide a nuanced strat­e­gy for tak­ing on Chi­na.
At the last Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee pri­ma­ry debate in August, can­di­dates addressed Chi­na pri­mar­i­ly through the lens of the war in Ukraine and what the U.S.‘s role in it means for ten­sions with the coun­try.
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Acknowl­edg­ing that the war in Ukraine is a notable divi­sion among Repub­li­cans, Gal­lagher told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er in an inter­view that can­di­dates could address Ukraine and Tai­wan in a way that also caters to “peo­ple that are sort of skep­ti­cal of Ukraine fund­ing,” par­tic­u­lar­ly “because they’re con­cerned about [how] it’s affect­ing Tai­wan.”
“That’s the oppor­tu­ni­ty for some­one, I think, to artic­u­late a strat­e­gy that’s still strong, but does­n’t dis­miss the con­cerns that many Repub­li­can vot­ers have about Ukraine,” he said.
Since Rus­sia invad­ed Ukraine in 2022, Repub­li­cans have increas­ing­ly said too much aid is being giv­en to …