Early GOP primary hopefuls are afraid to describe their policy differences with Trump.
What's even sillier, as you pointed out in your earlier column on this topic, they both HAD TO KNOW the question was coming, and therefore should have had a canned prepared answer for it, even if it wasn't a great answer. Something along the lines of, "I would implement/reinstate Trump-era policies on X, Y and Z", but I would avoid antagonizing our allies, gushing over our enemies, and picking petty fights with the media and celebrities."
Plenty of Republicans have shown they can distance themselves from Trump without alienating the GOP base and win elections, as we saw in the mid-terms. Meanwhile those that attach themselves to his hip go down with him.
On Policy issues John, I'm not sure I disagree a lot with Trump. Yes, in hindsight some of his policies could have been better. But for both Nikki and Tim, today probably isn't the time to differentiate themselves. Plenty of time to do that down the road.