Nikki Haley says no to one-on-one Ron DeSantis debate
Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis debate. Image via AP.

Haley DeSantis
'See you in Tuscaloosa.'

Ron DeSantis may want Nikki Haley to debate him in a two-person face-off on Fox News.

But the former South Carolina Governor won’t be trolled into it, she made clear on Thursday’s edition of the “Guy Benson Show.”

“See you in Tuscaloosa,” Haley said, telling Benson that the Republican National Committee said that the only debates candidates could have would have to be officially sanctioned by the party, with the fourth such showdown slated for Alabama in December.

This rejection pops a brief trial balloon floated by the Florida Governor this week at the goading of a friendly Fox News host.

“Count me in,” the Governor posted to X Wednesday, in response to a Laura Ingraham call for Haley and DeSantis to debate on her program.

It’s uncertain why Haley would have agreed to a debate on likely unfriendly terrain, given that the Fox News host accused the former South Carolina Governor of “political suicide” last week after she got praise from the center after her performance in the presidential debate in Miami.

“There’s no future in the Republican Party for someone who’s been endorsed by POLITICO and The New York Times,” Ingraham pronounced, as transcribed by Media Matters.

Conversely, Ingraham lauded DeSantis, saying he emerged “strongest” from the debate and was the only candidate with a “presidential” mien.

According to a poll released Thursday that touched on last week’s GOP presidential debate in Miami, Ingraham’s take is not shared by those in the First in the Nation Primary state.

Just 10% of respondents in the University of New Hampshire survey say he prevailed, with 28% choosing Ramaswamy and 37% hailing Haley’s performance.

DeSantis has gotten a lot of mileage out of another scheduled debate on Fox News with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is not running for president at the moment. That showdown is slated for later this month.

When asked about the dubious debate set-up, it’s clear after Haley’s harrumph that lightning won’t strike twice during cable news prime-time programming.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael K

    November 16, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Smart move to play by the rules!

  • PeterH

    November 16, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    Why would Nikki Haley lower her standards to debate this disgusting despicable loser?

    • Impeach Biden

      November 16, 2023 at 8:25 pm

      Really? The guy that crushed Charlie Crist for Governor of Florida is a loser? Just imagine how bad DeSantis would have defeated Nikki Fraud. Personally I would prefer a different Repub nominee than Trump. So this whole thing about Haley not debating DeSantis really doesn’t matter.

      • Impeach Biden

        November 16, 2023 at 8:36 pm

        Bottom line: Neither Nikki nor DeSantis will get the nomination unless something major happens like Trump withdrawing. Right now I don’t see that happening. I do think DeSantis is a much better candidate than Trump but the media has targeted him from the beginning to elevate Trump and now they have their wish. DeSantis could beat Biden. Not sure f Trump can. Too many anti-Trump votes.

        • Janis Lentz

          November 19, 2023 at 5:11 am

          Trump will be a convicted FELON by November 2024 and ineligible to be on the ballot! Wake up, MAGAts! All the legal experts predict his conviction. And yes, he’s a loser

  • My Take

    November 16, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    Let him twist in the wind, Nikki.

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    November 17, 2023 at 3:22 am

    Good Morn ‘ting America,
    “Poor Nikki she was shaking in her shoes at the thought of our next POTUS’s total domination of all the reasons Nikki is un-fit to even continue with her campaign”.
    “She knew we would expose her record of appeasement and kowtowing to our enemies which she learned back when she was with The United Nation’s”.
    “Her time is up and she needs to be honest with our Great Nation and report to “The Looser’s Lounge” to join Tim Scott in crying those “Tears In Their Beers””.
    Thank you America,
    *story-time was brought to you by Hargraves Potted Meat. Hargraves Potted Meat chock full of peckers and lips.*

  • My Take

    November 17, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Dismiss him with mocking derision, Nikki.
    “Bah!” (wave hand backwards)

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