Nikki Haley mocks ‘losing’ Ron DeSantis, asserts her ‘Tea Party’ cred

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'He's saying what he has to say because he's grasping at this point.'

The hits keep coming in the competitive race between Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis to be the leading alternative to Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican presidential race.

During a Fox News interview Wednesday, the former South Carolina Governor claimed DeSantis’ digs at her endorsement this week from Americans for Prosperity and her campaign in general were a measure of how the race was going for the current Florida chief executive.

“I think that’s what a candidate says when they’re losing,” Haley said on “America’s Newsroom.”

Her comments come less than 24 hours after DeSantis yoked the Koch Network and Haley as two sides of the same establishment coin.

“I think that their network has taken certain positions that are conservative. Some that are not,” DeSantis said during an interview on Newsmax, where Eric Bolling asked about the “Koch Brothers” backing Haley.

DeSantis argued that Americans for Prosperity “supported open borders” and that “Nikki is … very weak on immigration,” and so “that gives her some synergy with that group” which sees “somebody that’s going to be more aligned with establishment interests.”

The Governor’s statement comports with that from his campaign earlier Tuesday.

“Like clockwork, the pro-open borders, pro-jail break bill establishment is lining up behind a moderate who has no mathematical pathway of defeating the former President,” read a prepared statement from DeSantis’ Communications Director Andrew Romeo.

Haley said Wednesday “there’s nothing establishment about a candidate who was the Tea Party candidate who ran for Governor. There’s nothing establishment when you have Americans for Prosperity, the most conservative grassroots organization in the country, come out and endorse me because they like my economic plans and my plans for the future of America.”

Haley reiterated her depiction of a DeSantis campaign in decline and a desperate candidate to match, contending “he’s saying what he has to say because he’s grasping at this point.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


8 comments

  • Earl Pitts "America's-Go-To-Political--Guru" American

    November 29, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Good Morn ‘Ting America,
    What we got here would normally just be the typical political “back & forth, tit for tat, mud on you – mud on me” normal politics between two Republican’s vying for the same job …..
    NORMALLY:
    But when we factor in the troubled National & International problems we find ourselves at the one indisputable truth.
    WELL EARL DONT JUST KEEP US HANGING GIVE UP THE ONE INDISPUTABLE TRUTH ALREADY.
    OK America, here you go: America is not going to hire a 👗 for the job of POTUS.
    EPA

    • rick whitaker

      November 29, 2023 at 9:32 pm

      nixon used the same logic when he ordered the watergate break-in . he said america couldn’t afford to let the dems win. cheaters cheat, haters hate, and earl spouts maga cult talking points. go figure!

  • Michael K

    November 29, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    None of them are fit to serve, but it is entertaining to watch them devour one another.

    • My Take

      November 29, 2023 at 12:59 pm

      Yep.
      Kick him Nikki.
      You know where!

  • My Take

    November 29, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    I don’t want any GOPer to win the presidency.
    But I’d be feeling a lot less threatened as a nation with her the nominee.

  • Tom

    November 29, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    When it comes down to her and trump, it should be fun to watch given what a misogynist oaf he is although he’s always been like that and women still support him. Go figure.

    • My Take

      November 30, 2023 at 12:22 am

      It should be pretty easy to target HIS sensitivities though, once someonè gets brave enough to do so.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 30, 2023 at 9:06 am

      Agreed. Trump in debate, if there were to be one, would be pacing around the stage looking at Nikki’s derriere — as he did to Hillary. Hopefully Nikki would roll her eyes — her debate signature — and ask Donnie to behave himself, and not ignore him as Hil did.

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