Ron DeSantis doesn’t think Chris Sununu can save ‘establishment’ Nikki Haley

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The New Hampshire Governor is backing DeSantis' rival for the presidency.

Ron DeSantis is downplaying the importance of an endorsement Nikki Haley got from New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu.

The 2024 presidential candidate said Tuesday that Sununu is a “good guy,” but that even his endorsement in the Granite State won’t help the “establishment candidate” from South Carolina.

“He’s a really good campaigner. I mean, excellent campaigner. So, in that sense, I think it’s a benefit for her. But here’s the problem: even a campaigner as good as Chris is not going to be able to paper over Nikki being an establishment candidate,” the Governor said during a CNN town hall hosted by Jake Tapper.

DeSantis said Haley is “really reflective of the old failed Republican establishment of yesteryear.”

“We do not need to go back to that, but I will say this. Chris is great, he’s done a great job as governor. He’s a great campaigner and I look forward to campaigning with him next fall in New Hampshire as the Republican nominee,” DeSantis quipped.

Earlier in the day, the Governor’s campaign downplayed the importance of the endorsement.

“What happens in New Hampshire will be significantly impacted by the outcome in Iowa, where the true Trump alternative will emerge. And when Ron DeSantis comes out in that position he will be joined by over 60 New Hampshire state legislators who stand ready to take the fight to the establishment and their candidates of yesteryear to return power to grassroots conservatives,” asserted spokesperson Andrew Romeo.

Meanwhile, even before Sununu endorsed, polls showed DeSantis struggling in the state.

The Trafalgar Group’s survey, conducted Dec. 9-11, shows the Florida Governor at 11% support, in a statistical tie for fourth place with Vivek Ramaswamy.

According to the Race to the White House polling average, DeSantis’ 8% is good for fourth place, behind Trump, Haley and Christie. And one key poll is even worse.

Last month’s Washington Post-Monmouth survey of New Hampshire GOP Primary voters found the Florida Governor had fallen to fifth place in the Granite State.

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

    December 12, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    He’s toast. Buh bye.

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 13, 2023 at 6:21 am

    Perfect headline. “DeSantis doesn’t think”. Lol.

  • Earl Pitts "The "Ronald's" Un-Official Campaigne Manager" American

    December 13, 2023 at 6:35 am

    Good Morn ‘Ting America,
    Ron is 100% correct.
    SuDooDoo can not save “Hatchet Face Haley” from her “Best Future” of being able to tell her grandchildern that she was an “Also-Ran” in the 2024 POTUS election.
    Ron and I, Earl Pitts American, are still serious about appointing Haley to some off the beaten path Ambassadorship. We were just kidding about “Buttstinkastan” heck thats not even a real country. I’m thinking Haley would do well representing “The Eight Year DeSantis Administration” as ambassador to New Zeeland. That will keep Haley out of the way but still controllable should we need her for something in the future.
    Thank you America so dont anybody worry about Nikki Haley.
    Earl Pitts American

    • rick whitaker

      December 13, 2023 at 7:45 am


  • Lex

    December 13, 2023 at 9:53 am

    The race is getting precisely where it is supposed to. The GOP has three viable candidates (Trump, Desantis, and Haley) and they are on top. All three have the proper experiences to be president. The policy differences between Trump and Desantis are pretty minor. Haley cannot honestly be seen as anything other than an establishment Republican. At best Haley is Neo-Con-lite. To be fair, establishment (middle-of-the-road) Republicans are a large part of the Party. The party has a choice of whether those establishment Republican priorities are where the party is today. After the party decides whether Haley’s vision is correct, the true question of whether or not Trump has a better chance to win than Desantis is the true question that the Party needs to address.

    • Tom

      December 13, 2023 at 10:29 am

      That pretty much sums it up although I’d think Haley would pull more independents than Desantis or Trump and when all is said and done, they usually make the difference. I guess we’ll know in 12 months or so.

    • rick whitaker

      December 13, 2023 at 11:05 am

      lex, when you stated that trump and desantis ” have the proper experiences to be president ” i busted out laughing. in fact, both men are defective in a big way. you maga cultist’ sure do see things differently than us normal people. dems are hopeful trump will be the gop candidate. why do you think that is?

  • Dont Say FLA

    December 13, 2023 at 11:12 am

    “Haley is an establishment candidate,” says the guy who attended Harvard and Yale, was in the Navy where he sailed the seven seas, was in the US House of Representatives aka The Swamp that Trump claimed he would drain, and was even the Governor of Florida for a while.

    LOL @ Rhonda acting like they aren’t establishment just because Everybody Hates Rhonda.

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    December 13, 2023 at 11:15 am

    Ron DeSantis doesn’t think Chris Sununu can save ‘establishment’ Nikki Haley.

    Chris Sununu doesn’t think Chris Sununu can save ‘establishment’ Nikki Haley.

    Nikki Haley doesn’t think Chris Sununu can save ‘establishment’ Ron DeSantis

    Chris Sununu doesn’t think Chris Sununu can save ‘establishment’ Ron DeSantis

    All of the above are true. Trump’s the GOP’s guy.

    Another Trump loss will be a bitter pill, but everybody make to taste it thoroughly this time so you’s don’t forget by next time, ya’ Heathers.

  • Joe

    December 13, 2023 at 11:24 am

    Haley is much more likely to be Trump’s VP running mate than Tiny D is to ever hold another elected political office. Nobody likes you, Meatball!

    • Dont Say FLA

      December 14, 2023 at 3:24 pm

      Nah, Trump’s runny mate will be the former rep from California and former Speaker of House, Kevin McCarthy. Clearly. Obviously. It’s an open secret, but the House Democrats fell for it and voted him into (out to) running as Trump’s VP.

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