Ron DeSantis camp says Nikki Haley’s ‘hiding’ time is over

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Ahead of a cable news debate, the DeSantis campaign projects bravado.

Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis have participated in four debates and at least one other prominent forum together this cycle, but the Florida Governor’s presidential campaign frames Wednesday night’s debate as something different.

In a memo to reporters ahead of the showdown on CNN, spokesperson Andrew Romeo says the one-on-one confrontation means the former South Carolina Governor can’t get away with “hiding” anymore.

“During this debate, Nikki Haley won’t be able to hide behind Chris Christie and use Vivek (Ramaswamy) as her personal punching bag. She’ll actually have to be accountable for her recent string of gaffes and record of caving to the left on every major issue conservatives care about,” Romeo postulated.

Neither Christie nor Ramaswamy made the cut for this debate, and former President Donald Trump hasn’t seen fit to debate yet given his massive lead in polls in Iowa and everywhere else.

Deputy Campaign Manager David Polyansky contends the debate will compel Haley to “to answer questions about her failed record in South Carolina” and answer questions about whether she would “consider being Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick” and discuss why she said Hillary Clinton was the “reason she got into politics in the first place.”

The debate comes in the wake of a new Iowa poll that shows Haley and DeSantis way behind Trump. The Trafalgar Group survey finds the former President with more than 50% support, and Haley and DeSantis at 18% each.

DeSantis, who has professed untrammeled enthusiasm for the Hawkeye State for most of the past year now, can be expected to slam Haley on comments she made that New Hampshire would correct the caucus vote of Iowa. Haley is competitive with Trump in the Granite State, where DeSantis has been as low as 5% in some recent polling.

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


4 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 10, 2024 at 11:36 am

    Unemployable ignoramus Rhonda debates the last administration’s ambassador to the UN and says her time to hide is over.

    HER time to hide is over.

    HAHAHAHA

    I would suggest a drinking game for when Rhonda says “like” or “you know” but I don’t want to be responsible for millions of folks dying from alcohol poisoning.

  • Michael K

    January 10, 2024 at 11:45 am

    If he were serious about the presidency, he’d be going after the frontrunner. Seems cowardly Rhonda is hiding from reality.

    • It's Complicated

      January 10, 2024 at 12:35 pm

      It’s not a bad strategy for these early primaries and caucuses, because the Trump base has proven that it is pretty firm, so the goal for every other candidate is to garner enough support from those slipping or dropping out, to stay in the race. Given the polling – IF IT IS CORRECT, none of these challengers are poised to derail Trump. This is undoubtedly the most bizarre Presidential election seasons ever, with both Biden and Trump underwater with negatives far exceeding positives. Biden’s numbers are actually worse at at this point in his presidency than Trump’s were in January 2020.

      Keep in mind that Sen. Ted Cruz won the Iowa GOP Caucus in 2016 with 27.6% to Trump’s 24.3% – in a crowded field, and was did not able to parlay that into a GOP Nomination, so winning or losing Iowa does not assure success or doom.

  • ET is calling U

    January 10, 2024 at 4:19 pm

    Nikki Haley is not a serious candidate nor is she qualified to be President of he United States.. She is running for VEEP.

    She didn’t even know why the Civil War was fought. Please go home Nikki and stop trying to derail someone who could be President for 8 years.

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