Ron DeSantis wanted Chris Christie to ‘stay in’ GOP race through New Hampshire
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The Governor worries Donald Trump and Nikki Haley now won't bother to debate him in the Granite State, where he trails badly.

Gov. Ron DeSantis denies he was “petrified” by the news Chris Christie was suspending his presidential run, but he is admitting in Iowa that he would have preferred a different outcome.

DeSantis wanted the former New Jersey Governor in the race to ensure a televised debate in New Hampshire actually happens, an outcome apparently in doubt now.

“I wanted him to stay in because I think if he was in the WMUR debate on Thursday and I had committed, I think that maybe Nikki Haley and Donald Trump would have had to consider it,” DeSantis said to KCCI in Iowa.

“The fact that he’s not a candidate anymore, I may be the only one there and you may not end up having that debate. So I thought it was worth it for him to stick through that debate, see what happens in Iowa and then go from there. But he didn’t do that. And that’s fine,” DeSantis added. “I mean, it’s up to him, but it’s not going to affect me either way beyond just whether we have that debate or not.”

Every New Hampshire poll shows DeSantis way behind Haley and Trump ahead of the state’s open Presidential Primary next Tuesday.

The Saint Anselm College Survey Center survey taken Jan. 8-9 finds Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy tied with 6% support each. Christie was at 9% before dropping out.

This poll is actually worse for DeSantis than an Emerson College survey that came out earlier Thursday, in which the Governor had 7% support.

Suffolk University survey released Tuesday found DeSantis at 8%, good for fourth place at the time.

The Suffolk survey is more positive for DeSantis than the University of New Hampshire poll also released on Tuesday. That survey had him in fifth place with 5% support.

A.G. Gancarski

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  • Dont Say FLA

    January 15, 2024 at 12:58 pm

    If Rhonda has something to say to voters, Rhonda could still use a debate with Vivek as their vehicle … to crash. Hill obstructs view!

    • Tom

      January 15, 2024 at 1:22 pm

      Christie just wants to see trump get beat in the primaries and figures, correctly IMO, that Haley might pull enough centrists to make it happen and you’d have to figure she’d beat Biden pretty handily in the general election. Trump vs. trump without a personality (Desantis) really doesn’t have anywhere to go but down. I’m guessing rhonda will drop out before march to save himself the embarrassment of losing a primary in his home state.

      • MH/Duuuval

        January 15, 2024 at 3:41 pm

        Dee will only drop out if his backers cut off funding.

        • Tom

          January 15, 2024 at 5:11 pm

          I don’t think he has any left. A few of his early stumbles put them off. Also, flying around in private aircraft ain’t a cheap sport and between Iowa and South Carolina, apparently hae’s blown through all his cash. He was in Israel at one stage talking to Miriam Adelson but she’s probably got better things to worry about these days.

          • MH/Duuuval

            January 16, 2024 at 12:33 pm

            Time will tell about donors.

            Widow Adelson could finance the entire SC swing. And why shouldn’t she?

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    January 15, 2024 at 7:49 pm

    Christy flatched out enough old fatty msn 8UTT GAS equlivant to a herd of 175 cows while in Iowa. Its best he left iowa already.

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