Governor DeSantis is clinging to the GOP primary race as President Trump steamrolls Haley and DeSantis.
In the wake of DeSantis and Haley’s crushing defeat, Haley dropped out of the New Hampshire GOP debate, prompting CNN and ABC News to cancel it.
The cancelation of the debate appears to have struck a nerve with DeSantis.
Stating, “I won’t snub New Hampshire voters like Nikki Haley and Donald Trump, and plan to honor my commitments. I look forward to debating two empty podiums in the Granite State this week.”
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Nikki Haley is afraid to debate because she doesn’t want to answer the tough questions such as how she got rich off Boeing after giving them millions in taxpayer handouts as governor of South Carolina.
The reality is that she is not running for the nomination, she’s running to…
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) January 16, 2024
Politico shares more on the canceled event:
A CNN spokesperson said Wednesday that the network is canceling the debate scheduled for Sunday “as only one qualifying candidate accepted our invitation to take the stage.” The change comes a day after ABC News canceled its Thursday debate after former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley said she would step foot on the debate stage again only if Donald Trump or Joe Biden was there.
Trump has skipped every GOP primary debate since the race began, though the former president said last month he would debate one of his Republican primary rivals if the race is “very close” after the New Hampshire primary.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was the only qualifying candidate to accept an invitation to the CNN debate. The DeSantis campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but said Tuesday that Haley “is afraid to debate because she doesn’t want to answer the tough questions” and accused her of running to be Trump’s vice president.
I am very excited to watch Governor DeSantis debate an empty podium this week!!!
— Pennsylvania Moderate (@pa_moderate) January 17, 2024
Ron DeSantis is a ratings disaster and irrelevancy is creeping in.
ABC cancels their debate.
CNN cancels their debate and opts for a Town Hall with birdbrain instead.
It’s over. pic.twitter.com/NgIppUHuCA
— Un Bad Hombre (@joma_gc) January 17, 2024
PBS shares more:
“We’ve had five great debates in this campaign,” Haley said in a statement, released as she campaigned in New Hampshire. “Unfortunately, Donald Trump has ducked all of them. He has nowhere left to hide. The next debate I do will either be with Donald Trump or with Joe Biden. I look forward to it.”
Her statement was released a day after the all-important Iowa caucuses, in which Trump marked a wide margin of victory over both Haley and DeSantis. With the two locked in a heated competition for second place in Iowa, Haley tried to make her electoral argument more about Trump than DeSantis, repeatedly echoing her refrain that her candidacy marks a turnabout from the “chaos” that follows the GOP front-runner.
The move also could be a result of the last debate which featured only Haley and DeSantis, in which Haley didn’t perform as well as expected, and DeSantis ultimately ended up beating her for second place in Iowa.
Haley had argued to caucusgoers that picking her gives Republicans a better chance to defeat Biden in November, pointing to survey data showing her with the largest lead among the GOP field in a theoretical general election matchup.
Haley and DeSantis are delusional in thinking they could beat President Trump in the primaries.
Not only that, but they would be at a severe disadvantage against Biden.
Even though most of this country hates him, he still has the advantage of incumbency.
The GOP would do better putting all their efforts behind President Trump and cooperating to take Biden down.