February 24, 2024

By Meg Kinnard | Related Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — Nikki Haley mentioned Tuesday that she wouldn’t take part within the subsequent Republican presidential debate until former President Donald Trump takes half in it, leaving Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the one candidate dedicated to Thursday’s occasion.

“We’ve had 5 nice debates on this marketing campaign,” Haley mentioned in an announcement, launched as she campaigned in New Hampshire. “Sadly, Donald Trump has ducked all of them. He has nowhere left to cover. The subsequent debate I do will both be with Donald Trump or with Joe Biden. I sit up for it.”

Her assertion was launched a day after the all-important Iowa caucuses, by which Trump marked a large margin of victory over each Haley and DeSantis. With the 2 locked in a heated competitors for second place in Iowa, Haley tried to make her electoral argument extra about Trump than DeSantis, repeatedly echoing her chorus that her candidacy marks a turnabout from the “chaos” that follows the GOP front-runner.

The transfer additionally may very well be a results of the final debate which featured solely Haley and DeSantis, by which Haley didn’t carry out in addition to anticipated, and DeSantis finally ended up beating her for second place in Iowa.

Haley had argued to caucusgoers that choosing her provides Republicans a greater probability to defeat Biden in November, pointing to survey knowledge displaying her with the biggest lead among the many GOP discipline in a theoretical normal election matchup.

On X, DeSantis mentioned Haley “is afraid to debate as a result of she doesn’t need to reply the robust questions.” He accused her of “working to be Trump’s VP” and mentioned that he appeared “ahead to debating two empty podiums within the Granite State this week.”

Trump spokesman Steven Cheung on Tuesday known as Haley a “determined globalist who needs larger taxes, open borders, and China to dominate the USA,” He added, “That’s why the one people who find themselves voting for her are Democrats who’re attempting to intrude in a Republican main.”

Haley went head-to-head with DeSantis in the latest GOP debate final week in Iowa, a two-hour brawl that left no less than a few of her supporters feeling that the previous South Carolina governor had misplaced among the above-the-fray perspective of her marketing campaign to this point. Greater than a dozen instances she referenced a campaign-run web site that a number of caucusgoers mentioned had appeared repetitive and caught Haley in a bout of “title calling” that was off-putting.

With the GOP marketing campaign now shifting to New Hampshire, forward of that state’s main subsequent week, Haley has projected confidence that her dedication to the state and surveys displaying her with help there’ll present her marketing campaign with the momentum wanted to chop into Trump’s energy. After her caucus evening celebration, Haley boarded an in a single day flight to New Hampshire, the place she deliberate an occasion with Gov. Chris Sununu later within the day.

However DeSantis, breaking with custom, as an alternative flew on to Haley’s residence state of South Carolina, saying final week the plan to make a quick look there earlier than going to New Hampshire himself was meant to ship a message to Haley that he would compete fiercely towards her in her residence state’s main subsequent month.