The event, coming five days before the Jan. 15 Iowa caucuses, is one of the last chances for the two candidates to prove their case to Iowans.
In the run-up to the debate, DeSantis and Haley have traded barbs with each other, guaranteeing that the bitter rivalry will be a key feature Wednesday night. But they won’t be competing for first place. They’ll be fighting for the role of top alternative candidate to former President Donald Trump.
Trump, the frontrunner in the GOP primary, was the only other candidate to meet CNN’s eligibility requirements for the primary debate, but he is snubbing the debate for