WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) needled former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley for not taking questions at every campaign event, days before the 2024 Republican primary‘s opening nominating contest.
DeSantis, who will debate Haley one on one for the first time on Wednesday before Iowa’s Jan. 15 caucuses, made the criticism as he contended the former governor of South Carolina is not dealing well with the added media coverage.
“She had a period where media was fluffing her,” DeSantis told reporters Tuesday. “Now she’s in a situation where she’s getting scrutiny and it’s like almost every day she answers questions, something happens where she’s putting her foot in her mouth.”
DeSantis compared Haley to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, asserting untested primary candidates underperform in general elections. Clinton lost that cycle to former President Donald Trump.
“The minute it would be her