As Haley ticks up in the polls, she has come under increasing pressure amid escalated criticism from former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), with the typically disciplined messenger now attempting to recover from multiple missteps in recent days.
Haley’s campaign events have become shorter before the Jan. 15 caucuses, and some, such as a 15-minute speech in Waukee on Tuesday, have ended without her taking questions from the crowd. DeSantis criticized her for the change on Tuesday, saying that Haley “can’t handle the scrutiny.”
“The minute it would be her vs. a Democrat, it’s all going to be against her,” he said. “Republican voters know that and I think she’s shown