DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican candidates wooing Iowa caucus voters have refined their closing arguments against former President Donald Trump: He failed to deliver on all of his promises, and he won’t beat President Joe Biden.
For much of the campaign season, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy avoided criticizing Trump directly while on the stump, excluding questions from voters during their events. However, in the final days before the first voters in the country make their voices heard, the strategy has shifted. DeSantis and Haley are battling for second place after recent polling suggests the two are far behind Trump.
DeSantis, who has invested heavily in the Hawkeye State, has been highlighting policy differences between himself and the former president. At a campaign event at a sports bar in Grimes on Sunday, DeSantis vowed to defund