Due to former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s indication that she would not face Florida Governor Ron DeSantis again, ABC News has now reportedly canceled a debate that was originally scheduled for late this week. Haley stated that her next debate “will either be with Donald Trump or Joe Biden.”
The remarks were made by the former governor of South Carolina the day following the Iowa caucuses, an election that was decisively won by Trump (51% of the vote), with DeSantis (21%) in second place and Haley (19%) in third place.
Her political operations spent more money in the state than any other candidate through January 12th, with approximately $37 million spent on pro-Haley advertisements, compared to $35 million spent on pro-DeSantis advertisements and approximately $18 million spent on pro-Trump advertisements.
Haley is anticipated to perform considerably better in New Hampshire, where she is currently just behind former President Trump.
DeSantis and Haley had previously engaged in a head-to-head debate prior to the Iowa caucuses. 55% of viewers, according to a Daily Mail poll conducted by J.L. Partners, thought DeSantis won, while only 31% thought Haley’s won.
Haley was criticized by the governor of Florida for her decision to abstain from attending the debate that was originally slated for Thursday.
“Nikki Haley is afraid to debate because she doesn’t want to answer the tough questions such as how she got rich off Boeing after giving them millions in taxpayer handouts as governor of South Carolina,” DeSantis wrote in a post on X.
“The reality is that she is not running for the nomination, she’s running to be Trump’s VP. I won’t snub New Hampshire voters like both Nikki Haley and Donald Trump, and plan to honor my commitments. I look forward to debating two empty podiums in the Granite State this week.” he continued.