GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday claimed that former Republican Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley does not want to debate him because of her “establishment-oriented” position.
De Santis made the comments during a Monday appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.” Fox News host Laura Ingraham said she contacted the former governor, telling her she is seeking to host a debate between DeSantis and Haley. Ingraham added that the Florida governor agreed to the debate while Haley refused.
The Florida governor told Ingraham that Haley refused the debate because she knew it would be about her establishment-oriented position.
“Well, she probably wouldn’t like what the debate would be about. I mean, I think she has taken very, very establishment-oriented positions,” DeSantis said. “We know she had the social media proposal to force everybody to give their names, which we know would be weaponized against conservatives. Anybody that’s been alive for the last three or four years knows how that censorship regime works.”
DeSantis criticized Haley for some of her policy proposals, adding that her steps are fundamentally out of step with Republican voters.
Ron DeSantis differentiates himself from Nikki Haley, who still hasn't responded to @IngrahamAngle's offer to moderate a debate between the two.
"She is fundamentally out of step with Republican voters." pic.twitter.com/SPuvrAqWoh
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) November 28, 2023
“She’s also said no limits on immigration – that CEOs should determine our immigration policy. Now, I think immigration policy should be what’s in the best interest of the American people and American workers. She also took the side of Disney against the state of Florida and against us protecting our kids … Of course, she sided with the corporation,” DeSantis added.So I think she’s just fundamentally out of step with Republican voters. I think she’s relying on liberal media to prop her up, but I’m game for the debate. You know, I’ll debate any of these folks – I think that’s what it’s all about.”
Haley proposes **no limit** on immigration, says her corporate donors should decide how many people come into the US every year.
“For too long, Republican and Democrat presidents dealt with immigration based on a quota…It’s the wrong way to look at it"pic.twitter.com/6Vhht4xYn3
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) November 28, 2023
Desantis and Haley are contending with Former President Donald Trump and former New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie for the Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election. Billionaire Vivek Ramaswamy is also running for the GOP primary ticket. However, Trump is the frontrunner with several polls showing the former president head and shoulders above his Republican rivals.