Haley, DeSantis Campaigns Trade Blows Ahead of GOP Debate

Ron DeSantis is still ahead of Nikki Haley by double digits in Florida. Still, the former South Carolina governor wants to gain some ground at Wednesday’s GOP debate in Miami.

Haley’s campaign hinted at her plan of attack in a new ad that debuted Tuesday, titled “DeSantis Debate Preview: These Boots Are Made for Lying.” The two-minute video includes footage from a previous debate where she accuses DeSantis of being against fracking and drilling, to which the Florida Governor answers, “It’s not true.”

A caption flashes on the screen saying, “It is true,” followed by several clips of DeSantis speaking, supposedly contradicting his comments at the debate. The ad then suggests that DeSantis will “lie about his record again” at the third GOP debate, adding, “On the debate stage, you can’t trust anything he says.”

The DeSantis campaign, however, says it is Haley who is untrustworthy.

“Ron DeSantis has a stronger combination of endorsements, fundraising, and ground game in the early states than any other candidate. Meanwhile, Nikki Haley struggles to answer for her abysmal record on China, accepting refugees from Gaza, and the UN,” said DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin, according to a report by the Washington Examiner.

“This is a two-man race. Team Trump knows it — that’s why they’re spending over $1 million this week alone to attack DeSantis in Iowa despite proclaiming the primary was ‘over’ in August. And the other candidates know it, too. With all the attacks and attention focused on DeSantis, we know we are over the target and primed to win this nomination.”

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The new video indicates that Wednesday’s debate will likely be a retread of the September GOP debate in California. Haley told the audience, “What you don’t need is a president who is against energy independence. Ron DeSantis is against fracking; he’s against drilling… You banned fracking.”

DeSantis laughed in response before rejecting Haley’s claims. “We don’t have as much as maybe West Texas, but we do it,” DeSantis said before touting his plan to restore American energy independence.

“So that’s just wrong. And let’s just get real here. My plan will get the job done. We are going to be energy dominant. And that’s what’s going to happened.”

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In January 2019, shortly after taking office, Governor DeSantis signed an executive order limiting offshore oil and gas drilling. The order was signed to enforce a 2018 constitutional amendment passed before the start of DeSantis’s term.

Despite Haley’s claims that DeSantis had limited the practice before Floridians “even voted,” the measure passed with overwhelming support from voters on an Election Day ballot initiative.

A summary of the 2018 amendment states that it.

“Prohibits drilling for the exploration or extraction of oil and natural gas beneath all state-owned waters between the mean high water line and the state’s outermost territorial boundaries,”

Haley and DeSantis will take to the debate stage on Wednesday in Miami alongside other GOP Presidential hopefuls Vivek Ramaswamy, Chris Christie, and Tim Scott. Former President Donald Trump will again be absent from the debate.

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