Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate, will now participate in the CNN debate in New Hampshire in January.
CNN announced earlier this month that it would broadcast two Republican presidential primary debates in January, on January 10 and 21, respectively, in Des Moines, Iowa, and Goffstown, New Hampshire.
“Given the short amount of time between the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire’s primary, participating in multiple debates on different networks is the best way for Granite State voters to hear the contrast between the candidates as well as their closing arguments,” Andrew Romeo, DeSantis’s communications director said in a statement.
NEW: @RonDeSantis accepts CNN's debate in New Hampshire. This is the second debate invitation DeSantis has accepted in the Granite State.
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— Andrew Romeo (@andrewromeo33) December 29, 2023
In the statement, Romeo also criticized former United Nations (UN) Ambassador Nikki Haley, a candidate for the Republican primary, for a recent incident in which she neglected to mention slavery as the cause of the American Civil War during a town hall discussion in New Hampshire.
“Nikki Haley’s recent flub about the cause of the Civil War shows that she isn’t ready for primetime, but this debate will give her an opportunity to finally clean up her mess with the people of New Hampshire.
And for Donald Trump, this debate will provide him with the perfect setting to stop cowering behind his teleprompter and step into the arena.” he continued.