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ABC News cancels Republican debate after Haley choose not to participate without Trump.

 

Following Nikki Haley’s decision to not participate in the event unless former President Donald Trump consented to be a participant, ABC News stated that the next Republican debate will not be held.

Trump, Haley, and Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, were the only three contenders who were eligible to take part in the debate that ABC hosted.

Haley spoke while campaigning in New Hampshire, saying, “We’ve had five great debates in this campaign.”. Donald Trump has, regrettably, avoided all of them. He is completely exposed. Either Joe Biden or Donald Trump will be my opponent in the upcoming debate. “I can’t wait for it.”

Haley made the remarks after Trump’s decisive victory in the Iowa Caucuses, in which he far outpaced his opponents.

ABC News cancels Republican debate after Haley choose not to participate without Trump.- The Hard News Daily
Nikki Haley has been floated as a potential vice presidential running mate for former President Trump.  (Getty Images)

While competing for second place in Iowa, DeSantis and Haley got into a heated exchange, with Haley trying to make her case about Trump more so than DeSantis.

The Associated Press said that DeSantis left Iowa in second place after Haley failed to perform as expected in their previous debate, which may have prompted the former governor of South Carolina to take this action.

ABC News cancels Republican debate after Haley choose not to participate without Trump.- The Hard News Daily
Republican presidential candidates Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis. (Getty Images)

 

“Our intent was to host a debate coming out of the Iowa caucuses, but we always knew that would be contingent on the candidates and the outcome of the race,” stated an ABC News representative.

The fate of CNN’s planned discussion on Sunday is uncertain in light of Haley’s vow to only participate in the event that Trump does as well.

“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,” said DeSantis on X. Truthfully, her goal is not the nomination but rather to become Trump’s vice president. I intend to keep my word and will not betray the people of New Hampshire as Donald Trump and Nikki Haley have done. This week in New Hampshire, I’m excited to debate two vacant podiums.

In a two-hour debate last week, Haley squared up against DeSantis. Some caucusgoers found it off-putting that Haley used name-calling and brought up a campaign-run website over a dozen times throughout the discussion.

 

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