DeSan­tis steps up attacks on ‘lib­er­al’ Haley before fourth GOP debate

<div>DeSantis steps up attacks on 'liberal' Haley before fourth GOP debate</div>

For­mer U.N. Ambas­sador Nik­ki Haley can­not seem to please any­one before the fourth and pos­si­bly last 2024 Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry debate this week.
Democ­rats are por­tray­ing Haley as an “extreme” Repub­li­can, while Gov. Ron DeSan­tis (R‑FL) and his allies are under­min­ing her GOP cre­den­tials amid her rise in the polls, in addi­tion to her new­found favor with high-pro­file sup­port­ers and deep-pock­et­ed donors. But she remains 30 per­cent­age points behind for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in Iowa, six weeks before the open­ing nom­i­nat­ing con­test.
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DeSan­tis’s crit­i­cism is not unex­pect­ed since Haley “staked out a rel­a­tive­ly mod­er­ate posi­tion on the abor­tion issue in the first debate,” accord­ing to Mid­dle­bury Col­lege pol­i­tics pro­fes­sor Bertram John­son.
“Paint­ing her as a mod­er­ate might help in the gen­er­al elec­tion, but it could hurt her with a very con­ser­v­a­tive pri­ma­ry elec­torate, and that’s a hur­dle she’ll have to over­come first unless she’s con­tem­plat­ing an inde­pen­dent run,” John­son told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er.
DeSan­tis’s cam­paign seized on Demo­c­ra­t­ic donor Reid Hoff­man, the co-founder of LinkedIn, con­tribut­ing $250,000 to Haley’ …