DeSantis Weighs in on Ramaswamy’s Debate Comments

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( – Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) slammed his 2024 GOP presidential rival Vivek Ramaswamy over his comments during the 2024 Republican primary debate about former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s teenage daughter. According to a report from The Hill, DeSantis told Fox News that the comments were “out of bounds.”

Ramaswamy claimed that Haley was a hypocrite because her daughter used the social media platform TikTok when Haley had previously referred to TikTok as a serious foreign policy concern. He argued that Haley had previously made fun of him for making a TikTok account, when her own daughter was a longtime user of the app.

Haley was quick to respond that Ramaswamy needed to not speak about her daughter and that he was “just scum.”

DeSantis later spoke up about the incident when speaking to Fox News, stating his belief that children were “out of bounds” and that it was completely inappropriate for Ramaswamy to make that comment. He added that he always left children out of it.

Haley and Ramaswamy have slowly been climbing in the polls and are now threatening DeSantis for the number two spot in the 2024 Republican primary race. The Hill reported that national polling averages from FiveThirtyEight have shown that DeSantis has 14 percent of voters support, while Haley has 9 percent and Ramaswamy has 5 percent.

Following the debate, Ramaswamy stuck to his previous statement, arguing that the problem was having someone lecture the country about the dangers of TikTok while failing to set rules and be a leader within their home. He added that it is necessary for them to engage with the next generation and that was the argument he was trying to make.

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