Florida Governor Ron DeSantis placed all of his chips on pulling off a surprise victory in Iowa on January 15.
But Donald Trump believes DeSantis should immediately drop out and return to Florida.
And Ron DeSantis just put Donald Trump on notice about one decision he will live to regret.
With one week left until the Iowa Caucus, the RealClearPolitics polling average shows Donald Trump with a 32.7-point lead over the rest of the field.
Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley are running neck-and-neck for a distant second place.
The two just squared off on January 10 for a one-on-one debate that was hosted by CNN in Des Moines, Iowa.
Donald Trump was the only other Republican who qualified for the CNN debate, but he continued his trend of refusing to appear on stage with his GOP competitors.
Ron DeSantis spent the past few weeks mocking and attacking Trump in an attempt to lure him onto the debate stage.
On Sunday, DeSantis appeared for an interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS News’ Face the Nation to discuss the upcoming Iowa Caucus.
“Our CBS polling shows half the country expects there will be violence from the side that loses in future elections,” Brennan said. “Do you share that concern about this race?”
“Oh, I hope not,” DeSantis shot back.
DeSantis said “we have an opportunity, one of the reasons I’m running is I think the Republicans, we have a great shot to win if we frame the issues about the problems facing the country, the failures of the Biden administration, and how we have a great set of ideas to turn the country around.”
However, DeSantis warned that Republicans will lose if the 2024 election is about “re-litigating the past.”
“I think if we’re re-litigating the past elections, if it’s about, you know, Donald Trump, or his legal issues, or criminal trials or all that stuff, you know, I think it’s going to be a really nasty election,” DeSantis said.
On Sunday, DeSantis also appeared for an interview with Fox News Channel’s MediaBuzz.
During the Fox News interview, DeSantis ripped Trump for refusing to participate in any of the debates during the Primary.
Instead of appearing on stage with Haley and DeSantis on January 10, he was just down the road for a town hall with Fox News.
“Well, that’s the thing, I mean, he could easily, if he’s going to be in Iowa, he could show up and debate and have to answer questions,” DeSantis said. “And he just chooses not to do that.”
“He’s not attended any debates,” DeSantis said. “He doesn’t do much campaigning,” he continued. “He’s got a lot of air cover from the media and so he, you know, he’s gotten away with it so far.”
DeSantis warned Trump that he would regret his decision not to debate after the results come in on Caucus Night.
“I do think it’ll hurt him ultimately on Caucus Night,” DeSantis concluded.
The Iowa Caucus is less than one week out.
Only time will tell if Trump’s refusal to debate will hurt him on January 15.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.