Republican candidates squared off Wednesday night at the third GOP Presidential debate in Miami.
NBC News hosted the debate and Lester Holt and Kristen Welker served as the moderators.
But Ron DeSantis just said four words about NBC News that caught everyone by surprise.
Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Chris Christie, and Vivek Ramaswamy faced off on stage in Miami on Wednesday for the third Republican Primary Presidential debate.
DeSantis turned in what many believe was his best performance so far.
When the polling firm J.L. Partners surveyed 544 viewers and asked them to rank the rivals out of 10 for their debate performance, Governor Ron DeSantis was the top choice followed by Vivek Ramaswamy, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, and Chris Christie.
DeSantis told the audience at the debate that “I’m sick of Republicans losing” and offered a way forward for the GOP.
He also took the gloves off on Nikki Haley, who the establishment is desperate to elevate as their candidate to take on Trump.
DeSantis ripped Haley for her record of being soft on China.
“She welcomed them into South Carolina, gave [China] land near a military base, wrote the Chinese ambassador a love letter saying what a great friend they were,” he said.
He then touted his record of being strong on China, saying that “I banned China from buying land in this state, and we kicked out [adversaries], and we kicked the Confucius Institutes out of our universities.”
“We’ve recognized the threat, and we’ve acted swiftly and decisively,” DeSantis added.
Overall, DeSantis avoided any major misspeaks or hiccups during the debate.
After the debate, DeSantis sat down for an interview with NBC News where he admitted that the network “did a good job” hosting the event.
“I think we did really well and I think NBC did a good job,” DeSantis said. “I mean, I have watched debates over the years, I participated in a couple already, and I think the people at home probably got a good viewing experience because the questions were substantive, people were able to talk, there wasn’t a lot of screaming back and forth, and so I think the value of this debate was probably more than the one we did in Simi Valley.”
DeSantis then turned his fire at his top rival, Donald Trump.
“Look, Donald Trump is not the same guy he was in 2016,” DeSantis said. “You would not have been able to keep him off that stage in 2016, the consultants wouldn’t have been able to do that,” he continued. “Now, they don’t want him up on the stage, and when he gives speeches, it’s usually off the teleprompter, and I think his view is like, well, he has a polling lead, therefore, why would he want to get involved and actually earn the job?”
“But that’s not the way this goes,” DeSantis added.
DeSantis turned in a solid performance on Wednesday.
But Donald Trump is dominating in the polls and is planning on skipping the fourth debate in Alabama.
Only time will tell if DeSantis can close the gap and give Trump a run for his money in the Primary.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.