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The Daily BeastJan 31, 2023
Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley Need to Find the Strength to Attack Trump
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyMedia reports suggest that Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley are laying the groundwork to launch 2024 presidential primary bids. While there will surely be more entrants (John Bolton has already announced a bid, and Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo are both making noise), DeSantis and Haley are two of the more serious opponents Donald Trump will likely face. But the question remains: Are either willing and able to launch a sustained attack on Trump? The verdict is out.

The case for nominating DeSantis is precisely that he's just as tough and "MAGA" as Trump—but more competent. In addition to this, DeSantis has a specific opening, too: "I think the blood-in-the-water knockout blow is the vaccines," former conservative radio host John Ziegler told me recently, "because Trump is so deluded into believing that the vaccines—because he wants to take credit for them—were the greatest thing ever. That's where, with way more than 50 percent of the Republican base, DeSan

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