Nikki Haley spends BIG on Iowa: Candidate and her supporters throw away $2.8 MILLION in final week of pre-election TV ads — more than any other Republican
Nikki Haley and her PAC are outspending all their Republican rivals in the final week of the Iowa race, with the former South Carolina governor launching a TV ad campaign.
While Donald Trump has an astonishing 30-point lead over the rest of the Republican field, Haley is currently in third place and battling with Ron DeSantis for momentum ahead of the next vote in New Hampshire.
DeSantis, whose campaign has floundered in recent weeks, is throwing everything he has at Iowa: His entire campaign leadership has moved to the state and he has personally visited each of Iowa's 99 counties.
DeSantis is currently at 19 percent and Haley at 16. Trump is at 51 percent.
Determined to fight until the January 15 caucus, Haley is spending $2.83 million on television advertising between January 8 and 15.
DeSantis spends $1.66 million, and Trump spends $1.42 million.
Nikki Haley appears in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday night, spending more than $2.3 million on TV ads in the final week of the Iowa race
Vivek Ramaswamy, the political newcomer and entrepreneur, is following the rest of the field, but announced Monday that he will resume ad spending in Iowa this week — after halting spending in December, calling it a waste of money.
The 38-year-old said last month that TV ad spending is “idiotic, has a low ROI and is a trick used by political consultants to mislead low-IQ candidates.”
He doubled down in an interview on Fox News, stating, “I'm running this campaign, the same way I would run a business, with a real IQ and a real brain, not fooled by political consultants.” And I think that will ultimately lead us to success here.”
Ramaswamy's campaign has now set aside $22,500 in TV ad time for the coming week. NBC News reported.
Tricia McLaughlin, communications director for the Ramaswamy campaign, told the network that the campaign is “following the data and having fun.”
Haley was in Iowa on Monday, running against Joe Biden – who spent the day in her home state.
Haley will be seen on the Fox News town hall stage Monday night
Donald Trump is seen in Clinton, Iowa, at a campaign rally on Saturday
Biden ascended the pulpit at Mother Emanuel, a historic AME church in Charleston, where nine Black parishioners were fatally shot by a white gunman in June 2015. They were killed while praying during a Bible study on Wednesday evening.
As governor at the time of the shooting, Haley gained national attention for her response, which included signing legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds.
During her previous campaigns, Haley had argued against removing the flag, portraying an opponent's call for it as a political stunt.
But Haley has been on the defensive for not explicitly mentioning slavery as the root cause of the Civil War when the question was asked at a campaign event.
Her campaign responded Monday with a list of comments attributed to Biden that showed him to be racially insensitive.
During his speech Monday, Biden called it a “lie” that the war was about states' rights.
“For Biden to show up there and give a political speech is offensive in and of itself,” Haley said Monday night during a Fox News town hall in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I don't need someone who hung out with segregationists in the 1970s and made racist comments throughout his career and lectured me or anyone else in South Carolina about what it means to have racism, slavery or anything else related to the civil war. War.'
Joe Biden was in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday, speaking at the AME Church, the site of a 2015 mass shooting. He called “white supremacy” a “poison” that continues to haunt the nation
Haley is also under attack from her Republican rivals.
On Monday, Trump's super PAC released a video featuring an old clip of the then-South Carolina governor calling on the public not to label people who entered the US illegally as “criminals.”
The comments came a month after Trump's 2015 campaign launch speech, in which he said immigrants from Mexico brought drugs and crime with them.
DeSantis' campaign also released an ad to Iowa caucus-goers, calling out Haley for her recent comments to New Hampshire voters that they would have a chance to “correct” the Iowa caucus-goers' decision – a comment that might indicate that she does not. just don't expect to win Iowa, but don't expect her to finish second, ahead of DeSantis, either.
Haley on Monday repeatedly accused DeSantis of “lying because he's losing” and said Trump's allies were deliberately misinterpreting things she had said.