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CNN’s Chris Wallace Criticizes GOP Candidates For Their Resiliency

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CNN anchor Chris Wallace criticized Republican presidential candidates Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley for vying for second place behind former President Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican primary.

Wallace emphasized that Trump holds a substantial lead over both candidates and stated that finishing second with a significant point difference makes one a loser.

RealClearPolitics’ poll average shows Trump leading with 62.7%, followed by Haley at 11% and DeSantis at 10.9%. (Trending: Pro Sport Announces Shock Decision On Transgender Athletes)

Abby Phillip said, “We are in this final countdown now to Iowa, and Trump is, as you said, the clear frontrunner. Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis are battling it out for second place, but they are now turning from attacking each other to saying that they are the ones who are gonna take on the former president.”

“It’s awfully late in the game. I mean, how many months has this campaign been going on? You know, you hear a little thing from DeSantis about, ‘Well he can’t win’ or ‘Trump didn’t keep all his promises as president,’ and from Nikki Haley about chaos. I mean, let’s put this in perspective. No Republican has ever won a contested race in the Iowa caucuses by more than 12 points,” replied Chris Wallace.

“Right now, Donald Trump leads both Haley and DeSantis by more than 30 points. So it seems awfully late for them to come to this recognition. But you know, I know one of them wants to be second, the other third. If you finish second but 30 or 32 points behind the frontrunner, you’re a loser. You’re not the second-place finisher, you’re the first loser,” continued Wallace.

“Yeah, there’s no participation trophy here for these guys,” said Phillip.

“I just think it’s so late now. I mean, we’re less than two weeks before the caucuses,” added Wallace.

In Iowa, Trump maintains a significant lead of over 30 percentage points.

Republican strategist, Jimmy Centers said, “Trump wants it to be the knockout blow.”

“Your campaign will do better if you can move on to the general instead of the vice presidential race as soon as possible,” he added.

“Their [2016] strategy was effectively to park a charter bus that was branded ‘Trump’ on high-visibility corridors and see who just walked up to the bus,” said Centers.

“That is not at all what their strategy is [now]. It is a traditional caucus strategy,” he continued.

“It’s truly second-to-none here relative to the other candidates and campaigns. It’s not close,” concluded Centers.

The former president’s strong position in Iowa is crucial for him to secure the nomination quickly.

Both DeSantis and Haley are actively campaigning in the state, but Trump’s team has been quietly building its operation in Iowa for years and has seen signs of growing support.

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