After about half-hour of debate that includes repeated promotions of marketing campaign web sites and dozens of permutations of the phrase “lie,” Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Nikki Haley diverged on precise coverage: the conflict in Ukraine.
Overseas coverage is a subject Ms. Haley has seized on in earlier debates, showcasing a fluency with worldwide points from her time as ambassador to the United Nations and infrequently trampling over the provocations of isolationist candidates like Vivek Ramaswamy.
She took an identical tack Wednesday night time in drawing a stark distinction with Mr. DeSantis over navy help to Ukraine. Ms. Haley certified that she didn’t assist placing American troops on the bottom however mentioned it was essential to assist Ukraine to be able to forestall a wider world battle, help “a pro-American, freedom-loving nation” and forestall the additional march of Russia.
“That is about stopping conflict — it’s at all times been about stopping conflict,” Ms. Haley mentioned. “If we assist Ukraine, that’s solely 3.5 p.c of our protection funds.”
Mr. DeSantis, who has been way more crucial of American assist for Ukraine, depicted Ms. Haley’s place as consistent with President Biden’s, decrying what he described as an never-ending dedication to what could possibly be a prolonged battle.
“They won’t inform you after they’ve achieved their aim, and that is going to go on perhaps a whole lot of billions extra into the longer term,” Mr. DeSantis mentioned, claiming that Ms. Haley cared “extra about Ukraine’s border than she does about our personal southern border.”
Ms. Haley denounced that as a false selection, leaping in with out prompting from the moderators after Mr. DeSantis completed.
“That is the lie they’re telling the American folks again and again,” she mentioned. “They’re saying you must select between Ukraine or Israel, Israel and securing the border.
“It’s so improper to say this,” she mentioned.