Haley mocks Trump in effort to entice debate with former president ahead of SC primary: ‘Can’t hide’

FIRST ON FOX: Former U.N. Ambassador and presidential candidate Nikki Haley is poking fun at former President Donald Trump in a new effort to entice a debate between the two ahead of the South Carolina Republican primary later this month.Her campaign announced on Wednesday the launch of a new digital ad — part of a previously announced $4 million ad buy — seeking to highlight the differences between the two candidates and their presences before audiences discussing important policy issues.The ad, titled, “Exclusive Footage of the Haley-Trump Debate,” includes clips of Haley’s debate performances in recent months, as well as scenes from some of Trump’s various campaign speeches, shining light on the fact that the former president has yet to participate in a debate this election cycle.TRUMP WORLD, DEMOCRATS UNITE IN TROLLING NIKKI HALEY AFTER LOSS TO ‘LITERALLY NO ONE’ IN NEVADA PRIMARYThe ad will also direct people who want to see a debate between the two candidates to sign a petition.”It’s not surprising that Donald Trump refuses to debate Nikki Haley. He knows he’s not the candidate he used to be and that Nikki would mop the floor with him,” Haley campaign spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas told Fox News Digital. “He can’t hide behind a teleprompter and lie about her record in a debate, but that’s no excuse: the people of South Carolina deserve to hear from the candidates side-by-side,” she added.OBAMA VETERAN WHO BOASTED ABOUT USING ‘KNOW NOTHING’ REPORTERS TO PUSH IRAN DEAL RE-LAUNCHES ANTI-TRUMP GROUPThe ad comes after Trump challenged President Biden to an “immediate” debate during a Monday radio appearance.”I’d like to debate him now because we should debate. We should debate for the good of the country,” Trump said.Biden was asked about Trump’s comments later that day while campaigning in Nevada.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Immediately? Well, if I were him, I’d want to debate me too. He’s got nothing else to do,” he told reporters.Trump and Haley are set to go head-to-head in her home state of South Carolina for its primary on Feb. 24. So far, polling shows Trump with a double-digit advantage.Fox News Digital has reached out to Trump’s campaign for comment.Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.
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