DeSantis Plots to Shield Trump, Crush Ramaswamy in Debate

DeSantis Plots to Shield Trump, Crush Ramaswamy in Debate

( – In what it claims to be a debate strategy document created by a third-party political organization supporting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), the New York Times advises him to defend former President Donald Trump and “hammer” rival Vivek Ramaswamy during the first Republican presidential primary debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the following week.

According to The Times, a company working with Never Back Down, a DeSantis super PAC, uploaded the paper online. Super PACs are limited in their ability to collaborate directly with campaigns.

Still, they can raise money to spend on behalf of candidates.

As stated in The Times:

“A firm associated with the super PAC that has effectively taken over Mr. DeSantis’s presidential campaign posted online hundreds of pages of blunt advice, research memos, and internal polling in early nominating states to guide the Florida governor ahead of the high-stakes Republican presidential debate next Wednesday in Milwaukee.

“There are four basic must-dos,” one of the memos urges Mr. DeSantis, whom the document refers to as “GRD.”

“1. Attack Joe Biden and the media 3-5 times. 2. State GRD’s positive vision 2-3 times. 3. Hammer Vivek Ramaswamy in a response. 4. Defend Donald Trump in absentia in response to a Chris Christie attack.”

In a recent Kaplan Strategies poll, Ramaswamy passed DeSantis for second place; he is currently in third position but moving up in the RealClearPolitics polling average.

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