The 2024 campaigns took place in the snow Tuesday in Iowa, with time running out for a chance to make one last impression with voters before Monday night’s Republican caucuses.
While most events were canceled due to snowstorms, attention turned to former President Donald J. Trump, who appeared in court in Washington to argue that he benefited from complete immunity from criminal prosecution for actions he had taken as president. Three federal appeals court judges expressed deep skepticism about this argument.
As Iowans emerge from the snow Wednesday, the countryside will hit the trail again.
Former Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, after appearing at public events on separate days earlier in the week, will face off directly Wednesday night in a debate to be broadcast by CNN . The front-runner, Mr. Trump, declined to participate, as he did in debates throughout the nomination race.
But Mr Trump hopes to derail his rivals’ appearances – a tactic he has also employed repeatedly. He will appear at a Fox News town hall that will run simultaneously with the CNN debate — seeking to disrupt one of the last opportunities Mr. DeSantis and Ms. Haley have to win over voters with just five days until Caucus Day.
Mr Trump’s absences from the campaign trail – he is also due back in court on Thursday, this time for a civil fraud trial in New York – could give his rivals a window to narrow his huge polling lead in the Iowa.
Little has worked so far, and he is 30 points ahead of his competitors in the Iowa polls, with Mr. DeSantis and Ms. Haley virtually tied for a distant second place. Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who did not qualify for the CNN debate, is campaigning hard but remains stuck in a distant fourth place. In New Hampshire, where the campaign will take place after Monday, new polls show a tight race, with support from Ms. Haley.
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Mr. Ramaswamy has recently tried to position himself as more electable than Mr. Trump while passionately defending the former president in the face of his criminal prosecution.
Mr. Trump said in an interview Monday that he believed the economy would collapse soon, adding that he hoped it would happen next year so President Biden would be blamed.
Former Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who is not campaigning in Iowa and is banking on New Hampshire, told a town hall in the state that he would not support Ms. Haley unless that she does not withdraw from possible consideration. as Mr. Trump’s running mate. Mr. Christie is under pressure to withdraw from the race to shore up Ms. Haley’s support as a stronger anti-Trump candidate.
The report was provided by Maggie Astor, Anjali Huynh And Neil Vigdor.