Some Iowa fans disregard Haley's repeated use of the new anti-DeSantis website.

 Iowa While campaigning in Iowa on Thursday, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley repeated some of her debate-stage criticisms of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, even though some of her fans believed her performance the night before had been weak.

Haley addressed a full Ankeny crowd after speaking to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Altoona days before the GOP caucuses. In Cedar Rapids on Thursday night, she would meet with voters.

Haley repeatedly pointed supporters to in Ankeny and Wednesday night's one-on-one debate. DeSantis and former South Carolina governor Haley have regularly accused one other of lying and distorting their records.

“There’s a lot of lies and everything going on,” Haley told the gathering Thursday. “I finally put it on a website because it's too big. Let's focus on stopping this drama and finding answers.

Some guests backed Haley but were disappointed with her recent debate performance, which they thought contradicted her above-the-fray manner.

“I think she did OK, but I think she relied too much on,” said West Des Moines resident Sam Wells. “And she got caught into the name calling that she has avoided, that attracted her to many people.” Phyllis Johnson of West Des Moines agreed.

Johnson stated, “I thought it was probably one of the poorest debates, and the reason I did is, I think her and DeSantis did too much back and forth slamming each other.” “There was too much friction. I believed it harmed them both.”

Retiree Johnson said she was delighted to caucus for the former South Carolina governor on Monday night, her first. “I think our country is really headed in the very wrong direction,” Johnson stated. So we must act. Nikki would be a nice option to get us back together.”

Before Haley, DeSantis addressed the renewable fuels group, saying that his campaign experience had taught him the importance of protecting the “hardworking, God-fearing, patriotic folks” he had encountered.

Former President Donald Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner, eclipsed Haley and DeSantis. At the end of his New York civil fraud trial, he had a six-minute rant before the judge cut him off, dominating the headlines from 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) away.

Like the day before, Trump conducted a Fox News town hall while Haley and DeSantis debated on CNN. Nielsen reported 4.3 million Trump town hall watchers, compared to 2.6 million for the head-to-head debate.

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