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Haley doesn’t take bait from Ramaswamy: ‘Not worth my time’

Nikki Haley refused to fall prey to rival Vivek Ramaswamy and fended off attacks from conservative entrepreneurs during Wednesday night's debate in Alabama.

Asked by co-host Eliana Johnson if she wanted to respond to Ramaswamy's attacks on her, Haley said “no.” “It's not worth your time to respond to him.”

Her response drew cheers from the audience.

Ramaswamy accused Haley of having a “corruption problem” and held up a sign that read “Nikki = Corruption,” to a mix of boos and cheers from the audience at the Tuscaloosa event.

He called her a “puppet” and accused her of “using identity politics” as a “form of intellectual fraud.”

The debate was hosted by The Hill's sister news organization NewsNation and moderated by Johnson, NewsNation anchor Elizabeth Vargas and former Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

Ramaswamy and Haley have had some firefly exchanges in previous debates, and Ramaswamy saw the fourth as another opportunity to lash out at the former UN ambassador.

Haley has been gaining momentum based on her performance in previous debates, with her breakthrough in the fourth debate over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and second place in the key field for former President Trump's party. This is seen as the key to securing a slot. Voting begins in January.

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