Florida Republican nominee for governor Ron DeSantis will no longer sit down with the six newspapers that make up the USA Today network in Florida, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
The abrupt cancellation from DeSantis came less than 24 hours after a widely panned debate performance.
The original plan was for DeSantis to sit down with editors from the papers in a discussion that would be live-streamed on Facebook. His Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, is still scheduled for his meetings with the papers.
During Sunday night’s debate, DeSantis was caught flat-footed against Gillum, who is the current mayor of Florida’s capital, Tallahassee.
DeSantis has campaigned for months by touting his closeness to Trump, but when asked if Trump was a “good role model” for Florida children, he punted. Instead DeSantis rambled on about the U.S. embassy in Israel.