Republican debate live updates and analysis: Sparks fly between DeSantis, Ramaswamy, more


Members of Ron DeSantis’s campaign are still upset about a debate memo that was prepared and published last week by the super PAC supporting the governor, a source close to the campaign told ABC News Wednesday, describing the members of the team as “wildly irritated.”

Chief among the team’s complaints is that the memo, which detailed suggested approaches and lines of attack, effectively handcuffs DeSantis by preventing the governor from using any of the advice on stage lest he invite attacks from opponents for using lines manufactured for him by other people.

The memo included research documents that show that Axiom Strategies, a consulting firm tied to the super PAC, anticipated that the biggest hits to DeSantis would be for his battle with Disney, stance and past comments on Ukraine, Florida’s Black history standard, the culture wars, and abortion.

The packet also included past comments made by presidential hopefuls attacking DeSantis on those specific subjects.

DeSantis himself has downplayed the memo, telling Fox News recently, “It’s not mine. I haven’t read it. It’s just — I think it’s something that we have put off to the side.”

-ABC News’ Hannah Demissie, Will McDuffie and Olivia Osteen


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