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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 6/29/20-Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks after signing the $92.2 billion 2020-21 budget Monday during a news conference at the Capitol in Tallahassee. DeSantis vetoed more than $1 billion from the spending plan sent to him by the legislature. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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Is Joe Biden ‘making the sale’ to Florida voters? Not according to Ron DeSantis

Even during a state of emergency, the political questions continue.

Even during a state of emergency in the Panhandle, the political questions continue for Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The Governor, on Fox News Wednesday afternoon, contended that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wasn’t “making the sale” with persuadable voters in South Florida even to the levels Hillary Clinton was four years ago.

“I think that Biden has not been able to make the sale with a lot of the voters that a Democrat would need to win,” DeSantis told host Bill Hemmer.

“The difference between now and ’16,” DeSantis said, “you look at a place like Miami-Dade County. The President didn’t perform well there but he still won the state. He’s performing much better there.”

The Governor’s take is buttressed by polling showing that Trump is making inroads, both at large within the county and among certain Hispanic communities.

“He’s united the Republican base for sure. He’s winning a lot of these independents, particularly in the Hispanic community. That is really, really significant,” DeSantis said.

“Even some of the polls you see that have him tied or even ahead, he wasn’t ahead in the polls in 2016 that were publicly available,” DeSantis said. “But I can tell you, when I was running for Congress in my district I saw it. When I was knocking on doors, I saw it. The independents breaking for him, I saw it. And I think you’re going to see something similar in 2020.”

The Governor’s comments jibe with the read among many high-profile Republicans on the current state of the presidential race.

Lt. Gov. Jeanette Núñez, on “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday, said that while she’s “seeing a lot of ads” in Florida for the Democratic campaign, there’s “not a lot of enthusiasm on the ground.”

U.S. Senator Rick Scott, who frequently contends the public polls are anywhere from four to seven points off in Florida, likewise contends that Biden is washed, and that even the $100 million billionaire Michael Bloomberg committed to Biden’s Florida ops won’t matter.

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“I don’t care how much Michael Bloomberg tries to sell,” Scott said Tuesday. “It’s a bad ad.”

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Frankie M.

    September 16, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Shocking take from Ronnie

  2. James Robert Miles

    September 16, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    DeSatan is his usual divisive self. This is a trait of the GOP. He appoints a new judge to the Florida Supreme Court who is both anti choice and anti LGBT among other things. So what else is new? The Trump butt kisser certainly hopes that the lying egomaniac with the orange fade to blond hair, makeup and spray on tan wearing jackass wins because DeSatan has to run again in two years. DeSatan won by only a narrow margin and his popularity is plumenting so he better watch out! Can Floridah voters be stupid enough to reelect DeSatan? We can only hope that they won’t!

  3. Sonja Fitch

    September 16, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    As if duffus Desantis has a clue !

  4. God

    September 17, 2020 at 4:59 am

    God Bless Ron! God Bless DJT! MAGA 2020!

    • James Robert Miles

      September 17, 2020 at 6:43 am

      Yeah right.If GOD is a Republican, than this God of yours must in fact be the devil GUMP TRUMP be fore he destroys America and send DeSatan packing in two years!!

  5. Brad Foley

    September 17, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Nikki Fried For Governor 2020!

    Its gonna be so wonderful to vote against this lying, disingenuous, incompetent, Trump ass kisser in 2022.

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