‘Little ol’ me doing my job’: Ron DeSantis stays coy as 2024 talk continues

Robert DeSantis
'Everyone wants to talk about me in Florida.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Cape Coral for a press conference Friday, where Florida Channel viewers were treated to some speculation about his future political possibilities.

The Governor introduced a speaker at the event, who kicked off his remarks with a seemingly off-script prediction about the race for the presidency.

“The man standing behind me is not only the greatest Governor on the planet,” said the speaker, Robert Pizzolongo.

“Mark 2025 on your calendar when he becomes the President,” he added.

Political topics spilled over into the question-and-answer session after the formal remarks, with DeSantis fielding questions about what a reporter called “false statements” in the national media.

“Everyone wants to talk about me in Florida,” DeSantis crowed. “Like, I’m just sitting here, little ol’ me, doing my job!”

DeSantis also offered remarks about California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the wake of the Golden State Democrat’s ad buy earlier this week criticizing DeSantis’ leadership of Florida.

Though the ad ran in Florida, it was under the auspices of Newsom’s re-election campaign, appearing as a call to arms for in-state Democrats.

Sounding like he might have been debating Newsom on a very much hypothetical presidential debate stage of the future, DeSantis blasted Newsom for “locking down his citizens” and “treating them like peasants,” a contrast to the “citadel of freedom” in the Sunshine State.

The Newsom ad accused DeSantis of subverting freedom, meanwhile.

“Freedom … it’s under attack in your state,” Newsom said, backdropped by images of DeSantis and mainstream media headlines blasting DeSantis.

DeSantis is still denying any interest in a presidential run, mocking what he called media “obsession” about a potential campaign in a recent press conference, and continuing to deflect when asked about 2024 “nonsense.” He sidestepped this topic for a national audience as recently as a Fox News interview last month.

However, speculation is not quieting. The latest revelation, via Reuters, is that his re-election social media is targeted beyond Florida’s borders, in what some interpret as a sign of larger national ambitions.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


17 comments

  • Frankie M.

    July 8, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    If he’s not runnin for potus why is lil ol Ronnie courting national donors in SLC? I remember when JDR would say so & so is our starting qb til he isn’t when he cuts him a week later. He’s the governor of Florida til he isn’t.

  • PeterH

    July 8, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    DeSantis and Trump are simpatico because they are both narcissist! It’s all about them.

    Let’s remember what happened to Trump.

    • Tom

      July 11, 2022 at 8:15 pm

      You are Rick Wilson’s towel boy.
      I guess it’s “simpatico” right!

  • Charlene Campbell

    July 8, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Governor Ron DeSantis held a great Press Conference for lowering Drug Costs! We LOVE our Governor! He always does the best for the Citizens of Florida! NO Nonsense Leadership! We would hate to lose Ron DeSantis as our Governor, but if he made a Presidential run, he would do a great job!

  • David in Shoreline

    July 8, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    I know the great Governor doesn’t need the stress right now, but I’m one of those who enthusiastically supports DeSantis for President. I’ve never been so sure of one thing in my life – that Ron DeSantis is the President that America truly needs and deserves.

  • Michael Paris

    July 9, 2022 at 7:57 am

    The absolute best governor in Florida history. A national voice of reason and courage. True bold leadership.

  • Tom

    July 9, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Yes, Very proud of my conservative brother, sisters Michael, David and Charlene, and other great Americans. Please do not hesitate to advocate for Gov Ron.

    America’s Governor is the best Governor in America. He provides principled leadership, conservative voice on behalf of millions of families, people’s, and the voiceless. Due to his policies and efforts he has made Florida a national leader.

    His Covid policies are the example, as he led on seniors inoculation and monoclonal centers.

    Unemployment is 3%, Floridians are working as their wage growth is 7.8%,, highest in country.
    Florida now has $21 billion in state financial reserves.

    Schools opened, education is identified as one of best in country. Expanded public school vouchers for minorities and poor. Union sued on Covid schools opening, he won. His policies prevented youth suicides and protects parents, families.

    Educators, Teachers, law enforcement, first responders, state workers have all received 1 to 2 salary increases and bonuses.

    Florida jobs, trade markets, and technology centers are expanding.

    Gov Ron is making a difference every day for Floridians. Families, people know that he is on their side. Blue collar, working class, middle class, all of Florida is for Gov Ron, America’s Gov. the youngest and best Governor in country.

    Rising tide for all, not a few. Do for America what you’ve accomplished for Florida.

    God Bless our Governor, first last and young family!

    • Bill

      July 11, 2022 at 7:49 am

      That’s quite the man crush you have going on there. I assume you get the bit that if you turned up in his front yard to pledge your unrequited love to him that his security guards would shoot you … right?

      • Tom

        July 11, 2022 at 7:44 pm

        Just facts, you ignorant fool Bill.
        Something you and your Manchurian nation are devoid with. Biden’s at 29% approval in Florida.

        America’s Gov is the example, not just in Florida but in the USA. Under any reasonable metric he’s scored A’s across the board. Only under you and Manchurian Dum Dems is that a problem. To the 5% of you and talking point morons.

        The peeps of Florida, the hardworking class, blue collar, middle class know he’s on their side.
        On every major topic America’s Gov makes a difference for all Floridians. He saved kids from suicides keeping schools open. 3.0% unemployment, probably lower now. 7.8% wage growth, and on and on. His Covid plan recognized as best in country. Florida prospered and people’s prospered, kids prospered.

        America’s Gov, do for America what you’ve accomplished for Florida.

        Chameleon and or Fraud, getting beat down. Whiz kid Gov. is the new generation leader.

      • Tom

        July 11, 2022 at 8:12 pm

        It makes up for Manchurian hate, lies and trashing.

        Obviously, you are all disturbed by America’s Govs success like Newsom is and others.

        Any time you want to meet Bill, such an apparent tough guy, let me know where.

        Alluding to me getting shot is appalling and a threat. Watch your words.

  • Tom

    July 9, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Yes David, Michael and Charlene.
    America’s Gov, the very best.
    Great presser by the youngest and best Gov in country.

    Florida is a highlight reel on success and economic, freedom, liberty and opportunity for all. A rising tide for all Americans, not a few.

    3.0 unemployment.
    7.8% wage growth.
    $21 billion in financial reserves.
    Schools opened, suicides prevented.
    Expanded public school vouchers program.
    And so much more.

    America’s Gov the best!

    • Joe Corsin

      July 11, 2022 at 8:26 am

      In your dreams. Florida is only a haven for the rich. The poor continue to get poorer and so do the middle class because of low wages, wage theft, and various other forms of grifting. There is slavery here. Until the minimum wage increases to $15 HR.. Florida will still be a slave state.

      • Tom

        July 11, 2022 at 7:52 pm

        You are a clueless, shameful “bastard” Joe, really pathetic.
        Get a job, get a life,
        Less 3.0% unemployment you ignoramus. Who are you talking about,? Thousands of jobs avail.
        Please. How ignorant are you and Mary who?

  • YYep

    July 9, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Just another bag of Bones

  • Elliott Offen

    July 10, 2022 at 10:32 am

    DeSantis raped a cat while in service. Vote Crist for governor…

  • FL Voter

    July 11, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Ronnie must have taken a few too many baseballs to the head! He’s losing it.

    • Tom

      July 12, 2022 at 7:38 am

      Ronnie, the Gov, America’s Governor is big balls, Kahones like a elephant.

      He is the whiz kid Governor. Who whizzes regularly upon all the Dum, Dem Manchurian nation.

      LMAO, such a clown show. Biden is at 29% in Florida. Chameleon, Fraud and Dum Demings no chance!

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