Ron DeSantis again explains why he is working with the Biden administration

DeSantis Watters
"But you've got to be willing to work together to help folks."

Gov. Ron DeSantis is still trying to contextualize working with President Joe Biden to Fox News Channel interviewers.

Asked how things were going with Biden Friday night on Jesse Watters Primetime, DeSantis described how the dynamic emerged, taking credit for building rapprochement.

“Well, I’ll tell you what. I mean, what I told him is that the media was making a big deal that he wasn’t talking to me or whatever, and I told him, I was like, ‘Look, I want to work together for these people. Because these people are from all walks of life. Republicans, Democrats, they expect us to be able to put our differences aside,” DeSantis explained, before flashing his partisan side.

“And nobody has done more to stand up to this administration than me in Florida over the last year and a half, as you know,” DeSantis claimed. “But you’ve got to be willing to work together to help folks. And so I think the response from local, state, and federal has been pretty seamless.”

“And I think that’s a testament,” DeSantis added. “That we as a country can get things done when it counts.”

Watters called it “inspirational” that “nobody was monkeying around and screwing things up” as DeSantis’ comments wrapped on this topic.

It’s worth noting the White House readout of the first Ian-related call between Biden and DeSantis was not quite so descriptive, noting that Biden pledged support and the two pledged “close cooperation.”

DeSantis and Biden were together earlier this week for an event in Southwest Florida, with Biden vowing to be with the residents of the region as they all worked to “build back better.” It’s clear that they have found ways to transcend political differences and work, as the President put it, “hand in glove.”

Yet working together seems easier than explaining it to Fox hosts without qualifiers and caveats, especially those whose stock in trade is dissing the President.

Tucker Carlson questioned DeSantis days after the storm about whether the Biden administration would come through for Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian. The Governor affirmed he was “cautiously optimistic” that would happen.

“So, I actually spoke with the President, and he said he wants to be helpful,” DeSantis told Carlson.

“It’s my sense that the administration wants to help,” DeSantis told Sean Hannity as the storm approached its Florida landfall.

Even as DeSantis deals with a Fox News tightrope, his polling numbers have never been stronger nationally, with the Governor shining in storm response in a new Economist/YouGov poll.

A full 55% of all respondents and 61% of likely voters approved of DeSantis’ storm response, against 19% and 21% disapproval, respectively.

This buoyancy held for people who voted for President Joe Biden in 2020, with 38% approving of the Governor’s storm handling and 34% disapproving. A full 43% of Democrats approved, with just 34% disapproving.

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


39 comments

  • Meredith Lee Ayling Shaw

    October 7, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    DeSantis just cannot stop his constant theatrics, even during a crisis in his own state. Presidents ALWAYS support disaster relief, the Federal bureaucracy works with state and local, military works under DSCA (Defense Support to Civil Authorities, and like Obama did, like Clinton did, like George W did, they were the face of administrations executing the Federal role. DeSantis sounds like a toddler trying to credit himself with the sun rising in the morning.

    • Rick Olps

      October 8, 2022 at 9:34 am

      Sounds like you’re more political with this than anyone else I have heard or read. You’re entitled to your opinion. I don’t think there could be a better governor for this situation than DeSantis. He shows leadership and willing to do what it takes to get the job done. In doing so he in a position of criticism, I just wish people like you would realize that and give support instead of throwing rocks at it.

      • Clifford

        October 8, 2022 at 11:37 am

        It’s called doing you’re job. Hell you could probably do it Rick

        • ken

          October 9, 2022 at 1:56 pm

          What do you call what biden is doing to this country? Doing his job?

      • Dawn

        October 8, 2022 at 2:08 pm

        Listen to his words. “Me, me, me. I, I, I.” It tells you everything you need to know about anyone regardless of their politics. Anything that narcissists do that appears to be in the best interest of others, is actually being done in THEIR best interests. If it didn’t benefit themselves, they wouldn’t be doing it. Period.

        • ken

          October 9, 2022 at 2:00 pm

          You should listen to biden’s words (when he can form them). It tells us everything we need to know about him & his family! Especially when he accuses half the country of being terrorists!

    • Ken Stafford

      October 8, 2022 at 9:58 am

      People like you just can’t give people credit for anything unless there a Democratic. People like yourself should stay off social media.

    • Shawn

      October 8, 2022 at 11:15 am

      You and all the other”know it all democrats” just can’t call a “spade a spade”. DeSantis is a true leader and passionate for his state and country. Take your blinders off and wake up

    • Jacqueline Turner

      October 8, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      You’ve said a mouthful. You nailed it.

    • James

      October 14, 2022 at 5:17 pm

      You comments show a child like attitude and based on your comments having no foundation I would suggest you go back to cleaning floors and windows which should be easy enough for you to understand

  • Tom

    October 7, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Tropical 2 swirling ocean typhooncane?

  • tom palmer

    October 7, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    It would be great if Gov. DeSantis would concentrate more on governing than other things. President Biden will help Florida recover if we put those things aside.

    • ken

      October 9, 2022 at 2:02 pm

      When is biden going to help the country recover from what he’s done?

  • Lena

    October 8, 2022 at 7:23 am

    Florida loves our Governor. We are a law and order state and the rest of the country wishes they lived here. Stop giving him a hard time while we recover. He built a bridge in 3 days! Our media and everyone should be building bridges to help us right now! Stop it! Come together!

    • Phil

      October 8, 2022 at 8:33 am

      Great inspiritation.

    • Elliott Offen

      October 8, 2022 at 8:51 am

      Law and order state yet most of the people in Florida voted for the orange crime boss, election thief, snake oil salesmen. Not to mention many of the J6 terrorists who went up there to Washington to protest a free and fair election were from Florida. Real patriotic protesting a free and fair election in favor of a billionaire and far right madman.

      • Scott88

        October 8, 2022 at 12:24 pm

        Still haven’t recovered from your Trump Derangement Syndrome I see. Must be terminal.🤪

        • Elliott Offen

          October 8, 2022 at 1:23 pm

          Still haven’t recovered from your pro crime, pro terrorism, anti democracy syndrome I see. Must be terminal 🤪

          • ken

            October 9, 2022 at 2:07 pm

            Whose pro crime? defund police & no bail policies seem to prove otherwise!

      • Rick Olps

        October 9, 2022 at 5:43 am

        And you voted for the Biden Armageddon go figure. I suppose you want nuclear war because of your vote. Just turn your back and run like Armageddon Joe.

      • ken

        October 9, 2022 at 2:14 pm

        Trump is probably the most investigated person in history but yet there is never anything found to support the left’s accusations. Now the real criminals are the bidens with plenty of substantiated evidence that is ignored by his biased DOJ. And don’t forget that it’s not just Florida but half the country that are terrorists according to biden!

    • Vera

      October 9, 2022 at 11:33 am

      Not ALL of Florida “LOVES” Desantis. And, I voted for him. Liked him until he became Trump jr.

  • TOM WEBSTER

    October 8, 2022 at 7:49 am

    I’ve lived in Florida for over 20 years after 60 up north. Down there have been a lot bad responses to storms that cost lives, created misery and cost billions. FEMA does not get it done without local planning and support.
    I hope DiSantis becomes President. He will be a good one.
    BTW, I think Biden is just a poor mouthpiece for the hard leftists who write his scripts. I doubt Biden’s handlers were happy with him acting as though he knew what’s right.

  • Winston

    October 8, 2022 at 8:09 am

    DeSantis is doing an excellent work in Florida. Most people in Florida like what he is doing. He is on top of any issues and get results. No like others with many excuses and no results. As for people that like and voted for Biden should be embarrassed of the job he is doing and how bad this country is heading with the worse inflation ilegal immigration crisis with all kinds of criminals with no background check information coming to US to contaminate the country. These all DemocRats got to go soonest and start building US again as strong as it was and no just get under like now

    • Joe Corsin

      October 8, 2022 at 8:54 am

      👆 This communist wants government intervention in the free market so that he can get cheap stuff!!!

    • Concern Citizen

      October 8, 2022 at 10:45 am

      High Inflation is a world wide problem. Did Biden cause The world wide inflation?

      • Rick Olps

        October 9, 2022 at 5:51 am

        Yes, he did when he closed the Keystone Pipeline. Then Democrats added to it with all the government handouts. Armageddon Joe was warned, but as usual he didn’t listen to anyone.

        • marylou

          October 9, 2022 at 11:02 am

          The majority of the US population wanted the Keystone Pipeline closed. Oil companies have 1,000+ leases that they can drill on any time they want to. Companies admit their shareholders refuse to invest in drilling at this time because they’re waiting for higher profits. Oil corporations are forcing you to pay more!

          CEOs of companies in all nations are bragging about RECORD CORPORATE PROFITS and how inflation is giving them cover for raising prices FAR in excess of costs.

          Which government “handouts”? Trump and Biden provided assistance to families and businesses because of the pandemic’s effects on the economy. Who did you think Presidents Trump and Biden should not have helped?

          How do Republicans plan to force oil companies to drill? What’s Desantis’s plan to control RECORD CORPORATE PROFITS???

          • ken

            October 9, 2022 at 2:26 pm

            Giving leases out that are not worth pursuing because there is little chance of drilling oil is just a political game! Do your research.

      • ken

        October 9, 2022 at 2:16 pm

        No, just ours!

    • marylou

      October 8, 2022 at 9:28 pm

      What does Desantis plan to do to fix inflation???

      • ken

        October 9, 2022 at 2:22 pm

        When he’s President? Probably put things back the way they were before “build back better”!!

  • Yrral

    October 8, 2022 at 8:50 am

    Another hurricane will impact Florida,within the month, as early as 10 days,why is the government of Florida,not prepared to handle a storm ,just as worse as Ian,an hurricane do not have a schedule,that care about your lifestyle,why has Florida, pass state laws that force people to leave out of harm way ,if they have minor children,why has Desantis said how many people from Florida are missing and presume swept out to sea,Google State of Florida Metrologist

  • Guillian

    October 8, 2022 at 11:24 am

    As we every year in Florida facing hurricane, it would be better to focus on zoning and the type of building to live in. Good politics+economics impacting State’s development than political ideology itself.

  • Yrral

    October 8, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    The next hurricane come to Ft Myers area,these island that were wash away,instead of acting a speed bump,will act as ramp, pushing the water further inland,with the next hurricane, Florida coast are vulnerable to coastal erosion now,Texas has lots of land , people that live on the coast in Texas lived near Oil and Chemical refineries, people from Florida would not like their neighbors,to be an oil refinery Google HAR Houston

  • Mary Kulp

    October 8, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    DeSantis is sitting on more than 20 BILLION DOLLARS of COVID 19 money given to all 50 states to give back to their constituents, so they have extra money for things we need. well why are we not gett stimulus checks put into our accounts so we can fix our homes after this Hurricane. we need funds now.

    • ken

      October 9, 2022 at 2:19 pm

      Look into school districts and see how much covid money they are sitting on all over the country.

  • Bill

    October 8, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Biden should tell DeSantis to redirect his immigrant transfer fund to hurricane relief. If the state of Florida wants autonomy from federal interference, then own it.

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