Ron DeSantis won’t say he intends to serve full second term

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'It's not a tough question. It's a fair question. But he won't answer it.'

Florida’s Governor will not say he will serve a full four-year term if re-elected.

On Monday night, Ron DeSantis refused to answer a direct question from Charlie Crist in the sole debate of the 2022 gubernatorial campaign.

“Aren’t you supposed to be helping us the entire four years instead of just the last year? And Ron, you talk about Joe Biden a lot. I understand. You think you’re going to be running against him. I can see where you might get confused.”

“But you’re running for Governor. You’re running for Governor. I have a question for you: If you’re running for Governor, why don’t you look in the eyes of the people of the state of Florida and say to them that if you’re re-elected, you will serve a full four-year term as Governor.”

The crowd popped as DeSantis stayed silent.

“Yes or no,” Crist hectored. “Yes or no? Ron? Will you serve a full four-year term if you’re re-elected as Governor of Florida?”

DeSantis said something inaudible.

“It’s not a tough question; it’s a fair question. But he won’t answer it.”

The 2024 question continues to recur for DeSantis, who polls competitively with Donald Trump in Primary polls. However, he continues to be coy when reporters ask him if he will run in 2024.

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

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


28 comments

  • Karen

    October 24, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    As the moderator pointed out many times they were not supposed to ask each other questions! Gov DeSantis complied with the rule!

    • Ocean Joe

      October 24, 2022 at 8:07 pm

      The moderator also asked the crowd to withhold applause till the end, but the debaters adapted, and both did a good job. It was a Fort Pierce crowd, probably hand picked for volume.

      Charlie fired away, Ron didn’t object to his fan, and he sweated anyway. No errors by either, Ron was wise not to lie about serving a full term. It’s a poorly kept secret.

      Charlie helped himself, Ron didn’t hurt himself, the moderator did a great job both questioning and as eye candy.

      • Tom

        October 24, 2022 at 8:29 pm

        Ocean, your general objectivity is appreciated. Chameleon ( my recommendation to campaign ) is truly despicable.
        Knee crawler.

        Charlie sure demagogues every issue. Gov nailed him on lockdowns, schools, border, his tax increase, and a Biden lap dog.

        Charlie dished it out pretty good. He repeated his talk point issues 4 or 5x.

        DeSantis defended abortion position. The presidency issue, is immaterial until he announces one way or other.

        He’s never said he’s pursuing it. If he does we will find out.

        It was a good debate overall.
        Gov did well, so did Chameleon.
        Gov wins.

      • Tom

        October 24, 2022 at 8:29 pm

        Ocean, your general objectivity is appreciated. Chameleon ( my recommendation to campaign ) is truly despicable.
        Knee crawler.

        Charlie sure demagogues every issue. Gov nailed him on lockdowns, schools, border, his tax increase, and a Biden lap dog.

        Charlie dished it out pretty good. He repeated his talk point issues 4 or 5x.

        DeSantis defended abortion position. The presidency issue, is immaterial until he announces one way or other.

        He’s never said he’s pursuing it. If he does we will find out.

        It was a good debate overall.
        Gov did well, so did Chameleon.
        Gov wins.

        • The Real Tom

          October 24, 2022 at 8:45 pm

          DeSantis clearly lost…

  • David In Shoreline

    October 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Charlie Chameleon Crist tried his hardest to throw a few zingers at Governor DeSantis. Didn’t work. It’s official, DeSantis won the debate! Of course he could have fallen asleep at the podium and he’d still beat Crist by 7 points in the election.

  • Tom

    October 24, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Desperate Charlie.
    Soros paid a bunch of extremists to scream all night. What a despicable being chameleon is.
    Demagogue hypocrite.

    LMAO, Gov used by Chameleon” line I shared.
    Tom the legend continues.

    Gov won easily.

    • Joe Corsin

      October 24, 2022 at 8:14 pm

      DeSantis was up there looking like he had something sharp stuck up his ass. He lost the debate…got pulverized by Charlie.

      • Karen

        October 24, 2022 at 8:55 pm

        What a dream world you live in!

        • marylou

          October 24, 2022 at 10:41 pm

          Re-watch it with the volume turned off!! lol

          • MaryLou is a Moron

            October 25, 2022 at 10:26 am

            Yeah, I’m sure you don;t apy attention to anything said. Just like the old Jim Crow south bigots who let that slimy shit go on for decades. But hey keep on being the moron you are. Garbage.

    • Tom is a Delusional Moron

      October 25, 2022 at 10:28 am

      Let me translate Tom’s comment: Hi, I’m Tom and there are many morons like me in Florida who have no business voting because we are dipshits, but we will spread our dipshittery on the majority thanks to gerrymandering and lying to Latinos using religious bigotry.

      Also, I’m tom and I blow goats.

  • Charlie Crist

    October 24, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    I humiliated, embarrassed, and trounced Ron DeSantis in the debate. He lost his mind, lost his bearing, lost his ass, and lost the debate. Florida needs a nice guy, a uniter, not a divisive asshole. The dude will not even be governor in two years regardless. Don’t waste your vote.

    • Impeach Biden

      October 24, 2022 at 8:24 pm

      Why the fan Charlie? Too much time in the tanning bed today? You still got crushed by the Governor of Florida. You voted with Biden 100% of the time in Congress. That right there guarantees the end of your political career. You and Nikki Fried looking for work, along with the fake scientist Rebekah Jones. Good bye to all three of you clowns. Oh, almost forgot, bye bye to Demings as well. Red Tsunami is coming.

      • Charlie Crist

        October 24, 2022 at 9:22 pm

        Don’t be mad and scapegoat Biden for Trump crime spree, Trump debacle, Trump meltdown. It will be ok. Your party will regain legitimacy and win a presidential election like 50 years from now.

      • Impeach You

        October 25, 2022 at 10:24 am

        You should me impeached and sent to the moon. Moron.

      • Tjb

        October 25, 2022 at 11:53 am

        Did a tsunami (storm surge) take many lives and destroyed Fort Myers during Ian? Will a new term by DeSantis destroy Florida with a DeSantis’s tsunami type win?

  • Jerry

    October 24, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Crist spewing lies all over the stage. Of course I don’t expect the media to do their jobs to point that out.

    And what the hell was up with the audience? Could barely hear the two talking because all these Crist people couldnt shut up. Were they paid to be there by Soros? Wouldnt shock me.

    • MAGA does stupid so well

      October 25, 2022 at 10:23 am

      And this dogshit comment proves that yet again.

      DERP, Soros, DERP conspiracy, DERP, MORON.

      • Joe Corsin

        October 25, 2022 at 11:06 am

        Your stupid avatar picture and far right conspiracy theories prevent you from being taken seriously. I suggest you become civilized and join humanity before something bad happens to you.

  • Anthony Ruehle

    October 24, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Funny this is what got posted, that DeSantis would not answer that question for Crist. If you paid attention, you would have heard the commentator, say that both sides agreed that there would be NO Questions ask by the participants of each other. Notice how it is not mentioned that Crist would not answer when commentator ask at what point abortion should not be legal. Can not believe no one ever ask if it is a womens body her choice then why is prostitution illegal, it is her body. Also why can you not sell your body parts (like liver or kidney) Poor man could sell his liver for $100,000 and house and feed his family for a year. But they only allow you to donate your Body parts, it is illegal throughout the US to sell body parts. What happened to your body your choice?

    • marylou

      October 24, 2022 at 10:13 pm

      Q: “if it is a womens body her choice then why is prostitution illegal”
      A: The same reason that getting a vasectomy (or not) is a man’s body his choice.

      Q: If it’s a “womens body her choice….why can you not sell your body parts”
      A: The same reason that taking ED pills is a man’s body his choice.

      “why is prostitution illegal” … It shouldn’t be.
      “why can you not sell your body parts” …To prevent a black market where bad guys with guns steal poor people’s livers to sell to rich sociopaths. (Expect Desantis to throw out this law.)

  • Hope

    October 25, 2022 at 12:38 am

    It’s what you don’t say showcases strength and in this case rings true. It was clearly a violation of the agreed upon rules that Crist so flagrantly violated. The silence spoke volumes… highlights DeSantis has the temperament to remain silent and not react to the egregious breaking of the rule by Crist. Crist miscalculated and this maneuver backfired.

    • GFY Idiot

      October 25, 2022 at 10:21 am

      SHUT THE F*CK UP.

      DeShitis and his disgusting ilk do nothing but breaks rules of decorum and talk shit like they are tough, and dipshits like you think they’re just great. But here the fat f*ck you like who pimps out his wife’s cancer, well now we need rules when he looks like the dumbf*ck he is.

      Shame on you, you f*cking hypocrite POS.

  • MAGA rats are f*cking morons

    October 25, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Well despite reality clearly favoring Crist, I’m guessing you dipshits who never have a royal f*ck about the government before Cheetoh Jesus F8ckface came on the scene and you all thought, oh idiots can be in politics too, will come out and spread your dipshittery on everyone.

    The saddest thing is that the Latino crowd buys this bullshit. Everything those cultures value is the opposite oif the conservative platform except one thing: religious dipshittery. So in the land of freedom of religion, we all have to be ruled by religious nonsense, ensuring no true freedom of religion: freedom FROM religion.

    Shame on the Latinos that vote for that fat, entitled piece of garbage DeCraptis. Shame on the MAGA trash too, but they have no shame so legitimate, factual reason for them to go away and STFU won’t have any effect. You can’t tell stupid they’re stupid. They don’t understand.

  • Karen

    October 25, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Murdering a baby as birth control is barbaric, evil & a crime against humanity!
    There are thousands of infertile couples who will take those babies to love and nurture in a heartbeat so why murder?

    • Joe Corsin

      October 25, 2022 at 11:08 am

      👆 Walking advertisement for abortion and most likely a product of irresponsible sex

    • marylou

      October 25, 2022 at 9:47 pm

      That’s *YOUR* opinion. Forcing children, incest and rape victims to become mothers is the barbaric crime.

      Polling shows the opinions of young women of all political parties: “The most important issues for young women in deciding for whom to vote in November, are abortion, birth control, and the ERA.”–~https://msmagazine.com/2022/10/18/women-voters-midterm-elections-abortion

      Are you suggesting that women should not be the ones deciding whether they become mothers??

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