Ron DeSantis wants to ‘chill out’ 2024 speculation

DeSantis Matlacha
'It's been a long election. We've got the Georgia runoff.'

Ron DeSantis is ready to move on from talks of a “civil war” in the Republican Party, or any political talk beyond next month’s election in Georgia.

On Wednesday in Matlacha, the Governor sidestepped a question about 2024, preferring instead to focus on the Georgia runoff and governing Florida after his “historic victory” over Charlie Crist last week.

“We just finished this election. People just need to chill out a little bit on some of this stuff,” DeSantis said.

“We have this Georgia runoff that is coming, which is very important for Republicans to win that Georgia runoff. I mean, I know around the country Florida was kind of the biggest bright spot. It was not so bright in many other parts of the country. It was a substandard performance given the dynamics that are at play,” DeSantis said.

“It’s been a long election. We’ve got the Georgia runoff. But for me, it’s like, ‘OK, what more do we need to do to continue to make Florida lead the way?'”

DeSantis said he was “excited” by the “great momentum” Republicans have, but he did not offer a review of former President Donald Trump’s launch of his 2024 campaign Tuesday night at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump made the decision to launch weeks before the Georgia election between U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker will be decided. Meanwhile, recent polls show Trump losing to DeSantis in a series of hypothetical 2024 Primary contests.

Trump did not mention DeSantis or any other potential Republican opponent Tuesday night. For his part, DeSantis doesn’t seem ready to take the bait, even downplaying the sharp language from the former President.

“I think some of this stuff gets overdone in some of the media,” DeSantis told a friendly questioner in Fort Walton Beach Tuesday, even as he offered a contrast between Florida and GOP performance elsewhere in the country there too.

“At the end of the day, I would tell people to check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night. The fact of the matter is it was the greatest Republican victory in the state of Florida.”

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


15 comments

  • PeterH

    November 16, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Why am I not surprised that Ron DeSantis would support Party over Country in his support of Walker?

  • Linwood Wright

    November 16, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Run Ronnie Run!
    The “Red Wave” of 2022 was only a thing in Florida, while rest of the country rejected the mental illness of modern conservatism.

    A DeSantis nomination will be a gift to the Democrats, and by extension, the country.

  • Yrral

    November 16, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Peterh, supporting Walker,who defile White women into having abortion,you wonder why White Supremacists are cinfused

    • marylou

      November 16, 2022 at 7:08 pm

      Exactly!

  • Gerard

    November 16, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I think desantis is scared of trump, be a man and stand up to him I think you scared

  • Gerard

    November 16, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I think desantis is scared of trump, be a man and stand up to him I think you scared not true I have never said that coming from me but whatever

  • Tom

    November 17, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    All of you above, peter h and Linwood, two old time 5% neophyte haters, along with you others.

    America’s Gov gagged you all, 60% later. Peter h, I told you that he would gain Dem voters. 20%, Miami Dade, West Palm, Hillsborough, heavily Puerto Rican, African Americans voting for Gov.
    Dem blue counties Red now! Independents, all Hispanics, not just Cubans. Suburban women, and Repub., get you 60%. It’s a Florida sunshine coalition! Rising tide lifts all.

    Gov has plenty of time, he can wait into summer,
    Or Labor Day. He dominates the playing field.

    As for you all, isolated extremists, the fringe walking the plank! Losers.

    • cassandra of the swamp

      November 18, 2022 at 4:26 pm

      40% are going to regret voting for Rubio and Ron deSactimonious:
      Retirees will be sorry when their Social Security is cut and they receive a $200 medical expense voucher to replace their Medicare. Hope they think the sacrifice was worth it to fight Socialism!!

      Women will regret voting for Ron when his fertilized egg abortion ban with no exceptions results in their daughter being forced to have her rapist’s baby, or being denied cancer treatment because she is pregnant, or IVF and contraceptives are banned. Hope they think their sacrifice was worth it to get the government to control “those women’s” behavior.

      ——-https://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2022/11/be-careful-about-traveling-to-republican-states-if-you-can-get-pregnant

    • cassandra of the swamp

      November 18, 2022 at 8:04 pm

      40% are going to regret voting for Rubio and Ron deSactimonious:
      Retirees will be sorry when their Social Security is cut and they receive a $200 medical expense voucher to replace their Medicare. Hope they think the sacrifice was worth it to fight Socialism!!

      Women will regret voting for Ron when they realize their bodily autonomy is gone and the government will now be surveilling and controlling them. Hope they think their sacrifice was worth it to get the government to control “those women’s” behavior.

      http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2022/11/be-careful-about-traveling-to-republican-states-if-you-can-get-pregnant

  • cassandra of the swamp

    November 18, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    40% are going to regret voting for Rubio and Ron deSactimonious:
    Retirees will be sorry when their Social Security is cut and they receive a $200 medical expense voucher to replace their Medicare. Hope they think the sacrifice was worth it to fight Socialism!!

    Women will regret voting for Ron when his fertilized egg abortion ban with no exceptions results in their daughter being forced to have her rapist’s baby, or being denied cancer treatment because she is pregnant, or IVF and contraceptives are banned. Hope they think their sacrifice was worth it to get the government to control “those women’s” behavior.

    **https://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2022/11/be-careful-about-traveling-to-republican-states-if-you-can-get-pregnant

    • Tom

      November 19, 2022 at 8:08 am

      5% extremist hater Cassandra.
      Walk the plank. Btw, 60% voted for Gov. which included Dems. The 40% that opposed are entitled. More fringe.

      State of Florida does not deal with federal issues of Social security and Medicare.

      The Florida Dems are lost for a generation in Florida, as you are Cassandra. Enjoy.

      • marylou

        November 20, 2022 at 9:51 am

        Rubio deals with Social Security and Medicare. Repubs have already said they will use debt ceiling to make SS and Medicare cuts.

        • Tom

          November 26, 2022 at 4:33 am

          The Dums are lost for a generation, You Mary hootch are lost for a lifetime. One of the most extreme, ignorant hater we have on FP. Clueless, pathetic and ignorant is no way to go through life, u have though, good going.

        • Tom

          November 26, 2022 at 4:33 am

          The Dums are lost for a generation, You Mary hootch are lost for a lifetime. One of the most extreme, ignorant hater we have on FP. Clueless, pathetic and ignorant is no way to go through life, u have though, good going.

    • Tom

      November 19, 2022 at 8:08 am

      5% extremist hater Cassandra.
      Walk the plank. Btw, 60% voted for Gov. which included Dems. The 40% that opposed are entitled. More fringe.

      State of Florida does not deal with federal issues of Social security and Medicare.

      The Florida Dems are lost for a generation in Florida, as you are Cassandra. Enjoy.

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