Mike Waltz waffles when asked to choose between Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis

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'Competition is good.'

U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz may have replaced Ron DeSantis in Congress, but that doesn’t mean he backs the Governor’s expected run for the White House.

During a Saturday morning segment on the Fox News Channel‘s Cavuto Live, the third-term Republican refused to choose between DeSantis and Donald Trump when asked what his presidential preference was.

“Well, Neil, look, I think the governor has done a phenomenal job in governing the state. One thousand people a day are voting with their feet to come here. But what I’m pleased to see is President Trump putting out a series of policy videos reminding people of things that they not may not realize he did.”

Waltz cited “the Abraham Accords” and “historic funding to historically Black Colleges and Minority Opportunity zones” and “how he would govern and crafting a Policy looking forward like he did in 2016 rather than looking backwards.”

“So look, I think the next President is likely to come from the Great State of Florida and, and I’ll be enthusiastically on board,” Waltz said. “Look, you know, I think they both would bring a lot to the table. However, look, competition is good and I wouldn’t discount Nikki Haley. I wouldn’t discount the others that are thinking about it.

“As free market capitalists, we like competition. It brings out the best.”

Waltz had previously said he’d hoped DeSantis and Trump would “work something out,” which clearly hasn’t happened. But he’s still riding the fence nonetheless as of Saturday.

Trump offered a late endorsement in 2018 for Waltz, who was on his way to a double-digit win in an expensive race for Congress against Ambassador Nancy Soderberg. That was an interesting development given reports at the time that Waltz reportedly didn’t want a Trump rally in his swingy district.

Meanwhile, Waltz actually entered the race for Congress in 2017 before DeSantis formally committed to his run for Governor.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ian

    March 4, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    DeSantis looks and acts like a little kid playing dress up in his dads clothes.

  • Bill

    March 4, 2023 at 10:18 pm

    Donald Trump is the best hope for our Republic – hands down. Just remember how you felt and how your life was in 2019 before the China virus. Make Florida and the United States great by making the right decision – Donald Trump for President in 2024!

    • Jay Smif

      March 5, 2023 at 9:15 am

      I hated traitor Orange Hitler in 2019 just as much as I hate him today. He’s betrayed this country for the last time, and is going to prison for his crimes, cultist.

  • gloriajame

    March 5, 2023 at 11:03 am

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  • Elliott Offen

    March 7, 2023 at 9:38 am

    “Free market Capitalism brings out the best” – Waltz
    Seeing as it brought us Trump, is he really making an veiled argument for Democratic Socialism?

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