Ron DeSantis extends ‘culture of losing’ critique to Nikki Haley, Mike Pence, Tim Scott

The Governor says he's 'the only one' who's taken 'conservative principles' and won elections.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ talking points about a Republican “culture of losing” have been interpreted generally as a jab at Donald Trump, but they apparently go beyond the former President.

Conservative talk show host Erick Erickson asked the Florida Governor and freshly minted presidential candidate about what makes him a better option than Nikki HaleyMike Pence and Tim Scott, all of whom Erickson counts as friends.

“You’ve got a sitting Senator, you’ve got a former Vice President, a former Governor. You’ve got an Ambassador. Why not them for the presidency?”

The Governor stuck to his script, depicting himself as “the only one” in the field with a winning record of delivering conservative policy goals.

“Well, we have a culture of losing in our party and there’s really no substitute for victory. We can’t have any more excuses. We’ve got to get it done,” DeSantis said.

After discussing his blowout re-election win in 2022, DeSantis said “that’s the direction we need to go to be able to win nationally.”

“I’m the only one that’s taken all these great conservative principles we all share. The values, the ideas, taking all of those and making them a political reality in Florida and winning big day after day,” DeSantis said.

“There’s a lot of talk about, ‘Oh, we’re going to do all these things.’ And then Republicans oftentimes don’t convert on it.”

DeSantis promised to convert his success nationally, if nominated.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in the modern history of the party that’s been able to transform a state the way we have. And I don’t think anybody has been able to put the points on the board that we have,” he contended.

“If you nominate me, I will get it done,” DeSantis vowed. “I will be taking the oath of office on January 20th, 2025 at high noon. And then we will spit nails from Day One.”

The Governor, who launched a campaign for President just months after re-election, also said his time in the White House would be a “two-term project.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • WhatNow

    May 25, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    “ DeSantis promised to convert his success nationally, if nominated… ‘I don’t think there’s anybody in the modern history of the party that’s been able to transform a state the way we have.’ “ – God help us all.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 25, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    But wasn’t it Center Ron DeSantis that won re-election in Florida? He went all wacko since then and anti-trans-formed into Rhonda. Everybody Hates Rhonda. Especially Mrs Rhonda. That is why she made him wear those white boots. Just so people would laugh at him. She told him he looked great. And then she laughed and laughed along with everybody else laughing at Rhonda in his pretty white boots.

  • In Like He Lyin

    May 25, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    “In Like He Lyin, Out Like a Lamb” will be the story of Ron DeSantis Presidential Lambitions.

  • Culture of Losing

    May 25, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    A duck walks into a bar and says “I’ll have one Culture of Losing please, Ron. You know, when you mix boogers in your puddin’.” Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm. Booger Puddin’!

  • PeterH

    May 25, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    Americans now have eight months to comprehend Ron DeSantis’s divisive, hateful, rhetoric and policies that he has imposed on Florida’s men, women and children! Let’s remember that smart educated moderate INDEPENDENT VOTERS decide who sits in the Oval Office.

    Americans will decide if they want what Florida has.

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem.

    Vote all Republicans out of office.

  • Dont Forget Twitter

    May 25, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Rhonda, don’t forget to extend your Culture of Losing to Twitter and Elon Musk and the failed Ron y Lon show that exploded like a SpaceX rocket and hit a brick wall like a Tesla on auto-drive.

  • Michael K

    May 26, 2023 at 8:30 am

    Speaking of losers: White grievance will only go so far. The under-educated Trumpsters that DeSantis thinks he can siphon off will expect to be entertained by a vulgarian. Without their orange messiah, many will simply sit it out instead of backing a DeSaster. Besides, without no platform, the party stands only for Trumpism. I don’t see any indication that Ron has the ability to unite anything that hasn’t been gerrymandered.

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