Ron DeSantis switches up rhetoric, now says Florida is ‘the Iowa of the South’

Iowa South DeSantis
The Governor continues his directional praise of the Hawkeye State.

In his first of four Iowa stops Wednesday, presidential candidate Ron DeSantis offered a variation on his theme that Florida is the “Iowa of the Southeast.”

He now says Florida is the “Iowa of the South,” contrasting it with Iowa being “the Florida of the North.”

“Look, when they used to say that Iowa was the Florida of the North. You know, I (said), ‘Hey, if we’re going to say Florida is the Iowa of the South, that’s fine with me because you guys are doing a good job.'”

The Governor told a crowd in West Des Moines on Tuesday that Florida was the “Iowa of the Southeast.”

“People have said that Iowa is the Florida of the North, but I’ll tell you it very well may be that Florida is the Iowa of the Southeast,” DeSantis said. “Iowa is setting the standard.”

The Governor has made these comparisons a staple of his stump speeches in Iowa and Utah, conservative states pivotal to his presidential push.

DeSantis also recycled content about how “happy” people in Iowa are compared to those in Illinois during Wednesday’s first speech.

“And when people leave Illinois, whether it’s vacation or whether it’s to move, they’re not happy with what’s going on in Illinois. Some of them are very bitter about how the area has been governed and how the city has been destroyed.”

“But when Iowans are in Florida, you know, they’re happy. Yes, they like to be in Florida. Maybe they spend some time there, but they appreciate their state and they understand that it’s a well governed state,” DeSantis said.

This theme was also part of a previous Cedar Rapids speech.

“I run into people in Florida, Naples, Fort Myers,” DeSantis said. “They will tell me if they’re from Illinois, I mean, you can sense the bitterness about how Illinois is governed. They’re, they’re happy to be in Florida, but they are frustrated.”

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


  • Michael K

    May 31, 2023 at 10:40 am

    Does he wear his white go-go boots to harvest corn?

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  • John Lentini

    May 31, 2023 at 10:46 am

    If Rhonda Santis would talk to anyone besides Republicans, he might get a different view. He not only ignores Democrats, but he also wants to get to one-party rule nationwide, just like it is in Florida.

    • Ron DeSantis wears High Heels

      May 31, 2023 at 10:56 am

      This is why he sucks and won’t win the national election.
      He’s shown absolutely zero interest in being the Governor of All of Florida. Just the Governor of his base,

      He even goes out of his way to actively antagonize those not in his base for no reason other than for headlines and because his base of knuckledraggers think “owning the libz!” is good governing.

      It’s not. It’s pathetic.

      • Tom

        May 31, 2023 at 2:26 pm

        I wholeheartedly agree and even though the election is 18 months away he’s already antagonized me to the point that I won’t vote republican and I’m an independant.
        It does make me wonder what he’ll do when he loses. We get rid of him at the State level thankfully but other than running for the senate, what’s he going to do? Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

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