Ron DeSantis claims Florida looks to ‘Iowa to see how it’s done’
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High praise for the Hawkeye State continues from the presidential candidate.

Ron DeSantis is increasingly at home in the Hawkeye State. And to hear him tell it, Iowa is a big influence on Florida politics.

As is often the case when he speaks in early voting states in the GOP calendar, DeSantis made a show of acting like Iowa is an influence on Florida government.

“We look to Iowa in Florida to see how it’s done. And I think there’s a lot of similarities in the success you have had under Governor Kim Reynolds and the success we’ve had in Florida,” DeSantis said Saturday at Sen. Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride.”

The Governor dispensed with directional praise on this occasion, of the sort which he offered during his previous trip to Iowa a few days ago.

“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.”

Polling shows the Governor has ground to make up.

An Emerson College survey from late May shows former President Donald Trump up against DeSantis, 62% to 20%, the worst Iowa poll for the Governor.

A survey released in late May by American Greatness, conducted by National Research Inc., finds the former President leading the Florida Governor, 44% to 26%, in a crowded field of candidates. In a head-to-head matchup, Trump still leads by double digits, 45% to 33%.

In a McLaughlin and Associates poll conducted in late April, Trump led DeSantis in a full field of names, 54% to 20%. A hypothetical two-way battle between Trump and DeSantis also goes the former President’s way, 57% to 35%, with 8% undecided.

In an April Victory Insights poll of 400 likely Iowa caucus participants, Trump led DeSantis 54% to 20% in a crowded field, and 59% to 41% when the field was reduced to just those two names.

In a survey conducted by Cygnal for Iowans for Tax Relief, the former President led DeSantis, 37% to 30%. An additional 19% of respondents were undecided, with other candidates struggling for support.

In still another post-indictment poll of the Iowa race, a J.L. Partners survey showed Trump up 41% to 26% in a crowded field.

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


  • PeterH

    June 3, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    If you’ve ever spent time in The Hawkeye State you quickly understand that the residents love freedom, their learned ability of tolerance and their life story of “live and let live!”

    Florida is a far cry from freedom and tolerance!

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!
    Vote all Republicans out of office!

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    • Dont Say FLA

      June 5, 2023 at 4:44 pm

      Rhonda says they love New Hampshire where it’s “Live Free or Die.” Rhonda prefers the “die” option for everyone except white nationalist crybabies like Rhonda.

  • Joe

    June 3, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    This guy with the performative butt-kissing everywhere he goes, it’s even demeaning to his actual supporters at this point, not to mention whatever undecideds he thinks this schtick could possibly convince. Winning Iowa has not been the effective GQP primary strategy for some time now.

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  • Michael K

    June 3, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    DeSantis is modeling Florida off Viktor Orban’s Hungary, a right-wing authoritarian white Christian nationalist fascist dystopia.

  • University of North Florida

    June 4, 2023 at 6:23 am

    Pandering little bitch!

  • woke and confused

    June 4, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    Is Rona seriously idolizing Iowa? WTF? Who is the “they” to whom Rona refers? I have followed Florida politics for decades and have NEVER heard of the Iowa model. Geeze.

  • Ron DeSantis wears High Heels

    June 5, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    In the heartland of Iowa, where cornfields sway,
    Lies a tale of a politician, who’d do anything to sway.
    With a smile on his face and promises so sweet,
    He pandered to the crowds, his intentions discreet.

    He roamed the small towns, shaking hands with ease,
    Whispering empty words, like a gentle breeze.
    He tailored his speeches to each voter’s desire,
    But beneath the surface, his motives were dire.

    He stood on the podium, a master of deceit,
    Crafting tales of hope, so convincing and neat.
    He spoke of prosperity and a better tomorrow,
    But his actions betrayed a dark path to follow.

    He promised jobs and growth, like a magic spell,
    But behind closed doors, he schemed and he fell.
    He danced with lobbyists, their pockets he lined,
    Ignoring the needs of those he left behind.

    He made grand gestures, holding babies for show,
    But his policies only benefitted the wealthy, we know.
    He pandered to the crowds, seeking their applause,
    But his words were hollow, and his integrity flawed.

    The people of Iowa saw through his charade,
    They knew his promises were merely a façade.
    They longed for a leader with genuine concern,
    Not a pandering politician with lessons to learn.

    So let us be wary of those who pander and sway,
    And seek leaders with principles, who won’t lead us astray.
    For in the heartland of Iowa, where truth should reside,
    We yearn for authenticity, and honest hearts to guide.

  • KwkRoss

    June 5, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    How states FL look up to model itself as per DeathSantis?

    Iowa, NH, SC, Utah, North Korea, Cuba?

  • KwkRoss

    June 5, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    and What the hell is Iowa model? Eating fried Icecream?

    • Michael K

      June 5, 2023 at 8:59 pm


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