Mike Huckabee calls for ‘course corrections’ to slumping Ron DeSantis campaign

Mike Huckabee
'I'm not sure who's running his campaign and what their strategy is.'

A former Governor and presidential candidate is expressing doubt over a current Governor’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

During a “Mornings with Maria” appearance on the Fox Business NetworkMike Huckabee criticized Ron DeSantis’ campaign, calling for “course corrections” and saying other candidates were threatening his status as a “clear alternative” to Donald Trump.

Huckabee cited DeSantis’ declining “poll numbers,” saying they showed that “at best, he’s in a stall, and in some polls he’s actually falling and some of the other candidates are getting more attention.”

The Race to the White House polling average shows Trump with 53% across national polls, with DeSantis garnering 21%.

Huckabee went on to criticize the way the DeSantis effort is being run.

“I’m not sure who’s running his campaign and what their strategy is, but I would say that he probably needs to make some course corrections because at this point, he’s so far behind Donald Trump and some of the other candidates are beginning to approach his numbers,” Huckabee said. “He’s no longer that clear alternative to Donald Trump. He’s one of several alternatives to Donald Trump to those who want one. And that’s going to be a real challenge for him.”

“It’s not that he has to face Donald Trump and fear something coming at his face,” Huckabee added. “He’s got to fear there’s another 15 people who are going to be coming at him from his back.”

During the Wednesday segment, Huckabee offered specific criticism for an ad DeSantis’ campaign highlighted that claimed Trump was too committed to LGBTQ+ rights.

While Huckabee rejected the idea that the ad showed DeSantis was “homophobic,” Huckabee said the ad “probably wasn’t the best idea for an ad, in part because you win elections when you add people to your voting rolls, you don’t win elections when you keep subtracting them.”

“But the fact is there are many people in that community who are conservative and vote Republican. You want those voters and just in the same way that Donald Trump was very clear in saying he would protect Christian voters, pro-life voters, I think what he’s saying is that he wants to protect the rights of every American citizen … to live like they want to live as long as it doesn’t interfere and disrupt someone else,” Huckabee continued.

“That really is kind of the heart of what America is about.”

A.G. Gancarski

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  • Shelby justice

    July 5, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    Bottom line is that Ron has met his peak. He is losing (and has lost) his voters in Florida. Once we saw that Jeb was backing him, and a few others, we backed away. Trump never promised without delivering. Ron is not smart. He is done in politics. He is now making money off of the contributions.

    • SteveHC

      July 6, 2023 at 11:59 am

      Or at least getting “free” mini-trips around the country at donors’ expense – and with the details of those trips now deliberately hidden by him and “his”state legislature from public and journalistic view or access to boot.

  • Ocean Joe

    July 5, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    A course correction cannot change who he is.
    Anybody who vows to ‘destroy the left’ or the right or the center doesn’t have any business serving as president of a diverse country like this.
    He belongs in China or Russia, not the great melting pot. Hating immigrants is a bad plan. Going after them in Florida will drive up construction costs and the cost of food.
    The political ad was downright bizarre.

  • Earl Pitts American

    July 5, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    Good afternoon Mike,
    Just so you know I, Earl Pitts American, am the man who’s large and in charge and thanks but no thanks I, Earl Pitts American, am not hireing any advisors.
    I got this Mike. We will, however, be needing an ambasador to the Netherlands after we take command of The White House Mike. What we are looking for is a man who wont go all crazy with the hoes and weed over there in Amsterdam.
    If you think you can be that man get back with me, Earl Pitts American.
    And Mike does that Relaxium you are pushing on Fox News really work?
    Thanks Mike,
    Earl Pitts American

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 5, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    Rhonda’s course is, at best, whatever Trump, or perhaps Trump’s future, allows for Rhoda. Period.

    If Trump exits or gets exited, maybe Rhonda will get the GOP nomination. Otherwise, Rhonda hopes for Trump Veep.

    This is why nobody can tell what Rhonda is aiming for. Rhonda’s just aiming for Trump’s table scraps, whatever those scraps mae be.

  • PeterH

    July 5, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    DeSantis has no option to advance a traditional “campaign reset!” DeSantis has promoted, legislated and signed into law a long list of Florida laws that are an anathema to the Constitution and American loving individuals.

    DeSantis will never be President!

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!

    Vote all Republicans out of office.

  • Elon Mush

    July 5, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    Ron should put me, Elon Mush, in charge of their campaign. Just look how good I am doing with Twitter and Casey! I will do just as good for Ron.

  • Set Course

    July 5, 2023 at 5:35 pm

    Set course for … the Titanic! Dive!

  • Michael K

    July 5, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    Republicans think it’s the message.

    Nope. It’s the hateful, hurtful, cruel policies and actions that are turning people off. No one wants to follow Ron, no one likes him. Can’t turn the long deep dive to turn America into Alabama around. It’s too late.

  • My Take

    July 6, 2023 at 3:04 am

    The GOPers, especially DeSSgustus, have probed the lower depths of familiar Republican hate, bigotry, targeted lies, and agitation to violence against a whole host of victim targets, many pretty traditional (blacks, gays) but some quite new (e.g., trans).

    But there is room for more! Some old, some new. Major nonChtistian religiòns are already hated openly, but what about the stranger sects within Christianity. OK, the strangest ones are already part of MAGA and antiwoke, e.g., the tongue-speakers, snake fondlers, footwashers, and testifiers. But what about the claimed-Christian Saturday sabbathists, Christmas ignorers, flag nonsaluters, pledge nontakers. Why, to go a bit further in western tradition, Wiccans would be just too easy! Claim that half or more of public school teachers are of such nefarious groups. All could be easily marginalized into “the enemy within” who threaten America, and in some way are shamelessly WOKE!

    But beyond these easy real persons and groups, there is a waiting world (and otherworld) of things that can frighten the rubes, and frightened rubes are usable rubes.

    Demonic forces (get some good Bible quotes) in open society. Soulless people (I could give names). Evil dog breeds.

    And ALIENS in our society, and not from Guatemala. Space aliens! Half beside you on the sidewalk, the other half zooming around in their UFOs!

    The MAGA rubes will believe anything bad. The WOKE witless will believe anything.
    There is still plenty of room to descend. Keep digging, GOP campaigns.

  • SteveHC

    July 6, 2023 at 12:03 pm

    Huckabee’s in some sort of fantasy world if he thinks some sort of “course correction” is now possible, or that if it *were* possible that it would have ANY chance of being successful

  • TJC

    July 6, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Huckabee ran for the GOP nomination in 2008 and lost handily. Now he wants to give advice to another loser, maybe hoping he’ll get hired to help the campaign. He was a huckster preacher turned huckster politician, so yeah, maybe Casey DeSantis will find a spot for him.

  • Joe

    July 6, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Who’s running it? Casey D.
    What’s her strategy? Whatever Tucker C says it should be.

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