Ron DeSantis blames ‘corporate media,’ Mexican President for subpar polls
Gov. Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

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'They're targeting me as the person they don't want to see as the candidate.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to explain away disappointing polling numbers, blaming the “corporate media” and Mexico’s President Andrés López Obrador this time.

During a Thursday night interview on Fox News Tonight, host Will Cain confronted the 2024 presidential candidate with polling that has seen DeSantis “between 10 and 20%,” “numbers that have stayed there for two months.”

“Well, I think if you look at the people like the corporate media, who are they going after, who do they not want to be the nominee? They’re going after me. Who’s the president of Mexico attacking because he knows we’ll be strong on the border and hold him accountable in the cartels? He’s going after me,” DeSantis said.

“So I think if you look at all these people that are responsible for a lot of the ills in our society, they’re targeting me as the person they don’t want to see as the candidate.”

The Governor went on to say he has no interest in “juicing the polls.”

“I’m running to win in January and February,” DeSantis claimed.

Cain then asked DeSantis why he wasn’t “connecting” with voters, quoting Donald Trump saying the Governor lacked “loyalty” and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez saying he failed at building “relationships.”

The Governor talked about his fundraising, which includes $20 million raised since his campaign launch in addition to more than $80 million transferred from his state-level PAC, saying it set up a “three yards and a cloud of dust” campaign going forward.

“Well, I think, did you just see the news today about the record fundraising hall? Nobody has been able to match that in the history of modern presidential politics. So we’ve got a huge amount of support to be able to take the case to the people. We really haven’t started that yet,” DeSantis said.

“We’re in the process of building out a great organization and I think we’re going to be on the ground in all these early states. It is a three yards and a cloud of dust type situation. That’s what we’re going to be doing.”

DeSantis has ground to make up against Donald Trump.

The Race to the White House polling average shows Trump up, 53% to 21%.

Some states are worse, meanwhile. A new Tennessee poll has DeSantis at 12%.

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  • Cuckequean Casey

    July 6, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    He’s in 3rd place at his own dinner table

  • ScienceBLVR

    July 6, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    Wow, this diatribe sounds a lot like Trump’s Wah, wah, wah, he’s picking on me, he’s lying about me, the media hates me crap. Don’t we deserve leaders better than this?

    • WiseOld1

      July 7, 2023 at 11:09 pm

      DeSantis is a narcissist. It’s typical of ‘narcissists’ to blame any and everyone else when things don’t go their way.

  • My Take

    July 6, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    《 snivel, whimper, whine, moan, accuse 》
    How unmanly.

  • Bill Pollard

    July 6, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    Please, Mr. Governor, tell us, what does the Mexican President have to do with this?

    • Jay Smif

      July 7, 2023 at 2:42 pm

      “That man is way too brown for my liking, and Florida is a border state in my mind.”

  • Michael K

    July 6, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Poor widdle Ronda! Never back down = never take responsibility.

    If he would look in the mirror he’d see what others see: a joyless, vindictive, bitter small man who feels entitled to something he will never achieve or deserve. He comes across as a miserable power hungry man with a “trophy” wife, with Jackie O aspirations, but lacking in substance, style and grace.

    Neither has any indicaton of “inner beauty” or public service, just grifters expecting adoration. She’s no Eva Peron and he will never be admired. Never.

    • Ray Hays

      July 7, 2023 at 8:59 am

      Spot on!

    • Pastor Pasta

      July 7, 2023 at 11:21 am

      Eva Braun maybe… And yeah, spot on!

  • Tjb

    July 6, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    Ron doesn’t accept responsibility… he will always blame his shortfalls on others. Christina Pushaw watch out. You may be next to be blamed.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 7, 2023 at 1:08 pm

      That’s “Registered Foreign Agent and Senior Rhonda Campaign Advisor Christina Pushaw.” Titles are important!

  • My Take

    July 6, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    The GOPers’ main choices:
    A TRAITOR and a HATER.

    Fills their main niches I must admit.
    A CROOK and a SHNOOK would work too.

  • PeterH

    July 7, 2023 at 12:34 am

    No Ron……it’s the legislation you’ve encouraged the legislators to implement and then you signed the garbage into law!

    You have no one else to blame! You own the mess you wanted!

  • My Take

    July 7, 2023 at 1:03 am

    As to why DooDoo*RonRon is so hated, I would like to hear more from his former staffers who leaped to Trump, saying they hated Tiny-D with good reason and wish to do him ill.
    Details Please!

    *Think the song rather than the effluvia if it helps.

  • Greg Klein

    July 7, 2023 at 4:54 am

    It’s funny that the “three yards and a cloud of dust”–strategy which was originally lauded by football fans–soon gave way to a strategy where passing the football replaced running the football, resulting in more yards and more touchdowns. It wasn’t long before football fans were mocking “three yards and a cloud of dust” as boring and ineffectual.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 7, 2023 at 1:12 pm

      Rhonda might get their football analogies wrong. Rhonda was an Ivy League base baller. Shortstop, I presume.

  • John Barron

    July 7, 2023 at 5:52 am

    Meatball and Leona DeSanctus are done! And the reason is simple. Republicans do not want Billary 2.0 and that’s what these two clowns are!!! Worst candidates in the history of presidential elections!!!

    • Ned Beatty

      July 7, 2023 at 7:09 am

      Bill is one of the best retail politicians in history. DeSantis is as charismatic as a brain tumor.

  • University of North Florida

    July 7, 2023 at 6:51 am

    It’s a wrap !! Everybody but you sees it!!

  • Lee

    July 7, 2023 at 7:36 am

    He needs to have his own Sally Field moment where he has the Epiphany that “you don’t like me. You really really don’t like me.”

  • Doug Hay

    July 7, 2023 at 8:40 am

    Among the characteristics Ronny shares with Donny are vainglory and paranoia.


    July 7, 2023 at 9:06 am

    I agree with the comments previously made. Trump 2.0 has to blame anyone but himself for his shortfall and very screwed up governing history! I wouldn’t support him to be the local dog-catcher….he’s not even qualified for that!!! Per the CA gov, he’s just a “small, pathetic man”.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 7, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      I figure Rhonda would beat the dogs for needing to be caught while soliciting donations from the dog owners that created the problem.

  • Ron Berti

    July 7, 2023 at 9:26 am

    I really like Ron DeSantis and I hope he is our next president. At the same time, he’s not Jesus Christ. He’s not perfect. So what? Up against a Joey Biden or a Donald Trump, he gets looking a lot closer to Christ than either of those two.

    Still, Governor Ron has had a mediocre launch, he’s still fussing with Disney and he needs to pivot to the economy, “climate change” lie and other issues than just “woke”.

    I do believe Gov. DeSantis has a unique problem: he is being criticized, fairly and unfairly, by the Trump wing of the Republican Party, by the mainstream media, and by Democrats generally. That is because most people understand that he will drive the Overton window to the right for the USA, a badly needed corrective to decades of “social justice”/”woke” nonsense. He’s going to have to get some traction though, although there’s time.

    • Nancy Kepford

      July 8, 2023 at 6:31 pm

      You obviously are clueless about what DuhSantis has done to Florida or don’t you care? I hate Trump but I’d take him over DuhSantis any day!

  • Lex

    July 7, 2023 at 9:39 am

    This is super silly. The race hasn’t started. Who is thinking about the primary now except for politicians and political media? We have yet to have a primary where the candidates can be foiled against each other. We also have had a lot of unfair legal attention pointed at Mr. Trump that the entire Republican party is in an uproar about and seeks to support Mr. Trump. So it is not surprising that nothing in the polling is changing when nothing in the political sphere is changing and the primary really has not even started in almost everyone’s eyes.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 8, 2023 at 7:21 pm

      First GOP primary debate is weeks away and polling above 1% is required for an invitation. That means Trump vs Rhonda, except Trump has no incentive to debate Rhonda and therefore won’t (and shouldn’t) bother. So, all the candidates that are at 1% or less are raging about the polls. That’s who is thinking about it, iow everybody paying any attention at all.

  • Greg Waters

    July 7, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Some day Ron’s kids will learn what Ted’s kids learned: our dad is an idiot.

  • David Michaels

    July 7, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Fat Nazi Ron and wife Imelda refuse to see reality. They cannot turn his horrid poll numbers around, no matter who they blame it on. The meatball has the personality of a manhole cover and is just not likeable, and when you add in his fascist, racist, and authoritarian policies, it’s even worse. His candidacy is toast, burnt on both sides and no amount of butter and jam will make it palatable.

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 7, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    I am tardy today but y’all got it just fine without me! LOL @ Rhonda. Nobody knew the President of Mexico existed, much less said anything about Rhonda until Rhonda shed their tears over whatever Mr President of Mexico said about Rhonda.

    No Rage From Rhonda (RFM) for the Texas warrants against the Rhonda Administration for human trafficking? No blaming Texas for continued low polling numbers? Or are warrants a positive in this primary field? (hint: yes)?

    Or is it safe to blame Mexico and journalists for Rhonda’s problems but not Texas because Mexicans in Mexico and journalists in journalism are not a large block of voters Rhonda needs but Texans are? Same as trans drag queens are a large voting block, so it’s safe to finger point at them as coming for your wives and coming for your children, what with GOP finally realizing they need the black vote now and working real hard a manufacturing a new bad guy-gal for flyover folks to fear?

  • Jackie

    July 7, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Well MoRon DumbSantis is a Hitler wannabe. Probably the worst governor Florida ever had. No doubt he’s racist. When you’re evil God knows, he’s done struck down his wife with cancer.

  • Jeannette Smyth

    July 7, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    There’s a point where Bubble Boy becomes delusional. I think we’re approaching it. #CrackerEvita’s launch Tweet and ad for Mamas for DeSantis — in Iowa, yet — is stark raving bunker cabin fever mad.

    • My Take

      July 8, 2023 at 10:14 am

      CrackerEvita !!!

  • KD

    July 7, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    No, DeSantis polling numbers are going down because the country is finding out more about how he has governed FL as a narcissistic, hatred dictator. His laws he and the GOP state legislature have been denied by judges as unconstitutional and he has ruined the state. Insurance is through the roof and many if his laws are bigoted. That’s why Mr. DeSantimonious’ numbers are dropping not what he his babbling across the country to voters. He’s wasted Floridians money to pay to ship immigrants out of TX NOT FL to other states for political reasons.

  • David L Martin

    July 7, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    Gov. DeSantis’s talk of military strikes on “cartel activities” in Mexico might be serious. His assurance that they’d be in cooperation with the Mexican government (which would likely never approve) sounds a bit dubious with his dissing of the Mexican president, who is term limited. An election (possibly pro forma for a candidate selected by the current president) is slated for June 2024.

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