Is Iowa ‘Heaven’? Ron DeSantis charms crowd with ‘Field of Dreams’ yarn

DeSantis Iowa NBD
Iowa may not be 'Heaven,' said DeSantis. But 'it's close.'

Ron DeSantis is telling Iowa audiences that one of his children wonders if Iowa is “Heaven.”

During a Never Back Down town hall on Saturday in Cedar Rapids, the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate told a story about tossing a baseball with his son, who posed the theological question about the Hawkeye State.

“The first time we brought him to Iowa, I showed him the Movie Field of Dreams because that was a big deal for me as a kid playing baseball and everything,” DeSantis related.

“So yesterday we were at the Clayton County Fair and before we got back on the bus, we just went over in the field right next to all the corn and my son brought his baseball stuff and he’s throwing balls to me. And he said, ‘Daddy, is this Heaven?'”

The Governor told Mason that it was, in fact, Iowa.

“But hey, it’s close, right?”

During an interview back in July with Hugh Hewitt, the Republican presidential candidate said his frequent trips to Iowa inspired screening the movie for his children in the first place.

“Because you know, we’re in Iowa, campaigning in Iowa, I introduced my kids — 6, 5 and 3 — to the Field of Dreams baseball field and the cornfield. And so now, they’re watching Field of Dreams. Now, they’re watching other baseball movies, and so we’ve been showing them different things,” DeSantis said.

While the Kevin Costner film is considered a classic (it was a Best Picture nominee in 1989), not every film in the DeSantises’ watch history is so critically acclaimed. His son’s favorite du jour is the 1993 sports comedy “Rookie of the Year.” For the uninitiated, that’s the one “where the 12-year-old has the rocket arm and pitches for the Cubs.”

“We’ve been kind of doing the on-demand baseball movies right now,” said DeSantis, who played in the Little League World Series as a child and was considered a star on the Yale baseball team during college.

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


  • Bwj

    August 5, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Well, Iowan are known for being stubborn. I guess he fits in.

  • M. Mouse

    August 5, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    So they’re charmed by a snake! That’s a switcheroo! Squeak!

  • Beth

    August 5, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Sorry AG but there is no way in the world that creep could charm anyone. Just the sight of him makes me want to vomit.

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 5, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    Yes, Rhonda. Iowa is heaven. You should go there and slit your own throat. That is THE only way you’ll ever get to see heaven. Of course you’ll immediately be carted off to the other place, but at least you’ll very briefly get to see what you’re’ missing.

  • PeterH

    August 5, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    Two things:
    Voters in Iowa are thoughtful and not likely to be swayed by a pandering candidate.

    Ron DeSantis has never spent a winter in Iowa!

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 6, 2023 at 6:56 am

    Really. Desantis them solid Americans are just being polite. Desantis they ain’t buying your bs. Lol.

  • Michael K

    August 6, 2023 at 10:01 am

    Heaven is seeing Ron eat a corn dog in his white hog-washing go-go boots.

    Iowa: where Ron goes to lie.

  • PiecedOff

    August 6, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    Just another whistle stop for the DeSadness campaign barnstorming to oblivion.

  • Sweater Vest in August

    August 7, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Is the picture with this post a new one from the event being reported? Rhonda is wearing a sweater vest again. What is the deal? It’s August.

    Does Rhonda have a sweating problem and his sweater vest is an anti-sweater-vest that’s loaded up with cooling plates?

    Or is Rhonda himself get scared by the nonsense he says about people and his sweater vest is loaded up with L4 armor plates?

    Or is it just that the pretty, white embroidery matches those pretty, white boots?

    Or it any combination up to and including all of the above?

    Rhonda, you’re too obvious. LOL @ obvious Rhonda who thinks we are all stupid

  • Dilbert Farb

    August 14, 2023 at 1:18 am

    i have to think that DeSantis doesn’t realize that immigrants pick all that “Heavenly” corn!

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