Amid New Hampshire poll plunge, Ron DeSantis champions Chris Sununu

SC presser DeSantis
'People flee to New Hampshire, just like people flee to Florida.'

As his campaign struggles in New Hampshire, Ron DeSantis wants people to know who his friends are.

During a press conference with reporters from New England, the Florida Governor extolled New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, preemptively defending him against attacks from former President Donald Trump.

“I disagree with Donald Trump’s attacks on Gov. Chris Sununu. I think New Hampshire is the best governed state in New England. I think Chris has done a great job up there and you can see the fact that people flee to New Hampshire, just like people flee to Florida, whether it’s to escape crime, high taxes, you name it,” DeSantis said.

“So those guys have done a good job up in New Hampshire as the Live Free or Die state. And as Republicans, we should be supporting Republican Governors, whether it’s Kim Reynolds in Iowa or Chris Sununu in New Hampshire, when they can get elected with big victories and then deliver. So just as a fellow Governor, I appreciate that very much,” DeSantis added.

DeSantis has previously told voters in the state that Florida didn’t have “pride” until he became Governor, contending that the Granite State is a model for the Sunshine State.

“I was born and raised in Florida, and it’s only been recently that we’ve developed a sense of state pride ourselves,” DeSantis said.

“We’re proud to have stood up for freedom in the last few years when it wasn’t easy. We did it our own way and I’m proud of that. But I must admit, we draw inspiration from the people here in New Hampshire. Because more than any other state, you don’t mince words when it comes to your stand on liberty. You say it very clearly: Live Free or Die.”

The Governor, who is at 8% in the latest New Hampshire Poll, 41 points behind Trump, clearly hopes Sununu will help to boost him ahead of next year’s Primary. Sununu so far has declined to endorse a candidate in the GOP Primary race.

Down in Iowa, meanwhile, the Governor has made a similar bet on the aforementioned Reynolds, who leads the state he has called the “Florida of the North.”

He has said she “is a strong leader who knows how to ignore the chirping and get it done. She earned a landslide re-election because she delivered big results, and she is poised to deliver even more for Iowans in the Special Session.”

Polls aren’t registering a positive effect from these co-branding efforts yet, but it’s not for lack of trying on the Governor’s part.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


8 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 15, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    The Granite State is the model for the Sunshine State.

    In that case, DeSantis’ campaign slogan should be Make America New Hampshire.

    Ron should consider the MANH slogan for the next reboot. It would likely go over much better than Make America Florida! …Right up till people realize it’s Rhonda.

  • Gov Love

    August 15, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Since Rhonda is in the business of professing his love and adoration for Republican Governors, let’s hear Rhonda’s opinion about Governor Kemp of Florida’s most neighboring state, Georgia. Like Rhonda is going to comment either way on Kemp. Not a chance. Rhonda’s too weak and too fearful.

  • Cucked Around and Found Out

    August 15, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    Also Cuckold Ron: ‘Disney? I LOVE Disney! You know, Jill and I were married at Disney!’

  • Bernie Schatz

    August 15, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    Rhonda is really grasping at straws now… getting his A$$ handed to him everywhere but still thinks he’s the chosen one. Give it up Rhonda, most people don’t like you…

  • JW

    August 15, 2023 at 8:10 pm

    Ron DeSantis is out of his gourd and is living in an alternate reality. He will sadly take his wrath out on the state of Florida when he returns from his vacation tour.

  • Fleedom Flies

    August 16, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Ron thinks folks move because they are fleeing. That is very telling of Ron’s mindset. It’s a reflection of Ron’s outlook in life.

    Despite his super PAC’s name, Never Back Down, Ron’s a flee-er. He and his kind flee.

    Ron doesn’t work toward something. That requires having ideas.

    Ron works to get away from things. That only requires having grievances. Ron takes the lazy path in life.

  • John Barron

    August 16, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Florida had plenty of pride long before DeSanctus was even born!!! He doesn’t even know his own state!!! Or maybe he didn’t have any pride in his own state. Until he was running it. But it’s been republican governed for a long time before him!!! Disloyal POS!!!

  • Ron DeSantis wears High Heels

    August 16, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    Has he said “New Hampshire is the Florida of New England” or whatever yet? He loves to trot out that line without realizing everybody can see right through it.

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