‘Father time is undefeated’: Ron DeSantis rails against 80-year-old presidential candidates

America needs 'a vigorous, energetic, no nonsense, strong president ready on day one.'

Florida’s Governor is grousing about gerontocracy during his latest presidential campaign swing.

“Father Time is undefeated. Father Time just simply works his will,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in Red Oak Saturday at a Never Back Down event.

“That’s the reality of the situation. I think if the Founders could be here today and they could witness this and then go back to Philadelphia in 1787, I think they would have put an age limit,” DeSantis said, referring to Joe Biden.

The Governor, who had previously said the leading candidates’ advanced ages were a “legitimate concern” for voters, went on to offer a more categorical dismissal of octogenarian candidates.

“I don’t think the presidency can be successfully discharged by somebody that’s 80-years-old. This is nothing against 80 years old. I’m the Governor of Florida for Pete’s sake,” said the man who once compared the state to “God’s Waiting Room.”

“I’ve got a lot of great 80-year-olds, but the reality is you’ve got to go, and the only way we turn around this country is to have a vigorous, energetic, no nonsense, strong president ready on day one to just blitz this bureaucracy, blitz through everything we need to with the Congress and just not stop for eight years.”

The Governor then made a reference to former President Donald Trump’s light campaign schedule.

“You’ll get eight years out of me where I’m in my prime. I’m rocking and rolling and we’re going to get the job done and you’re going to see that in the campaign. I think you’ve already seen it,” DeSantis said.

“You know, I’m the one that’s here for 56 counties. You know, I’ll do more counties today than some of these other guys will do in the next month.”

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


  • Shelby justice

    September 16, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    How about taking your present job seriously. We don’t need your wife on the campaign trail. You seriously have no clue as to what is going on in our state. What a disappointment

  • Tom

    September 16, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    Being younger means nothing if you’re an unlikeable clown but you’ll figure it out.

  • Rick Whitaker

    September 16, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    ron, you sound desperate and defeated. why don’t you throw in the towel and save face by quitting now. i guess your fragile ego won’t let you. the people of florida do appreciate you being out of town. ron, you are a punk’s punk. i’m pretty sure you don’t know what that means. it’s bad, real bad.

  • Richard Russell

    September 16, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    With the exception of the corrupt senile POS in DC, the last two senior aged Presidents (Reagan and Trump) were two of the best Presidents in our history

    • Tjb

      September 16, 2023 at 3:17 pm

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    • Silly Wabbit

      September 18, 2023 at 4:34 pm

      You kwazy.

    • Silly Wabbit

      September 18, 2023 at 4:35 pm

      Stewpid, too.

      • Silly Wabbit

        September 18, 2023 at 4:36 pm

        (Cooked stupidity.)

  • My Take

    September 16, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    Energetically pushing disasterous policies is NOT what we need.

  • My Take

    September 16, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    Ròn DeSShorty — The Fit Fascist

  • Old man desantis

    September 17, 2023 at 3:43 am

    He’s 50 years old.
    I bet he dies before Biden does lol

  • Old man desantis

    September 17, 2023 at 3:43 am

    He’s 50 years old.
    I bet he dies before Biden does lol

  • PeterH

    September 18, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    There is an excellent article in today’s Washington Post about an excellent South Carolina teacher who offered stimulating lessons on justice and race to her high school age students! She fears what could happen in the coming school year now that restrictive legislation has passed.

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