‘Show up everywhere’: Ron DeSantis explains what he learned from Ted Cruz

Desantis Iowa AP
'You've got to shake people's hands, you've got to answer their questions.'

Ron DeSantis is cutting a swath through Iowa’s 99 counties in his pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination, following the path of the man who won that state’s Republican caucuses in 2016.

During an interview with Radio Iowa, the Florida Governor was asked what he learned from the example of another conservative firebrand, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

“Well, part of it is, I think you’ve just got to show up everywhere,” DeSantis said.

He noted that U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds visit the whole state, contending that he was “the first Governor to do public events in all 67 counties” of Florida.

“Florida has got a lot of places that are very populous, but we’ve got a lot of rural counties and a lot of times elected officials just drive right by them or fly over them,” DeSantis said, not offering examples of who he meant.

“I go into all those communities and those folks really appreciate when you show up because they don’t always get people coming by there. So I’ve had a lot of people just come up to me and just genuinely thankful that we took the time to show up in their community.”

More events are coming, he said, including “in the Des Moines area in southeastern Iowa and some of those areas that may be more populous and they’re going to see me a lot over the next few months,” as the Governor continues “doing all 99 counties.”

“We’ve enjoyed meeting the folks there and I can tell you, I think this is something you’ve got to earn,” DeSantis said, issuing a thinly-veiled dig at former President Donald Trump.

“I think you’ve got to show up. You’ve got to shake people’s hands, you’ve got to answer their questions. You’ve got to tell them why you should be the next President of the United States and the candidates that are willing to do that, I think are going to do better than the candidates that think that they’re entitled to be nominated.”

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


  • PeterH

    September 18, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Ted Cruz will also never be president!

    • Earl Pitts "Political Genious" American

      September 18, 2023 at 8:57 pm

      See PeterH the difference is Ron has the charm and personality which touches the hearts of all non-Dook 4 Brains Leftists AKA the normsl people.
      Ted Cruz is an empty shell of a man who only was able to resonate with around 87 kind of weird RINO’S.
      PeterH just a little free advice:
      You should strive to better yourself by being more like me, Earl Pitts American.
      FYI PeterH the ladies love Earl.
      Have an Earl Pitts American Day PeterH.

      • University of North Florida

        September 19, 2023 at 10:18 am


  • My Take

    September 18, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    DeSScamtis is more or less a blight.
    Akin to crabgrass, Japanese beetles, and powdery mildew.

  • Ocean Joe

    September 18, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    Will he show up in Cancun?

  • My Take

    September 18, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    Who can support DeSScamus other than the dumb or disloyal? Either can’t really see him, or can don’t care.

    • My Take

      September 18, 2023 at 6:47 pm

      “can AND don’t care.”

  • Michael K

    September 18, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    Ted Cruz? The guy who shut down the government that cost hundreds of billions of dollars? Cancun Raphael Cruz?

    Poor Ron: The more he shows up the further behind he falls. The only thing he’s earning is ridicule.

  • My Take

    September 19, 2023 at 7:42 am

    Could Trump’s growing-obvious mental impairment give Ronda a chance?

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 22, 2023 at 7:17 am

      what about ronda’s social and ethical impairment?

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