Ron DeSantis claims GOP debate opponents didn’t ‘act like a President should act’
Nikki Haley, Ron DeSanris, Vivek Ramaswamy at second GOP debate. Image via AP.

Haley DeSantis Ramaswamy
'They were carping and all this stuff.'

Ron DeSantis is taking shots at the six Republicans he debated earlier this week, saying their performances were unpresidential and “off-putting,” continuing earlier critiques where he blasted “bickering” on the stage.

“Anyone that watched that debate the other night saw, you know, there was one person who acted like a President should act. And if you look at how they were carping and all this stuff, to me, I thought it was very off-putting,” the Governor told reporters in Long Beach.

Additionally, DeSantis predicted that the race would be over “hopefully pretty quickly,” given polling in the “early states” suggesting an imminent “conclusion.”

“I think it’s very clear, as you look in these early states, where this stands. So we’re going to be the candidate built for the long haul. We’re going to get the job done starting in the early states and we’ll be able to bring this to a conclusion, hopefully pretty quickly.”

Recent polling from CBS News suggests that the Governor’s work is cut out for him.

DeSantis has 21% support in Iowa. While he is 30 points behind Trump in the Hawkeye State, he is also well ahead of the rest of the field. His nearest competition, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, has just 8% support in Iowa. With 6% support, former Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott are tied for fourth place.

DeSantis isn’t doing quite as well in New Hampshire. With 13% support, DeSantis is ahead of Haley (11%), as well as Vivek Ramaswamy and Chris Christie (tied at 8%). Meanwhile, Trump has 50% support in the Granite State’s open Primary.

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


  • Michael K

    September 29, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    This guy has no sense of self-awareness.

  • Del Boca Vista

    September 29, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    Has anyone checked on the well being of RDS, after reading this article he appears to have delusions of grandeur. Either that or he has not read the recent and not so recent polls.

    • Sigmund Freud

      September 30, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      Dear sir, I believe your observation of the candidate’s behaviors and the conclusions drawn are perceptive and well-reasoned. However, while I find that your diagnosis of “delusions of grandeur” is accurate enough, I must say in this case it is too limited. Perhaps your inherent kindness prevents you from expressing the greater truth: DeSantis is a pompous arsehole.

  • Earl Pitts American

    September 29, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    Good evening America,
    All the Republican candidates with the exception of Desantis are Dook 4 Brains RINOS.
    Desantis is the Only Patriot my perps. Vote Desantis.

    • Beverly Brevity

      September 30, 2023 at 1:43 pm

      Oh Earl, good for you! You managed to convey your nonsense in just a few dozen words. Good boy.

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 1, 2023 at 2:49 pm

        don’t complement billy purser (aka earl pitts aka gary burbank ) even if you are being sarcastic. he can’t comprehend things like that, he’s 82 years old and suffering from some kind of mental fog. i hope i didn’t use too many words. i two prefer brevity but i don’t do it every time. ” my take” is very good at brevity. my gosh that’s over 60 words, oops

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 1, 2023 at 6:20 pm

      he’s got a pair of deuces, and biden has 4 kings. go ahead billy boy and bet on desantis

  • woken

    September 30, 2023 at 10:09 am

    News alert! Always be concerned when someone refers to himself in the plural! That’s a good sign of mental illness in my opinion. But, perhaps some prefer their political figures to be two faced. I’m sure that Rona DeSatan is not qualified to be President.

    • My Take

      September 30, 2023 at 3:18 pm

      The “royal ‘we’.”

  • Ian

    September 30, 2023 at 1:20 pm


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