Ron DeSantis says he can do more for Florida as President than as Governor
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

DeSantis
He says he can do 'more for the country' as well.

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he can do more for Florida as President than he can in his current role.

During a press conference at JAXPORT, the Republican chief executive who was re-elected just last year diminished the importance of finishing his second term as Governor.

“I will be able to do, you know, more for Florida as the President than I can in two years as Governor, but also more for the country,” DeSantis said.

The Governor also stressed that he isn’t interested in being the running mate for any other candidate, a position he’s maintained for months.

“I have no interest in being the No. 2,” DeSantis told reporters.

The Governor also spoke to the “narrowing” of the race on the Republican side, noting that while in 2016 there were “many candidates” in the field who “stayed in for many contests,” this time around he expects the field to “continue to do that” consolidation process.

He lauded “great guys” Mike Pence and Tim Scott, the former Vice President and the current Senator from South Carolina, who have left the presidential race in recent weeks. DeSantis also noted his strength not just in Iowa, but in another state where he hasn’t made many appearances yet.

“I would also note, I don’t know if the media picked up on this, all the campaigns last week had to file delegate slates in Alabama. So, you know, if you win the Primary, your 50 delegates go to the convention and they vote for you, right? Only three campaigns were able to fill out a full slate. We were the first one to do it. Then Donald Trump, then Nikki Haley, no one else filled out even close to a full slate of delegates.”

DeSantis recently questioned why the next Republican presidential debate is in Alabama, suggesting Iowa or New Hampshire would be more appropriate given their early selection contests.

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


25 comments

  • My Take

    November 14, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    I’ll bet nowadays it would be fairly easy to wire an anti-bark dog-training shocker collar to trigger at the words “you know.” And “stuff.”

    • M. Mouse

      November 14, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      Make sure to order a very, very small collar! Squeak!

      • My Take

        November 14, 2023 at 6:36 pm

        A pencil-neck geek!?
        I’ve heard of them.

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      November 14, 2023 at 6:43 pm

      Good evening Patriots,
      Just a quick reminder on the real real.
      This online publication was until recently a total and complete Dook 4 Brains echo chamber.
      Only recently were we blessed by The Earl of Politics, ME, Earl Pitts American.
      FYI:
      I, Earl Pitts American, fought these Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s Single Handedly with nobody stepping up as a Patriot to give me a hand or even an acknowledgement for my hard fight. Truth is y’all few Patriots we have now were chicken-$hit to post for fear you would be doxed or whatever.
      All I knew was that I, Earl Pitts American, has big bull of the woods gonads and The Bull of The Woods just don’t give up.
      Don’t get me wrong Patriots I’m glad you are here. Let’s keep kicking Dook 4 Brains Butt TOGETHER my Patriots.
      EPA

  • Tom

    November 14, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    The rest of the country might not be too happy with him. Florida is still a laughingstock in the larger scheme of things. When your biggest achievement is banning books, you’re probably not going to get much traction.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 14, 2023 at 1:50 pm

      Laughingstock eh? People are flocking to this state. How many congressional seats has Florida lost? Ask Newsom the same question in Kalifornia. I get it, you don’t like DeSantis. He is still very popular here.

      • FloridaPatriot

        November 14, 2023 at 2:00 pm

        He is popular here but so is child predator Gaetz, SO that isn’t an accomplishment. The rest of the US is smarter than the Florida transplants that have ruined this state. Hopefully they will not vote this dictator into the WH.

      • MH/Duuuval

        November 14, 2023 at 2:04 pm

        People moving here since Dee came into office fall into two categories: Those who want to avoid pay a personal income tax or see opportunities to invest in undervalued Florida housing, and those induced by various state subsidies — so-called essential workers — to move here.

        Either way, those of us who have been here a while are getting squeezed.

      • Tom

        November 14, 2023 at 2:14 pm

        Not sure I’d say flocking. 500,000 left and 740,000 came so it’s a net positive but plenty are still leaving. For my part, nope, I don’t like him and all I can do is change from unaffiliated to republican, vote against him in the primary then switch back to unaffiliated and vote against trump in the general. I’m not thrilled with biden but I’ll vote against trump all day every day. I wish we had better choices. As for the whataboutisms, I don’t live in cali so I don’t much are what they do – that’s up to their voters.

      • Michael K

        November 14, 2023 at 2:21 pm

        It’s said that Florida is where people go to die.
        California is where people go to live.

        • Impeach Biden

          November 14, 2023 at 2:42 pm

          Why are they leaving then? You and I know.

      • Biscuit

        November 14, 2023 at 5:05 pm

        Sheep do flock. You have a point there.
        Arf.

  • FloridaPatriot

    November 14, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    Do more DAMAGE

  • Michael K

    November 14, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Uh, thanks but no thanks – you’ve done enough to us already. It may take years to repair the damage.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 14, 2023 at 2:47 pm

      Damage? Really? I just walked through a major airport in this state and I can tell you the economy and airlines are thriving in Florida. Put your boogey man away.

      • Tom

        November 15, 2023 at 7:55 am

        Here in Del Boca Vista, it’s the start of snowbird season where the people from all those blue states come to spend 183 days so they can claim residency and not pay their state taxes. The airports are busy, the roads are busy, the restaurants are busy (but only until 6) and pretty much everything turns to crap in exchange for which, we don’t pay state tax. There is no boogy man nor does politics have anything to do with it.

        • MH/Duuuval

          November 15, 2023 at 1:05 pm

          Seniors in Duval are still waiting for the early bird specials to arrive here — not because we’re snowbirds, but because we’re having a tough time getting by and dining out is one of the first things to be eliminated.

  • PeterH

    November 14, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Ron, Americans will never give you the chance. Time to find gainful employment off the government nipple!

  • Kathryn A

    November 14, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    He’s done enough to destroy the state;unless you happen to be wealthy and powerful! Let’s not inflict this man on the rest of the country.

  • Andy

    November 14, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    More for the Nazi’s who rally with him? Or more for the non-education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her Magic family?

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 14, 2023 at 5:48 pm

      The DeVos family can take advantage of a special tax break that leaves their trust untouched for 1000 years. No wonder rich folks cotton up to Ron.

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 15, 2023 at 4:09 am

    AS IF.! Ask our Floridians in hurricane hit SW Florida about half ass aid given by Gov. Desantis ? Boy don’t care. Boy lies. Lock him up ! Jail Desantis. Betcha can’t fool those folks either.

  • waking up early

    November 15, 2023 at 7:39 am

    What exactly has Rona DeSatan done for Florida? Not much that matters in my opinion. We have polluted waterways, more people living in poverty, a destroyed New College, a continuing property insurance crisis, a bunch of costly lawsuits over “anti-woke” legislation, a fight with Disney- a major economic engine-, dying citrus industry and boatloads of bad feelings among people. Of course, we have to spend millions to install bulletproof glass in the Capital buildings because everybody is so happy with their government! Please go back to work at Gitmo Rona!

  • Dont Say FLA

    November 15, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Sure, Rhonda could “do more for Florida as President than as Governor”

    Firstly, anything at all would be more, ’cause something is more than nothing.

    Secondly, would the things done “for Florida” be good or bad? No promises being made there, I note.

    Thirdly, so what. Rhonda will never be of any importance again beyond whatever Florida college where he shall be given a cushy College President job, and let me take a wild guess which college he’s been laying the groundwork at for the job he knows will be his next job, lol.

  • That's mathematics, son!

    November 15, 2023 at 4:56 pm

    Two nothin’s is nothin’. That’s mathematics, son! You can argue with me, but you can’t argue with figures! Two half nothin’s is a whole nothin’!

    Foghorn Leghorn

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