Ron DeSantis would run for President all over again if he could
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 5/5/23-Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference after the 2023 legislative session concluded, Friday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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'You have a right to throw your hat in the ring.'

Florida’s Governor says he had no regrets about his failed presidential campaign that saw $168 million spent only to run in one contest and win zero counties despite his best efforts.

“Of course. I mean, this country needs big change. You need someone that’s going to go in there and get all this done. I was somebody that had the ability to do that. And I think we had to offer that to the folks,” Ron DeSantis said after being asked if he would run “all over again” given his underwhelming performance.

“Some people agreed with that in Iowa, but not enough agreed with it. And so, you know, but the good thing is, you know, you have a right to throw your hat in the ring.”

The Governor may have quit the presidential campaign, suspending his campaign in January. But he clearly is trying to remain part of the conversation, as evidenced by a call with delegate volunteers earlier this week.

He told them that 2028 is still wide open for him.

“Oh, I haven’t ruled anything out. I mean, I think that, you know, we’re still in this election cycle so it’s presumptuous to say, you know, this or that. I think a lot happens in politics,” DeSantis said.

“I heard from a lot of people on the ground in these early states that, you know, they thought I was so wonderful, such a great president, but they wanted to give Donald Trump one more shot and they would just support me in ’28.”

The Governor said the Primary battle ended up being an “incumbent race.”

“Without Trump, I think we would have run away with it,” DeSantis said, saying the polls showed “Trump and me and then everybody else is distant behind in terms of that.”

The Governor went on to say that he didn’t want to be Trump’s VP and said the Governor shouldn’t have an “identity politics” running mate.

Meanwhile, his bashing of Trump political consultants on the call led to a sharp rebuke from Chris LaCivita.

“Chicken fingers and pudding cups is what you will be remembered for, you sad little man,” the senior Trump aide snarked on social media Wednesday.

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


19 comments

  • PeterH

    February 23, 2024 at 11:40 am

    Grifters gotta grift is the DeSantis campaign motto. He really needs to find employment in the private sector. Get off the gubberment dole!

    • Mayorkas Impeached

      February 23, 2024 at 12:41 pm

      Has Joe Biden ever worked in the private sector? How about Schumer? Compare those two life long politicians to DeSantis. There is no comparison

      • Mayorkas Impeached

        February 23, 2024 at 12:42 pm

        So who is the grifter / grifter’s then? By the way this page is gonna blow up when the Howlers see DeSantis on three of the headlines.

        • JD

          February 23, 2024 at 1:00 pm

          They’ve had the same amount of experience in the private sector as Trump had in the public sector.

          Joe Biden

          Private Sector Experience: Briefly worked at a law firm before dedicating his career to public service.

          Public Sector Accomplishments:

          1. Served as U.S. Senator from Delaware for 36 years, focusing on foreign relations, criminal justice, and domestic policy.

          2. Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017, playing a key role in the Affordable Care Act and economic recovery post-2008 financial crisis.

          3. As President, focused on pandemic response, infrastructure, and climate change initiatives.

          Chuck Schumer

          Private Sector Experience: Limited, with a background in law that likely included interactions with the private sector.

          Public Sector Accomplishments:

          1. Long-serving U.S. Senator from New York, with significant contributions to finance, health care, and consumer protection legislation.

          2. Played a crucial role in crafting and passing economic stimulus measures, gun control laws, and immigration reform efforts.

          3. As Senate Majority Leader, has been instrumental in advancing significant legislative agendas.

          These accomplishments demonstrate their dedication to public service and the substantial impact of their work on American policy and society, countering the notion of them being “grifters.”

          But this was about DeSantis, and Ron DeSantis’s private sector experience is limited. His career has predominantly been in public service, including serving as a U.S. Navy JAG officer and a federal prosecutor, before transitioning into politics as a U.S. Representative and then as the Governor of Florida.

          • Mayorkas Impeached

            February 23, 2024 at 1:35 pm

            Working the google machine I see. Trump made his wealth as a businessman. Schumer and Biden are grifters. The entire Biden family has benefited from old man Joe. How did Hunter land a job at Burisma?

          • JD

            February 23, 2024 at 2:03 pm

            Google? Nah, were well past that. But everything listed is a fact to your opinion and conjecture.

            Trump didn’t make squat as a business man.

            The $200M he inherted, had be been a business man, would have put him well into billionare status, instead of being shadowy and living on credit.

            Well I guess he did make something as a business man – a lot of BAD decisions.

            Keep howling, fellow howler monkey.

          • Mayorkas Impeached

            February 23, 2024 at 3:53 pm

            So all that info came off the top of your head? Yes and Joe Biden does not have dementia. Nice try my man. Remember Trump did not collect a paycheck when he served as President. For a broke man that is a nice spread in Palm Beach.

          • JD

            February 23, 2024 at 5:38 pm

            You mean Mar-Largo? That he bought for $10M in 1985 pretty much on credit?

            Nice try my man. Keep Howling. It’s a good chorus.

          • Howler Monkey

            February 24, 2024 at 7:07 am

            Bottom line is Trump is a one percenter. 99 percent of the population is not including you and me. Unlike Schumer and Biden who have drawn checks for many many years from the taxpayers of this country. Those two have used their positions to enrich themselves. Biden has no business sense. He would bankrupt the most successful Statbucks franchise in this country.

          • JD

            February 24, 2024 at 3:31 pm

            So what makes you think Trump can identify with anything that remotely looks like your life, concerns and needs?

            I’m not seeing that bottomline. At least with Biden, he came from a further down the “99 percentage” from blue collor background.

            And to say Trump didn’t enrich himself from his government contacts and position is worse than naive.

            Come on Howler Monkey.

      • PeterH

        February 23, 2024 at 2:37 pm

        Christina Pushaw certainly is annoyed lately! …… and so many scream names!

        Republicans are America’s worst enemy!

        Vote all Republicans out of office!

        • Not Pushaw

          February 23, 2024 at 3:54 pm

          If Im Pushaw then you are Nikki Fried Peter H.

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 24, 2024 at 1:59 pm

        Play stupid games ….

  • Michael K

    February 23, 2024 at 11:49 am

    Technically, I could also run for president. But I’m self-aware enough to know that I do not possess the skill set or temperament to be president. Sadly, Rhonda does not either, but they have no self-awareness of their limitations and unlikeability. And they have no idea how to manage people or money.

    When Rhonda speaks of “change” they are looking in the rearview mirror, not moving forward. Nobody wants to mimic Florida, except maybe Alabama.

  • Abram Nicholson

    February 23, 2024 at 1:59 pm

    DeSantis as president would be just another horror show like trump’s.

  • TJC

    February 23, 2024 at 2:16 pm

    Of course DeSantis would do it all over again, it didn’t cost him a dime. He got a pretty penny out of it, in fact:
    Forbes, July 1, 2023: “Whether or not Ron DeSantis wins the Republican nomination, he has already gotten rich trying. The Florida governor said he was worth $1.2 million in a filing released Friday, up from $319,000 a year earlier, thanks to a lucrative book deal timed to his bid for the White House.”

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    February 23, 2024 at 7:26 pm

    Good evening Sage American Patriots,
    Let these Lefty Commenters (above) have their Fake Fun with all their nasty remarks.
    All sage followers of mine, Earl Pitts American, are already Wise to the Fact that Ron & and The Beautiful Casey will be Leading The Free World for the next Eight Years from The White House.
    All my Sage Followers are hereby blessed with my permission to Relax Their Sphincters for The Entire Weekend secure in the knowledge that Earl Knows Best.
    Thank you all followers of Earl Pitts American,
    Earl Pitts American

  • wake me up soon

    February 24, 2024 at 8:22 am

    Rona’s lust for power knows no bounds. He doesn’t give a flip about Florida nor Floridians. He’s only consumed with his own personal ambitions to be President. Just watch his actions and it’s obvious, FHP and FNG deployed to Texas to “defend the border” for example. He’s insane with his addiction for power. Scary. My money is on him accepting to be Tramp’s VP pick, despite Rona claiming that he doesn’t want to be Tramp’s “number two.” Everyone who supports Tramp is already number 2!

  • Dont Say FLA

    February 24, 2024 at 2:09 pm

    Low expectations and hundreds of millions of dollars with which to meet them.

    Why wouldn’t he run for President again?

    I sure would if I were him

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