"I don't care about Donald Trump's legal future -- that's his problem, he had his chance and screwed up and lost to Joe Biden. If I'm Ron DeSantis, I champion the fact I'm a conservative governor, got a strong robust economy in Florida. I got COVID right. I talk about the things that I can do for the country. I talk about immigration reform. I talk about opportunities to support Ukraine. I talk about education and school choice and the things that helped him win, take Florida from purple to bright red."
--Geoff Duncan summarizing to CNN's Jake Tapper how he'd respond if he were DeSantis 7.19.23.
Ron DeSantis told radio host Matt Murphy that he was running to the right of Mr Trump and portrayed himself as more conservative, according to USA Today. DeSantis said: “It seems like he’s running to the left and I have always been somebody that’s just been moored in conservative principles."
The UK has already built a reputation for itself as the Florida of Europe. Let’s not reinforce that view by buddying up with the ultimate Florida Man
Mar 20, 2023: Vanity Fair: TRUMP’S LOOMING INDICTMENT HAS REPUBLICANS GOING FULL MAGA
Everyone from Kevin McCarthy to Rick Scott to Ron DeSantis have attempted to paint the Stormy Daniels hush-money probe as a politically motivated witch-hunt.
Mar 20, 2023: Denver Post: Trump indictment would be unprecedented moment in U.S. history
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, considering joining the Republican field, criticizes the Trump investigation as politically motivated, “fundamentally wrong.” But he also threw one of his first jabs at the former president in a quip likely to intensify their rivalry. DeSantis said he personally doesn’t “know what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to secure silence over some kind of alleged affair.”
Mar 18, 2023: Des Moines Register: Mike Pence, weighing 2024 presidential run, distances himself from possible rivals on Ukraine
"Anybody that thinks that America has no national interest in supporting Ukraine in their fight against the Russian invasion is wrong," Pence said in an interview with the Des Moines Register on Saturday.
Pence, who was in Des Moines for a foreign policy forum hosted by the Bastion Institute, said the U.S. should never send forces to Ukraine. But he said Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration needs to send other aid at a faster pace.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will make his eagerly anticipated Iowa debut next week with stops in Davenport and Des Moines as he flirts with an expected presidential run later this year
Feb 21, 2023: The Bulwark: Biden Went to Kyiv; DeSantis Went to Fox & Friends
Gross things can happen when you convince yourself that, no matter what, you must position yourself in complete opposition to your political opponents. Just look at what Ron DeSantis is doing.
Before pursuing elected office, DeSantis was a Yale undergrad-turned-Harvard legal scholar, a history teacher, and a military officer. So, one would think his first reaction to President Biden’s surprise visit to war-torn Kyiv to show solidarity with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky would be, at a bare minimum, to show some respect for the Ukrainian resistance and maybe hold off on the self-serving commentary for a few hours.
DeSantis: I don’t think any of this would have happened, but for the weakness that the president showed during his first year in office, culminating, of course, in the disastrous withdrawal in Afghanistan. So I think while he’s over there, I think I, and many Americans, are thinking to ourselves, okay, “He’s very concerned about those borders halfway around the world. He’s not done anything to secure our own border here at home.” We’ve had millions and millions of people pour in, tens of thousands of Americans dead because of fentanyl, and then, of course, we just suffered a national humiliation of having China fly a spy balloon clear across the continental United States. So, we have a lot of problems accumulating here in our own country that he is neglecting.
Among those in the crowd: current and former elected officials, media personalities and lobbyists.
Donald Trump is in a slump.
Support for the former president's 2024 presidential bid has declined as he faces significant midterm losses and courtroom setbacks, an exclusive USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll found.
Among all voters, Trump has fallen further behind President Joe Biden in a hypothetical rematch. Meanwhile, Republicans are leaning in to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a possible 2024 presidential candidate and Trump opponent.
But Newsom has also proposed an alternative vision for addressing the crisis, casting himself as a foil to Governor Ron DeSantis after a highly publicized decision to transport undocumented migrants to liberal areas like Martha's Vineyard earlier this year.
Newsom recently signed off on a plan allowing undocumented residents to obtain state IDs in an effort to "advance equity, and expand opportunity."
Kent Stermon, a prominent Jacksonville-area Republican donor and friend of Gov. Ron DeSantis found dead in his car Thursday night, was under “active investigation” by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis put his weight behind dozens of conservative school board candidates across Florida during the midterms. Now they’re in office — and are purging some educational leaders who enforced Covid-19 mandates.
Andrew Warren will be in federal court today in Tallahassee seeking to get his job back nearly four months after Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him from his position as Hillsborough County state attorney
Fox News: DeSantis proud Florida is 'where woke goes to die,' Crist accuses him of focusing on 2024 presidential run 11.5.22
CNN: Donald Trump isn’t waiting for 2024 to snub Ron DeSantis
Donald Trump will rally Florida Republicans just days before the midterm elections. But Ron DeSantis, the state’s Republican governor, won’t be there.
While the November 6 rally in Miami will feature Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, CNN reports that Trump’s team did not inform DeSantis of their plans ahead of time. Both Rubio and DeSantis are up for reelection this year.
This is not a mistake or an oversight. It’s the latest in a series of verbal (and non-verbal) snubs that Trump has directed toward DeSantis ahead of a potential showdown between the two Republicans in the 2024 presidential primary.
Patch: DeSantis Ordered To Respond To Claims He Unlawfully Relocated Refugees
A judge has ordered Gov. Ron DeSantis to respond to allegations that his Texas-based immigration flights exceeded legislative authority. 10.21.22
Houston Chronicle: How DeSantis used Disney's missteps to wage war on corporate America
On the surface, the pair shared a classic partnership between corporate leader and Republican governor. Disney was a DeSantis donor and one of the state's biggest employers. Thanks to a $578 million tax break approved during his administration, Disney planned to move 2,000 high-paid creative jobs from California to the Sunshine State. 10.18.22
Feb 9, 2022: USA Today: White House denounces Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill as 'hateful' after DeSantis backs it
The Biden administration has denounced a bill being advanced by Florida Republicans that would ban the discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in schools.
The bill orders that schools "may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity" in primary schools "or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students." The bill does not offer definitions on what would be appropriate.
Conservative advocates have argued the bill advances “parental rights in education” by allowing parents to sue public schools they believe are discussing LGBTQ issues should the bill become law. On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis voiced his support for the bill.
Jan 18, 2022: Miami Times: DeSantis map dilutes minority voting strength
Gov. Ron DeSantis just joined Florida’s redistricting fray in a break from tradition.
As Donald Trump, that sorest of sore losers, was demonizing thousands of dedicated poll workers and election officials in the states he lost, Gov. Ron DeSantis repeatedly assured Floridians that nothing went amiss here. The votes were counted swiftly, audited routinely, and certified without complaint.
The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, just announced a new bill that would deputize parents to sue school districts, (like the law in Texas that allows anyone to sue anyone who tries to get an abortion in violation of their new six week law) if CRT is inferred.
Holt waved her Crist sign saying, “We need a Governor!” The crowd chanted, “Beat DeSantis,” “DeSantis has got to go,” while Crist added, “We’ll do it together!” When popular DJ Joe Bullard announced Crist as he passed the reviewing stand, his popularity was again on display.
A federal judge has shielded seven Republican lawmakers and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office from having to testify about a controversial new elections law — including testifying about any involvement by the governor’s office in trying to block three University of Florida professors from serving as expert witnesses.
Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, widely seen as a 2024 presidential hopeful, did not definitively say whether he would sign such a bill into law should it reach his desk: “What they did in Texas was interesting and I haven’t really been able to look enough about it. They’ve basically done this through private right of action.”
Aug 24, 2021: CNN: With cases in Florida surging, DeSantis and Biden square off over coronavirus response
President Joe Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have found their chosen rhetorical rivals in the fight against the coronavirus: each other. And neither seems eager to back down anytime soon.
“The White House highlighting Florida, and specifically Gov. DeSantis, shows their deep concern for the governor’s growing popularity,” said Helen Aguirre Ferré, executive director of the Republican Party of Florida. “They are concerned that they are not going to do well in 2022, and they should be concerned.” 8.24.21