Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (right) says he can beat President Biden in a 2024 match.
On Monday, an interview with Piers Morgan published by The New York PostThe Republican rising star and likely presidential candidate has pointed to his record of winning the 2022 Florida midterm elections, arguing that he has the broad appeal needed to win next year’s presidential election.
“I’m running against Biden,” DeSantis said. “Like [Trump and I] potentially competing for the Republicans, I understand that, but ultimately you know the guy I’m going to focus on is Biden because I think he let the country down. I think the country wants change. I think they want a fresh start and a new direction, and so we’re going to be talking about it loudly.”
Asked if he thinks he can beat Biden, Florida’s governor replied, “I think so.”
DeSantis has spoken little about his plans for 2024. He has repeatedly shrugged off questions about whether he will run for the White House next year, though he is actively campaigning and a formal decision is expected in late spring after the Florida legislature adjourns its annual session.
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However, DeSantis exhibits all the characteristics of a politician who intends to run for a higher office. In an interview with Morgan, DeSantis boasted about his track record as governor of Florida—budget surpluses, environmentally friendly policies, and “hard-core crime-fighting” policies—arguing that he has what it takes to win independent voters over to his side.
This broad political appeal is the formula for a Republican victory in 2024, he said.
“I won with the Independents by 18 points,” DeSantis said. “So it’s going to be the same formula that we would take, and frankly forget about me, I think anyone should adopt a formula like that nationally. You can’t win with Republicans alone. You have to win with the Independents and you have to convince some of these Democrats what I was able to do in Florida because they didn’t wake up, they don’t like some nonsense.”
DeSantis’ interview with Fox News anchor Morgan, who has a rocky history with Trump, contained some of the Florida governor’s most upbeat comments about a potential 2024 presidential race.
For weeks, he has faced relentless criticism and ridicule from Trump, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination again. DeSantis, however, has largely ignored the attacks, insisting that he is only focused on his job as governor of Florida.
At some point in his interview with morganDeSantis made fun of the nickname Trump uses to make fun of him – “Ron DeSanktimonius” – saying, “I don’t know how to spell sanctimonious.”
“I don’t really know what it means, but I like it, it’s long, it has a lot of vowels,” DeSantis said. “We’ll go with it, it’s okay. I mean, you can call me whatever you want, as long as you also call me a winner, because that’s what we were able to do in Florida, put a lot of points on the board and really take this state to the next level. level.”
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