Fresh off his impressive second-place finish in the Iowa Caucuses, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida made his way to New Hampshire for a CNN town hall. Unlike some of his competitors, DeSantis had no qualms about showing up and debating his opponents. He proudly proclaimed himself as the only candidate who wasn’t running a “basement campaign,” taking a not-so-subtle jab at Joe Biden and his lack of public appearances.
—-> DeSantis: 'I'm the Only One Who's Not Running a Basement Campaign at This Point' https://t.co/PfizKhyayE
— Susie Moore ⚾️🌻🐶 (@SmoosieQ) January 18, 2024
DeSantis made it clear that he believes in the importance of engaging directly with voters and answering their questions. He criticized the media’s role in shaping the narrative and emphasized the need for candidates to connect directly with the people. As a conservative Republican, DeSantis understands that the political establishment and mainstream media often try to manipulate public opinion. He sees himself as a candidate who will disrupt the status quo and truly represent the interests of the American people.
When asked about his chances against former President Donald Trump, DeSantis acknowledged the widespread support for Trump’s policies among Republicans. However, he pointed out that a significant portion of Iowa caucus-goers had chosen another candidate, suggesting that there is an appetite for a different kind of leadership. DeSantis believes that he represents a continuation of Trump’s conservative agenda, but with a proven track record of delivering results as the governor of Florida.
One of the key issues DeSantis touched upon was immigration. He argued that jurisdictions declaring themselves as sanctuaries for illegal immigrants should bear the burden of dealing with the consequences. He defended his controversial decision to ship illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a sanctuary jurisdiction, as a way to raise awareness about the dangers of open borders. As a staunch opponent of sanctuary cities, DeSantis has made it clear that he will not tolerate such lawlessness as president.
DeSantis also spoke out against the woke ideology and indoctrination that is creeping into our schools and universities. He believes that the United States is not a racist country and that we should strive for a colorblind society. He has taken action in Florida to eliminate divisive practices like the DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) programs in universities, which he sees as promoting discrimination and indoctrination. DeSantis stands for individual achievement and merit, regardless of race or ethnicity.
On a more personal note, DeSantis shared his reasons for joining the military and his passion for baseball. He was deeply affected by the events of 9/11 and felt a calling to serve his country. Through his military service, he gained a deep understanding of the challenges faced by veterans and the importance of prioritizing their needs. His love for baseball taught him important lessons about resilience, teamwork, and individual initiative.
As the New Hampshire primary approaches, DeSantis faces an uphill battle against Trump and Nikki Haley. While he currently trails in the polls, DeSantis is determined to prove his worth and close the gap. As a conservative Republican, he embodies the principles and values that resonate with many Americans. With the recent exit of other candidates from the race, DeSantis may have an opportunity to make significant gains in the coming days.