Posted 13 days ago
President Biden won’t be on the ballot next year in Florida, as Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis runs for a second four-year term steering the Sunshine State.
But DeSantis sure made it sound like he was running against the president as he addressed a conservative crowd at a political fundraising event in Nebraska City, Nebraska, which is just across the Missouri River from Iowa, the state whose caucuses for half a century have kicked off the presidential nominating calendar.
"My message from Florida is this: When Joe Biden violates the Constitution, when Joe Biden attacks the jobs of Floridians and Americans, when Joe Biden targets the livelihood of Florida families and American families, I am fighting back against him," DeSantis said to cheers at GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska’s fifth annual Steak Fry.
DeSantis, whom political pundits see as a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate despite his denials, used his speech to criticize the president over his handling of the rocky U. S. withdrawal and evacuation from Afghanistan and Biden’s executive order last week mandating COVID vaccines for up to 100 million American workers.
DeSantis – a conservative congressman who was narrowly elected Florida governor in 2018 with support from then-President Trump – saw his popularity surge among Republican voters in his state and around the nation over the past year and a half, thanks in large part to his combative pushback against COVID restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. And that’s fueled speculation about likely national ambitions, as the governor’s support has jumped among Republicans in early 2024 polls.
DeSantis, a vocal critic of the Democratic president, has traded verbal fire this summer with Biden over the coronavirus, the worst pandemic to strike the globe in a century. The back-and-forth was ignited early last month when the president, making a plea to Americans to get vaccinated, targeted DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas without naming them.
"I say to these governors: Please help," Biden said. "But if you aren’t going to help, at least get out of the way."
DeSantis, in his speech on Sunday, argued that Biden "obsesses" over Florida and the governor’s handling of the COVID crisis.
"If you watch Biden, he always has to talk about Florida loves talking about things that we're doing down there," DeSantis charged. "If he spent a little less time talking about Florida and more time doing his job as commander in chief, we might not have 13 service members who were killed in action in Afghanistan because of his ineptitude and dereliction of duty."
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