Republican presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis kicked off his campaign in Iowa on Tuesday with his usual sharp rhetoric aimed at the “woke” culture and the failures of President Biden, but he also included as a thinly veiled taunt of the former President. Donald Trump, his top opponent in the race.
“At the end of the day, leadership is not about entertainment, it’s not about building a brand, it’s not about virtue signaling. It is about results,” DeSantis told the crowd gathered for his first campaign speech as a candidate. of the presidency after the official launch. his campaign last week.
His words appeared to be a jab at Trump’s unorthodox style and how some critics say he is completely self-centered and self-satisfied.
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DeSantis also used the speech to rail against the nation’s “fiscal crisis,” a hot topic amid ongoing efforts to get Congress to pass the debt ceiling deal between Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
“DC doesn’t have a lot of things except mountains of debt and a lot of hot air,” he added later.
DeSantis continued his tenure as Florida governor, including standing up for “liberty” during the COVID-19 pandemic, signing into law pro-life protections for the unborn, tax relief, and legislation to stop the state’s ESG investment policies.
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He also vowed, if elected president, to confront China and stop what he called the “administrative state” from taking over America’s constitutional government.
The Trump campaign responded to DeSantis’ speech by telling Fox News that it “reaffirms why President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party and the only person who on Day One can fix the economy, secure our border, end the Russia-Ukraine war. , fix the military, and stand up for law enforcement.”
“Ron DeSantis is not a serious man who can take on Joe Biden and bring about the Great American Comeback. His ill-conceived speech has little substance and is designed to appease the establishment Never Trumpers who are looking for a swamp puppets who do their bidding,” said Trump spokesman Steven Cheung.
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