Florida Governor and presidential contender Ron DeSantis (R) is addressing claims his campaign has faltered head-on.
DeSantis made the remarks during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo.
“These are narratives. The media does not want me to be the nominee,” he said. “I think that’s very, very clear. Why? Because they know I’ll beat Biden. But even more importantly, they know I will actually deliver on all these things. We will stop the invasion at the border, we’ll take on the drug cartels, we’ll curtail the administrative state, we’ll get spending under control. We’ll do all the things that they don’t want to see done.”
The Florida Governor said that national primary polls were effectively useless because the primary is not national and it takes place over a series of months, not all on one day.
“I can tell you we understand this is a state-by-state process,” he said. “We’ve had incredible support in the early states building an organization, signing up the key people that you need to be able to compete in a place like Iowa. We just launched our ‘Mamas Movement’. My wife was in Iowa with Governor Kim Reynolds launching that.”
“Nobody has been a better champion for those folks than me,” he said. “And I would just also point out, you know, my re-election in Florida we had the greatest victory that any Republican governor candidate in the history of the state had, and yet a few months before the election I had media saying that somehow my re-election campaign was stalling, that we weren’t doing anything. And so we’re doing what it takes to win.”
“And, oh, by the way, we just announced last week better fundraising than any non-incumbent has ever had if you look at what was reported, it was about $150 million, and that hasn’t even been deployed yet,” he continued. “We’ve got a long way to go. I’m looking forward to being able to participate in the debates, but this is not something that, you know, I ever expected to just snap fingers and all of a sudden, you know, you win seven months before anything happens. You’ve got to work, and it requires a lot of toil and tears and sweat, and we’re going to do that.”
Last week, a prominent pro-DeSantis spokesman said he was concerned about the Florida Governor’s ability to overtake Donald Trump.
“Right now in national polling we are way behind, I’ll be the first to admit that,” said Cortes. “I believe in being blunt and honest. It’s an uphill battle but clearly Donald Trump is the runaway frontrunner.”