Gov. Ron DeSantis: Republican Nomination Must Be Earned
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) emphasized that the Republican presidential nomination cannot be taken for granted. In a passionate speech at a campaign rally in Coralville, Iowa, he stated, “Look, you have to earn this nomination and you have to show up, you have to debate, you gotta be willing, you’ve got to be willing to answer questions.”
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DeSantis was asked if he believes former President Donald Trump is “afraid” of his arguments, which may explain why he refuses to participate in the upcoming primary debate in Milwaukee.
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DeSantis stressed the importance of defending one’s record and articulating a vision for the future. Sitting alongside his wife, Casey, he stated, “You’ve got to be willing to defend your record, and you’ve got to articulate a vision for the future.”
Trump recently announced that he will not sign the loyalty pledge required by the Republican National Committee to participate in the first GOP presidential debate. This decision has sparked outrage among other Republican candidates who have committed to signing the pledge.
DeSantis, on the other hand, has signed the RNC criteria, ensuring his attendance at the primary debate on August 23. He has met the polling and donor requirements, demonstrating his dedication to the nomination process.
Proud of Florida’s Achievements
Switching gears, DeSantis proudly highlighted his conservative agenda as governor of Florida. He stated, “I’m proud of what we’ve done in Florida. Now, people just assume it’s a deep red state. That wasn’t the case before I was there.”
Trump’s justification for not participating in the debate is his significant lead in the polls. However, this decision has caused outrage among fellow Republican candidates who believe in the importance of signing the loyalty pledge.
DeSantis continued by emphasizing the need to ask oneself why they are running for president. He answered, “I am in this race because this country is in decline. Simply managing decline isn’t going to be accepted. We have to reverse the decline.”
He concluded by stating that his agenda is not about himself, but about the American people. DeSantis aims to hold President Biden accountable for his governance and failures while offering a positive way out of the current challenges the nation faces.
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