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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Gov. Kim Reynolds Endorses Ron DeSantis for President at Des Moines Rally

November 06, 2023

"I will fight for you. I will win for you."

DES MOINES, Iowa — Ron DeSantis and Kim Reynolds spoke at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa today. At the event, Reynolds announced an historic endorsement of Ron DeSantis for president.

Watch the full event here.


Ron DeSantis on leading America's revival:

Leadership is ultimately about putting forth your vision and standing for what you believe in — when it's not easy to do. Because when it's easy, anybody can do it. It's not cost-free — particularly standing for our values at this time in our nation's history. You're going to face attacks, you're going to face a lot of criticism, but you've got to stand your ground. And I don't care what they say about me, I will take the arrows, I will take all the criticism, I'll take the smears, I'll take the hits. Because ultimately, it's not about me, it's about you. I will fight for you. I will win for you. And I will lead America's revival for you and for your families. Together, we will give this nation a new birth of freedom. We can't make excuses. We can't get distracted. We must accomplish the mission.

Ron DeSantis on restoring the American Dream:

I am not going to sit idly by and accept the managed decline of this country. Now is the time for leadership. We will restore the American Dream in this country. If you work hard, you have a right to get ahead without having crippling inflation and interest rates, without having a congress spending you into oblivion, without having regulations and bureaucracy choking innovation. We need to hold Congress accountable. We need term limits for Congress and a balanced budget amendment for members of Congress. We're going to restore the American Dream in this country. We're also going to restore the sovereignty of our nation. You have a right to live in a country where the borders are protected. No more Mexican drug cartels. We're putting the military on the border. We're going to send people back when they come illegally. And we will build the wall. And I will actually have Mexico pay for it, because I know how to tax the remittances. And we are going to hold the Mexican drug cartels accountable for what they are doing to this country — the deaths and the drugs and the trafficking. We're going to treat them like foreign terrorist organizations and we are going to combat them with deadly military force.

Kim Reynolds on why Ron DeSantis should be the next President of the United States:

We are resilient. We can turn this country around. But if we don't get this next election right, if we don't choose right, we are not going to get this country back. So, we have to do everything we can to make the right choice. Not only do we need to make sure that we elect someone who can win and beat Joe Biden, we need a president who has the skill and the resolve to reverse the madness that we see every single day. We need someone who will fight for you and win for you. We need someone who won't get distracted but will stay disciplined, who puts this country first and not himself. That leader is Ron DeSantis!

I also believe that as a mom, and as a grandma, and as an American, I could not and cannot sit on the sidelines any longer. We are living in unprecedented times, and there is just too much at stake. Our country is in trouble. The world is a powder keg. And I'm here to tell you without a doubt that Ron DeSantis is the person that we need leading this country.

At a time when the world is spinning out of control, that is what we should be looking for in a president. Someone who gets results, who devotes every single ounce of their energy to make our lives better, someone who's honest, and who actually knows what it's like to be sent to war. Someone that knows when life begins and thinks it's a beautiful thing to save a beating heart. Someone who calls out our moral decline for what it is, who looks to the future and not the past, someone who most importantly, can win. And that person is Ron DeSantis. And that is why I am so proud to stand here tonight and give him my full support and endorsement for President of the United States of America!

Casey DeSantis on Kim Reynolds' courageousness:

Few courageous, selfless leaders stick their necks out there and they fight for what is right — even when it may not be politically convenient. Courageous leaders ignore threats of retaliation and dismiss false promises. They put themselves in the arena, sometimes alone, and they fight. They fight when it matters. Armed with a shield of faith, they put the country ahead of themselves, knowing we all have such a short amount of time on this planet and a very small window to be able to do good. You know what would be very easy for Governor Kim Reynolds? The most popular — many would say most well-loved Governor in the modern history of Iowa? The winner of a nearly 20-point election landslide? One that she won in her own right because of her accomplishments and her leadership? You know, she could sit this out. She could sit on the sidelines, and she could opine, and she could not put herself into the arena. But as you all well know, that is not Governor Kim Reynolds one bit. Our nation would be a better place if we had more Governor Kim Reynolds in it.


Today's rally marks the sixth public event that Reynolds has participated in with Ron or Casey DeSantis. Reynolds first joined DeSantis in Iowa in March 2022 during his first visit to the state. Reynolds introduced DeSantis at his presidential launch event in Des Moines, DeSantis joined Reynolds for her Fairside Chat series at the Iowa State Fair in August, and Reynolds joined Florida's First Lady Casey DeSantis to officially launch DeSantis' national coalition, "Mamas for DeSantis."

Since announcing his candidacy for president, DeSantis has:

  • Visited 87 of Iowa's 99 counties (and will visit all 99 before the caucus);
  • Earned endorsements from 41 state legislators (more than any candidate in the race); and
  • Has made over 100 stops in the Hawkeye State.

DeSantis and Reynolds are strong conservative leaders who have taken decisive action to help the people of their states. Both governors have:

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Gov. Kim Reynolds Endorses Ron DeSantis for President at Des Moines Rally Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/370906

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