DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Ron DeSantis on NBC
"As Governor of Florida, I delivered on 100% of my promises, I'll do that as President, but also deliver on his promises that he didn't fulfill."
Tallahassee, FL - Ron DeSantis joined Hallie Jackson and Tom Llamas for NBC's Post Debate Coverage. Read the highlights below.
Watch the full interview HERE.
On Governor Reynolds' historic endorsement:
I do think with Kim Reynolds endorsing me, I think that that's a big moment for the Iowa caucus because I've talked to people in Iowa. Basically, they said, you know, when Governor Reynolds came out for Governor DeSantis, basically that's telling Iowa caucus-goers, 'You know what, you got to plug it now,' and you're going to start seeing that.
On Trump's downfall:
Donald Trump is not the same guy he was in 2016. You would not have been able to keep him off that stage in 2016. The consultants would not have been able to do that. Now, they don't want him up on the stage. When he gives speeches, it's usually off the teleprompter. And I think his view is like, well, he has a polling lead, therefore, why would he want to get involved and actually earn the job? But that's not the way this goes. So, what I think you're going to see, because I'm on the ground in the early states, voters are now starting to really pay attention. It is going to hurt him if he's not willing to debate going forward, because voters expect you to earn their vote. And if you look at his support, he's got some that are rock solid, he probably doesn't have to debate, but other supporters of his are willing to go for another candidate.
On how he will follow through on Trump's broken promises:
Here's how I view the Republican electorate: 25% are going to do Trump no matter what, give or take, 25% have moved on. They don't want to do it. And then the 50% in the middle, they're conservative voters, America first voters. They would vote for him, but they'd also vote for someone else... So what you have to do is you have to prove yourself. And it's not a question of attacking him as much as just telling the truth. So, for example, when I'm on the campaign trail, I always say, he said Mexico would pay for the border wall. Now what he's saying is, 'Well, there was no legal mechanism I could have done...' I think if you guys covered that campaign, he was very clear Mexico [would] pay for the wall. But the thing is, people told them at the time, you could tax the remittances of foreign workers, and you can raise the billions, so I will actually do that. So, what I tell people is, as Governor of Florida, I delivered on 100% of my promises. I'll do that as President, but also deliver on his promises that he didn't fulfill.
Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Ron DeSantis on NBC Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/367805