Portrait of Ron DeSantis

DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Ron DeSantis on Newsmax

September 25, 2023

Tallahassee, FL - Watch the full interview HERE.

On reversing Bidenomics and reducing the price of gas:

Gas is going up everywhere, and that's because of Biden's policies, so, we rolled out our plan for energy dominance. We are going to get the gas prices down. I mean, we have the resources. This is such a great thing for us to do to help people, workers, businesses, jobs, and our national security, so it's a no brainer from that perspective. Biden wants them going up, we want them going down. Now California, they impose all these ridiculous regulations on their energy, and so, their prices are purely a result of bad state policies here. But you know, the problem with California is they're a glutton for punishment. They do all this, they're such a big state, they affect the states around them. Arizona and Nevada have very high gas prices, and it's not because they're doing the same California policies, but California is so big that the refining and everything that goes into it spills over in these other states. I would like to look to see, can the federal government provide Californians some relief from their own state government? Because wouldn't you rather be paying $2 a gallon less if you're in California? I think that'd be a huge relief to a lot of people here.

On Biden's harmful electric vehicle mandates:

What Biden is doing is ultimately going to destroy these car companies, and it's going to mean less manufacturing jobs, and I want strong manufacturing jobs. You know, we've got a lot of auto manufacturing in the Sunbelt now, and then those Right to Work states. You know, I want jobs across the board. You repeal those EV mandates, the companies are going to do better, the workers are going to do better. So what they're going to end up doing, if Biden's policies stick, they're going to constantly be arguing over how to slice up a smaller and smaller pie. Because Ford, GM, they get taken to the cleaners on these EV sales. It's all just about the government subsidies.

On his upcoming debate with Gavin Newsom:

He said he would debate me, so I said, 'Let's do it.' I think it's an important debate for the country, not saying who's better, Florida or California, because that debate is over because people have voted with their feet. They've left California and come to Florida, not the other way around. He has lost massive amounts of population. No governor in California history has ever witnessed population loss at all on net. And he's had it -- it's because of the policies that he's driving people away. But, what's the future for the country? The future for the country, for what the left would want to do, is just double down on the California policies, and so I think it's going to be an important debate. I think he's definitely angling for it. I think Biden, I don't think Biden is going to step down willingly. I think it's harder to dislodge somebody who's an incumbent president than people assume it would be. But I think the Democrat establishment really, really is concerned, particularly if they have to run against somebody like me. I think that their view on Trump is that he will help energize their base to come out in ways that maybe some other Republicans won't. I don't know if that's true, per se, the way they're thinking it, but I do think they think that. So I think they're looking for how do we get away from this? Because, you know, Biden is floundering on the world stage. I mean, it's been really embarrassing to see what he's doing.

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Ron DeSantis on Newsmax Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/367737

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