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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Ron DeSantis on The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show

December 11, 2023

"None of the other candidates, like Nikki Haley, can get support from conservatives."

Tallahassee, FL - Ron DeSantis today joined The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show. The highlights are below.

Listen to the full interview here.

On his ground game and growing momentum in Iowa:

One of the leading political leaders in Iowa, Bob Vander Plaats, head of The Family Leader, he's endorsed me. He ran for governor in 2010. The Des Moines Register poll the day before the primary had him down 30. He lost by two. And so I think that some of these things, the history of them has not been great, especially going from a caucus...we've already gotten tens of thousands of people that would exceed even what that poll said, and we're continuing to build every day...when we're able to go make the case in person, and sometimes that'll be at a diner with 30, 40 people, sometimes that'll be more of a rally where we have a couple 100 people, we're able to get people to come and caucus for us. So we're going to be working very hard on the ground. We're going to be doing that. But I think what all the polling shows, and I think Republicans have been burned by this, but if you do look underneath it, there's only two candidates that conservatives would be willing to support: Donald Trump and me. None of the other candidates, like Nikki Haley, can get support from conservatives. And ultimately, to win, to be a Republican nominee, you got to do well with Republicans and you got to do well with those who consider themselves conservative Republicans.

On Gavin Newsom's wife throwing in the towel during their Fox News debate:

We were standing at the podium. He [Hannity] said, 'You guys want to go?' I'm like, that's fine. And I guess we had already gone over the allotted 90 minutes. But it was fun. And that was pretty shortly after I did the San Francisco poop map, and showed that to everybody. And so that obviously was not a good moment for him. And so then we go to commercial break. And then there was a woman that came out and she said, 'Hard stop, hard stop. It's over. It's over.' I didn't necessarily know who it was at the time, but then come to find out that was his wife, that they didn't want to continue with the debates. I was 100% willing to continue with the debate. They didn't want to do it. But I think it was important to do the debate because one, they're [Democrats] are likely not going to run Biden if it doesn't look good for Biden. Newsom was kind of the guy waiting in the wings. I'm not sure after the debate, that that's someone that they may want to go with, but they're going to go with somebody that's going to be younger. And we just got to be prepared for that as Republicans. And I've always said that the problem with these Democrats is whoever runs besides Biden, Newsom had to had to hug Biden. We both Sean and I made him hug Biden. He said Biden gets an A plus great economy, all that. We all know that's not true. But if he would be the candidate, he would own all of Biden's policies, then he would have to own San Francisco and Los Angeles and California and the Exodus. So in that respect, that's a lot of baggage to be able to take into an election season. And I don't care how slick you are. I don't care how much of a of a snake oil salesman you are. Those facts do matter.

On FSU being left out of the College Football Playoffs:

This year was really the first time that we've competed any of our schools, at a really, really high level. So the fact that they won all their games -- and I understand they lost their quarterback who is a great player -- but my view would be if you win a power five conference, and you're undefeated, and there's only two other undefeated teams, you should be in one of the top four playoff spots. But I do think Florida State's got a good future ahead of them. You know, we'll see. Florida needs to get with the program, and Miami.

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Ron DeSantis on The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/369154

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