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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Ron DeSantis on The Mark Levin Show

September 21, 2023

"We want to be the most dominant energy producer in the entire world."

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ron DeSantis today joined the Mark Levin show. The highlights are below.

Listen to the full interview HERE.

On his plan to revive American energy dominance:

Yes, we don't want to be relying on foreign countries, but even beyond that, we want to be the dominant energy producer in the entire world. That's important, one, to get prices down at the pump for Americans. Two, it helps the economy overall, because energy costs impact all prices. So it's relief from inflation, it helps small businesses, it helps our industrial base, but maybe most important of all, it helps our national security. Biden's anti-energy agenda benefits Russia, Iran, Venezuela and China. I mean, just think about his push to force people to do electric vehicles. Where does the minerals and the things that they mined, where does that come from to go into the batteries and whatnot? Most of it comes from China, and so it makes Americans more reliant on China. It will totally decimate our automobile industry here at home. We have these minerals, we have reserves. And so I think we should be exporting our natural gas to all these places. Give it to Europe, so that they don't have to worry about any hostile countries. We've got to choose Midland over Moscow when it comes to energy. We've got to choose the Marcellus over the Mullahs. And we've got to choose Bakken over Beijing. If we do all of that, the average American is going to do much better in their pocketbook, and our country is going to be way more secure as a result.

On reducing reckless and wasteful federal spending:

If you look at the problem we've had with the explosion of debt, it's routed back into the COVID response where they did trillions and trillions of dollars. And both parties supported this over the last three, four years, and that's bad, and that shouldn't have happened. And I think the whole response, looking back, we should have never done that. I think most people acknowledge that at this point. Clearly in Florida, we fought back against that very early on. But the problem is, is they've locked in those levels of spending, effectively that were justified because of the of the quote, COVID emergency. You got to go all the way back, set all those spending levels back to what it was prior to that 2017, 2018, 2019 levels, and then you got to hold the line there.

On why he's the left's biggest threat:

I think it's because one, they know that I will beat Joe Biden, but I think much more importantly, they've seen me actually execute on this agenda. We're so used to people running for office, making big promises, and then not following through on what they said they would do. With me, everything I said I would do as governor, I have delivered, and these are big wins on illegal immigration, on education, on economy, on reducing our debt, on and on down the line, things that really, really matter to Floridians and to conservatives nationally, because we've led the way. So they look at me as somebody who in the two-term presidency, you know, I have the strategic judgment, I have the discipline, to be able to bring all this stuff in for a landing. They do not want to see that, you know. They are invested in continuing in the status quo. They don't want somebody that's going to come in and actually get the job done. So they've been really targeting me for many, many years.

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - ICYMI: Ron DeSantis on The Mark Levin Show Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/367786

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