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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - Ron DeSantis on The Faulkner Focus

December 20, 2023

What we want the election to be about is the failures of Joe Biden."

Tallahassee, FL - Ron DeSantis joined Fox News' Harris Faulkner on The Faulkner Focus today. The highlights are below.

Watch the full interview HERE.

On his strong support in Iowa during the closing stretch before the caucus:

We have accumulated tens of thousands of people who have committed to caucus for us. We're adding more every day. I was at an event outside Iowa City, and we were able to get a bunch more people. I will do an event right after this interview and keep doing it. We'll keep doing that and have the best organization that's ever been done in Iowa. We are doing what I set out to do in terms of amassing this support. But Iowans want to see you, ask questions, and shake your hand. When you are on the ground here. I know people do polls. A lot of polls haven't done well in predicting an actual caucus because I think it is a different beast. But there is a lot of fluidity, I mean, there are a lot of people who haven't made up their mind. I would say, probably close to half could still change their mind or fully make up their mind. So, I think the last stretch, once we turn the new year will be very impactful. We're in the position to capture all that energy.

On how a President DeSantis would end the invasion at our southern border:

Declare it to be a national emergency, send military down there, shut off the invasion, build the border wall, and declare the Mexican drug cartels to be foreign terrorist organizations. They're poisoning tens of thousands of our citizens every year, killing them. We're going to use lethal force against them, and we're going to win that fight.

On making the 2024 election a referendum on Biden's failed policies:

Well, what's keeping a Republican state from saying Biden shouldn't be on the ballot? He let 8 million illegal aliens into this country. Maybe we can say that is an insurrection or rebellion. So what the Colorado Court did had no precedent in American history, and it's not something that's going to be upheld by the Supreme Court. But ultimately, what we want this election to be about, it is not about the January 6, or all the legal issues and all the controversy that's swirling around the former president. What we want the election to be about is the failures of Joe Biden, what we're going to do to turn the country around. That's how we frame the election to win. I think the Democrats would like nothing more than to keep doing all this legal stuff and make 2024 just a referendum on all the trials and everything else that's out there. It's not fair. It's politically motivated. But the Democrats are going to use that to their advantage. There's no question that this Colorado thing, I think it'll be reversed, but that's just the opening salvo. I think they're going to come with a lot more stuff, and that's going to be really a storyline as we get into '24.

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - Ron DeSantis on The Faulkner Focus Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/369143

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