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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - Ron DeSantis on Your World with Neil Cavuto

January 19, 2024

"Anyone can sit there and carp on the sidelines. Get in the arena and fight for what you believe in."

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ron DeSantis today joined Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Channel. The highlights are below.

Watch part one HERE and part two HERE.

On how he's the only candidate not running a basement campaign:

I've been up here a number of days in New Hampshire since Iowa, and I'm the only one that's not running a basically a basement campaign. I mean, I'm out there taking questions from the media. I'm doing town halls. I got two more today. I did one live on CNN and I committed to do both debates. We were supposed to do one on ABC WMUR last night, and then one on Sunday on CNN, but neither of the other candidates are willing to do it. It's just odd, because this first in the nation is really a tradition where the voters really kick the tires, and they ask you questions, and having a debate here is a tradition.

On how Democrats want Trump as the nominee:

We've got to just let voters know, hey, you know, what is November 2024 look like? How is Donald Trump going to navigate all the things that he's going to have to navigate? You notice the Democrats are licking their chops. The Democrats want to see Trump as the nominee. That is not anything that I think is a secret, because they have a playbook that they're going to roll out. And as soon as soon as they want to, they will. You're already starting to see these polls. There were so many polls saying Trump was going to be Biden in the fall. Now you're starting to see that shift. And my plan, my guess would be, if he shows up the nomination this spring, the media is going to be rolling out polls, showing that Biden has a strong lead going into the general election. So I think with me, people don't have to worry about any of that stuff. It'll be focused on their issues. It'll be focused on holding the Democrats accountable. And I do think we have the advantage when it's on issues. I think we have the advantage. It's a referendum on Trump, I think the Democrats have an advantage.

On why he's running for president:

I didn't run to be somebody. I ran to do something. 2024 is a time for choosing for this country. If we have four more years of this, we're going to be in a tough time to dig out of it. I think it'll take a perhaps a generation. I've always been skeptical about Donald Trump's ability to win a general election. And I remain that. And so I couldn't have just sat on the sidelines, and not done it when I had the opportunity to make a difference. And we'll see how it ends up working out over the rest of the balance of the year. But leadership is about taking the reins, it doesn't matter if it's an uphill battle. It's not about trying to protect your own political hide. It's not about trying to position yourself down the road. If there's an opportunity to lead, you take it. And that's what we did. So that was the right thing to do. If I had been sitting on the sidelines, and Republicans end up losing in 24 people that would have said, 'you had an opportunity to do something and you didn't.' So anyone can sit there and carp on the sidelines. Get in the arena and fight for what you believe in.

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - Ron DeSantis on Your World with Neil Cavuto Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/370636

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