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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - A Swing Through South Carolina

October 20, 2023

Ron DeSantis visits the Palmetto State for two full days of events

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ron DeSantis returned to South Carolina this week to lay out his plan to take care of our nation's veterans and promote his new "Veterans for DeSantis" coalition.

Throughout his swing through South Carolina, the Governor made stops all across the Palmetto State.

During his stop in Anderson, SC he launched the 'Veterans for DeSantis' coalition where he laid out his plan to improve care to those who have served our nation.

Watch the full event here.

"A veteran is somebody who at one point in their life, wrote a check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including that individual's life. When you sign up, you check your liberty at the door in many respects, you're now property of the Army, the Air Force, the Navy, Marine Corps, whoever you're joining, and you don't know what duty will call, you don't know where it where you'll be sent, you don't know what you're going to be called upon to do in the future. But you put yourself in the country's hands, and you're willing to stand up and risk your life to defend other people's lives and our freedom and this country's freedom." - Ron DeSantis

Following his event, DeSantis took questions from reporters where he spoke about Biden's handling on the war in Israel:

"They want to continue to play footsie with Iran. Those policies aren't going to work, he should be working to snapback sanctions on Iran to tighten up the money going in, that they use with the oil profits. They've made a fortune on oil since he's been President. And that goes to fund the terrorist activity. And so, we know all that. So, I'd like to see him take strong action there. I'd like to see him say that we're not going to send any money to the Gaza Strip. Especially given that we have the hostages that are still there. I'd like to see him push forward more on getting those hostages out of there. But there's a lot of work to do. And I think you've seen how the media treated that hospital. That was bad reporting. And I think it did a lot of damage. But there's narratives that are developing that are more focused on holding Israel responsible for everything when Hamas is the one who's responsible."

Then, DeSantis made his way to a VFW Town Hall in Rock Hill, SC.

"I think there are too many voters out there who will never vote for Trump at this point. That's just the reality. It's not because of policy, it's because of other issues. So how do we get those voters, because I think that on policy, we're going to be able to have a much sharper contrast with Biden because of his failures. And you want someone who has a track record of doing it. In Florida, we took a state that had been an evenly divided state, almost all the races were decided by one point, I get in for four years, lead, we win by a million and a half. I had a bigger vote margin than most people got in their statewide races in this country. We had won by 20 points, we won more than 60% of Latino voters, we won women voters by 8 or 9%. You know, we want across the board in areas--, we won Miami Dade County, the most urban county in Florida, 2.8 million people, Republicans usually get killed in cities, we won the county. Republican hadn't won it in a long time, Hillary won it by 30 points in 2016. We won it by double digits there. And that's just leadership, its vision. It's articulating this stuff in a way that's drawing people in."

To wrap up night one, DeSantis met with the SC/NC Federation of Republican Women to deliver remarks and answer questions with NewsNation's Blake Berman.

Watch the full event here.

The next day, DeSantis appeared on Newsmax's National Report.

"Much of what they're doing in DC is theatrics, but it's not leading to any results. And in Florida, we do the opposite. We don't do the theatrics. We don't do political empty calories. We just deliver results, and we've delivered results on all these issues. In fact, I was the one bringing back people from Israel when Biden was not scrambling resources. There were people stranded there, Americans, Floridians, I did an executive order last week, we scrambled our assets, and we've brought back hundreds of Americans, mostly Floridians, who were stranded in the war zone. So that's what you got to do. You got to step up and lead. And we know, look at the problems, the border is wide, open, inflation, energy, all these things that they need to be addressing. So, get your cards in order and start getting the job done. Because people, we have a lack of leadership in this country. You know, we showed it in Florida. That's why our state's doing so well. But we need to see it in Washington," said Ron DeSantis.

Watch the full interview here.

The Governor then appeared as a special guest at a Never Back Down event in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

At a VFW in Murrells Inlet, SC, a long line of supporters showed up to hear from DeSantis on his vision for America.

His last stop was in Myrtle Beach, where he delivered remarks at a 'Veterans for DeSantis' campaign event.

"I'll tell you this, the problem in Washington is that there's a lack of leadership. So as President, I'm going to come in, I'm going to bring order to this chaos, I'm going to make sure that Congress is focusing on your issues, not on their issues. As President, I'm not going to be worried about my issues, I'm going to be focused on your issues. And we're going to start finally bringing results to this country because we need it," said Ron DeSantis.

"You can have the best constitution in the world, you can have the best Declaration of Independence in the world, those don't run on autopilot. Freedom would be under attack in every generation of Americans, and it would require everyone to step up and answer the call when that happened. And we're now a generation in which this country is in a state of decline, in which we are sputtering on virtually all fronts, from the economy, to the border, to national security, to education. But here's the thing, this decline is not inevitable. That decline is ultimately a choice. And I refuse to fly the white flag of surrender, I refuse to simply be content with managing this decline a little bit better than the Democrats. No, we need to usher in an American revival, we need a new birth of freedom in this country, we must reverse American decline."

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - A Swing Through South Carolina Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/370813

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