‘Good example of how to run a government’: DeSantis trumpets Florida at Turning Point conference

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) was the featured speaker Friday at the Turning Point Student Action Summit, and he made it clear that he’s proud of his state’s leadership in its policies and administration compared to other states of the same size but more liberal leaders.

The “free state of Florida . . . leads on all the big issues of the day,” DeSantis began, highlighting how Florida handled COVID-19.

“We stood up, over the last two years, against the corporate media, against bureaucrats like Fauci, and against Brandon himself,” the Republican said, referring to President Biden. “To keep the state of Florida open, to protect people’s jobs, to save businesses, we rejected mandates for Covid jabs.”

Florida is “a good example of how to run a government,” he said, comparing his state to New York and the national government in Washington, D.C.

Better services

“The state of New York has three million fewer people than we do, and their budget is twice the size of our budget,” he highlighted. “And yet we have better roads, better services, higher-performing K-12 schools, and the number one rated public university system in the country.”

And Florida doesn’t even have a state income tax, he added.

He then attacked Biden for his policies, including “printing trillions and trillions of dollars” and “declaring war on American energy.”

Biden’s “failed leadership” has “created or exacerbated” most of the country’s “most pressing” problems, DeSantis said.

“Red wave”

DeSantis said Florida would lead the “red wave” in the midterms in November, after which America could begin to “fight back” against the terrible policies of Biden and the Democrats.

Often mentioned as a presidential contender in 2024, DeSantis has not said he would run, but comes in consistently second to former President Donald Trump in polls.

If Trump runs in 2024, DeSantis may hang back, but it is believed he might enter the race if Trump was unable to run, such as if he were indicted or convicted of a crime related to January 6 before the election.

A significant minority of Republicans feel DeSantis would have similar policies to Trump, but would avoid the “mean tweets” and personal attacks that Trump did not seem able to resist when he was in office.

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