FOX News host Maria Bartiromo criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Sunday as he continues to trail in national polls.
‘What’s going on with your campaign?’ he asked the Republican presidential candidate on Sunday Morning Features. ‘There was a lot of optimism about his candidacy for president at the beginning of the year… What happened?’
He then referred to a recent Political Playbook article titled Failed to Launch, in which a DeSantis PAC superstaff admitted “we’re way behind in the polls.”
The Florida governor is 32 points behind his rival Donald Trump in the Average number of RealClearPolitics polls. The former president also leads in the key early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
But DeSantis laughed off the issue, saying he knew it would take “a lot of work, tears and sweat” to win.
FOX News host Maria Bartiromo criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his stalled presidential campaign on Sunday.
The Republican presidential candidate laughed at polls showing him trailing former President Donald Trump, saying he knew it would take “a lot of effort, tears and sweat” to win.
“María, these are narratives,” the Florida governor said of the news that he is trailing in the polls.
“The media don’t want me to be the candidate,” he said. “I think that’s very, very clear. Because? Because they know I will beat Biden. But more importantly, they know that I will really deliver on all of these things.’
He insisted that ‘we are doing whatever it takes to win’.
“I never expected to just snap my fingers and all of a sudden, you know, you get seven months before somebody happens,” DeSantis said. You have to earn it and you have to work. And it takes a lot of effort, tears and swearing. And we’re going to do that.
But Bartiromo doubled down, citing recent polls showing the Florida governor has failed to catch up with the leadership of former President Trump, whom he blamed on “corruption and injustice in our justice system.”
‘What are you going to do with the FBI working with Twitter to censor information, amplify lies and suppress the truth?’ he asked, stating: “Americans are sick and tired of the corruption they see in plain sight.”
In response, DeSantis vowed to “end the militarization of government,” saying that the United States would once again “have a standard of fairness” under his presidency.”
At that point, the FOX News host decided to close the interview by asking the governor if he plans to participate in the Republican primary debate on August 23.
“Of course, I’m looking forward to it,” he said. ‘I really think, Maria, that’s when people are really going to start paying attention to primary.
“I think up to this point, a lot of it has been about some of these legal cases,” he explained, apparently turning his attention to the recent Trump allegations. ‘And I think many of the voters [are concerned] about that, and it is understandable.
But by the time of the debate next month, DeSantis said he thinks the focus will shift to policy issues.
“We’re going to be able to talk about the vision, and I look forward to that,” he said.
‘So I’m glad we’re getting started.’
Florida’s governor has been campaigning on the ground in recent weeks. He is pictured here with his wife, Casey, walking in the 4th of July parade in Merrimack, New Hampshire.
There have been questions about DeSantis’ ability to secure the Republican nomination.
DeSantis’s comments come as speculation is mounting about the Florida governor’s ability to secure the Republican nomination.
On Saturday, Steve Cortés, who heads one of DeSantis’s largest super PACs, admitted to Politico: ‘Right now, in the national polls, we’re way behind.
“It’s an uphill battle, but clearly Donald Trump is the favorite.”
Several pundits across the country have also suggested that DeSantis’ campaign may be in trouble, citing the fact that some of the key strategists who helped him win his first gubernatorial bid are not helping him in this election.
Additionally, Florida Republican Party strategist Ford O’Connell asserted that the governor does not have experience running for national office.
‘The error [the campaign] done, and again, it’s a mistake most people running for a new office make: they assume that people know more about Ron than they really do,” he said. The hill.
Meanwhile, reporters from the The New Herald suggested that the problem is that DeSantis cannot be differentiated from Trump.
“Some of his plans coincide with what Trump has already proposed, and others echo what he has already done as president,” the newspaper opined.
Some experts say DeSantis has been indistinguishable from former President Donald Trump (pictured last month)
But Kristin Davison, director of operations for Never Back Down, another top DeSantis super PAC, denied that DeSantis is out of the running.
This is a similar narrative to 2016 when people were saying, “There’s no way Donald Trump can win.” They were missing out on what’s happening on the ground… that’s what’s happening with DeSantis,” he told the Politico Playbook.
Everyone is missing the moment.
“Look at Obama and Clinton,” Davison continued. ‘In the middle of 2007. Clinton was the inevitable candidate, Obama was stuck. Even in the fall of 2007, everyone was saying that Obama was dead.
‘What they were missing is that Obama had an organization on the ground that no one was paying attention to. [to]which is exactly what we’re doing with DeSantis.