Ron DeSantis speculated that Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as vice president because she was the “best impeachment insurance,” saying no one would choose her over the current president.
During a campaign stop in South Carolina on Thursday, the Florida governor said he wasn’t worried about winning the Republican nomination in such a crowded field because he was there to win it.
Just because Harris is a bad presidential prospect, DeSantis said, doesn’t mean Biden is much better.
“If we miss this one and Biden comes back — heck, you might even end up with Kamala as president,” DeSantis said when asked by an audience member in Augusta, South Carolina. he feared winning the primary.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed President Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as vice president because she was the “best insurance” against his impeachment.
“No matter what he does, nobody wants Kamala,” DeSantis said
“You know, when he cast her for VP, a lot of people were like, ‘Oh my God, why did he do that? Because, I mean, obviously she’s got issues,’ the governor continued. “But you know, I kind of get why he did it, because, like, she’s the best impeachment insurance money can buy.
“No matter what he does, nobody wants Kamala,” he said as the attendees laughed. “So that’s kind of where we’re at with that one.”
Some far-right legislatures have introduced articles of impeachment to remove President Biden from office — but none have received much air from the rest of Congress.
DeSantis also said during his stump speech at the start of the event Thursday that he would lay off half the federal government workforce to “clean up” corruption. He then answered questions from voters during a campaign stop in South Carolina following criticism from reporters for not doing so.
A voter and military veteran named Debbie told DeSantis she was worried he couldn’t win the nomination because a crowded field could divide voters and lead to another Trump general election.
But DeSantis said he doesn’t share that concern.
“Not if you do your part,” he said to cheers. “The sky’s the limit for us. I mean, we can do it. We will.
“Look, I mean, all I can tell you is this – people can do whatever they want,” he added. “The only reason I’m running is to win and keep those promises. That’s the only reason.
“I’m not trying to get my name out there,” DeSantis said, “I don’t want to get any input from any of these outlets.” I don’t care about that. We race to win and deliver. And that’s really the only reason to run and I feel compelled to do it.
The Florida governor said that as president he would lead a “new era of accountability in Washington, DC by ensuring that federal agencies do not have unbalanced centralized power.”
“We’re going to reduce the footprint in Washington DC,” DeSantis said during remarks to a gathered crowd in North Augusta, South Carolina, on Thursday.
“We will be issuing an executive order to all cabinet secretaries to reduce the footprint of their agencies in Washington DC by at least 50%,” the Florida governor said of his plans if he becomes president. “Fire people, attrition, send them to Dubuque, whatever you want to do.
DeSantis told South Carolina voters at Thursday’s campaign rally that he would lay off 50% of federal government agency workers if he becomes president. The governor answered several questions from the crowd following criticism from reporters that he had not spoken publicly to voters
He concluded, “But we have too much power consolidation in Washington DC and we need to do something about it.”
DeSantis, who has only been on the campaign trail for less than a month, has been criticized by some reporters for not answering voter questions at his events. On Thursday, however, the governor told the South Carolina crowd to ask him their questions following his stump speech at the start of the state primary contest.
The Associated Press’ Steve Peoples asked DeSantis as he walked around talking and taking photos with voters why he was “not answering voters’ questions.”
‘What are you talking about, I’m here talking to people. Are you blind?’ DeSantis fired back at the reporter.
“I’m not blind,” he replied during the exchange filmed by NBC News.
“So people come to me to talk to me about whatever they want to talk to me about,” he added.
The first “question” Thursday, came from an 85-year-old man who said he just wanted to tell DeSantis he had his support, but had no further investigation.
“God bless you,” DeSantis told the man before answering several questions — one from a Marine Corps veteran; another from a law enforcement officer; one from a high school junior named Drew; one from a mother with a daughter worried about biological men playing in women’s sports and another from a man who said he was still on the fence about who he would vote for in 2024.
One attendee said he was attending the remarks on behalf of a group of struggling veterans who hope marijuana will be decriminalized. “I don’t think we would do that,” DeSantis replied bluntly before explaining the negative effects of widespread drug use on children.
But DeSantis’ post was reminiscent of former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, where he pledged to “drain the swamp of Washington” by putting in place new leadership and also cleaning up federal agencies.
“We need a new era of accountability with these agencies in DC, and we’ll bring that day one with me,” DeSantis assured. “You’ll have a new FBI director, you’ll get the Justice Department cleaned up.”
DeSantis spoke to voters during his remarks at a gymnasium in North Augusta, South Carolina, where the scoreboard showed him as the two teams were tied at 47, which is the number for the next president. American.
“I want your support, I need your support,” DeSantis said, concluding his remarks before taking questions.
After refusing to take questions from the public after his first campaign event in New Hampshire today, Ron DeSantis lashed out at a reporter for asking him about it while chatting one-on-one with crowd members.
—Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) June 1, 2023