The incumbent governor has become a Republican hero for his lax approach to the Covid-19 pandemic, his opposition to mandatory vaccines and his hard-line policies on LGBTQ+ rights. All of this elevated him in the eyes of major Republican donors who wanted him to run for the White House.
During the debate, Christo, a former Republican governor from 2007 to 2011 before switching parties, criticized him for referring to the president. Joe Biden so much.
“Ron, you talk a lot about Joe Biden,” he said. “I understand. I think you’re going to stand up to him. I can see your confusion. But you’re running for governor.”
Mr. Christo asked Mr. DeSantis to say that he would serve a full four years as governor.
But Mr. DeSantis didn’t answer, just looked straight ahead. When it was time for DeSantis, he didn’t answer the question directly.
“The only worn donkey I’m going to graze is Charlie Christ,” he said. Rather, he beat Christo for signing what he called the largest taxes and fees in state history.
Christo dismissed the accusations.
“Ron, I know you like to tease people. The little name-calls you exchange, I can take it,” he said. If they’re standing behind you at a conference and they’re wearing masks, you shouldn’t be doing that.”
Earlier this year, DeSantis was caught in a video making fun of students wearing Covid-19 masks.
“You don’t have to wear those masks. It’s ridiculous,” DeSantis said. said at the time.
DeSantis holds a commanding lead over Christo, according to the latest polls, and has raised a lot of money ahead of November’s elections.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/dedantis-running-2024-florida-gubernatorial-debate-crist-b2209719.html Ron DeSantis refuses to say whether he’ll run for president in 2024 at Florida governor’s debate