Florida Governor DeSantis, Donald Trump

Florida Gov. DeSantis Says Trump Adopted Biden “Basement Strategy” For 2024 Campaign

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Sunday that former President Donald Trump is hoping to phone in for the Republican presidential nomination by adopting Joe Biden’s 2020 “basement strategy.”
Florida Governor DeSantis, Donald Trump (TFP File Photo)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Sunday that former President Donald Trump is hoping to phone in for the Republican presidential nomination by adopting Joe Biden’s 2020 “basement strategy.”

The governor appeared on FOX News Channels’ Sunday Morning Futures with host Maria Bartiromo, who opened by noting that Trump continues to hold a massive lead in the early primary states.

Asked about that, DeSantis criticized Trump for his unwillingness to debate the other GOP candidates.

“I think that with all due respect to Donald Trump, we’re not going to beat the Democrats by adopting Joe Biden’s basement strategy,” DeSantis told Bartiromo.

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“You can’t just be missing an action, you have got to show up, you have got to earn people’s votes, and if you’re not willing to do that, voters will take notice as we get closer to these contests.”

DeSantis added that he clearly has been the most active and dependable GOP leader, and believes that voters will respond to action, not just talk.

“You show up, you make the case. You don’t mail it in, you don’t go missing in action,” DeSantis told Bartiromo.

“You meet voters on the ground in the early states — Iowa, New Hampshire in particular — and tell them about the future of the country and why you’re the best candidate. And so, I think that I’ll be the guy,” he said.

“I have been the most dependable leader the Republican Party’s had in recent years. I’ve delivered. I haven’t just talked. And that’s what we need in Washington,” said DeSantis.

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“The time for excuses is over. 2024 is make or break. We’re not getting a mulligan on this one. We either get the job done, or we’re going to be in a hole in this country for the next generation.”

DeSantis also told Bartiromo that he would not serve as Trump’s VP pick.

“I’m running for president. We need somebody that can serve two terms. We need somebody that can win states like Georgia and Arizona, which President Trump cannot do or did not do, even though candidates like [former Sen. John] McCain and [Sen. Mitt] Romney had no problem winning those states,” he said.

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