Ron DeSantis discusses faith, Trump and 2024 campaign strategy

In an exclusive, one-on-one interview, Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis talks with KCCI Chief Political Reporter Amanda Rooker. In the interview, DeSantis said he has a “proven record” of winning over Republicans, independents and some Democrats in his 2022 re-election campaign for Florida governor. He said his ability to win sets him apart from his political rival and former president Donald Trump. “Just from my experience in Florida, there are certain voters who were enthusiastic about voting for me for reelection, who would just never vote for him. They just made that decision and I think that there’s a lot of independents who have already just made that decision that’s just not the direction they want to go,” DeSantis said. The Florida governor said he believes he can keep those voters from “defaulting to Biden.” “If they disagree with the direction under Biden, we got to win all those voters. I mean, that’s just politics one on one and I think I’ ll be able to do that,” DeSantis said. “We need to go in a direction that’s going to be able to propel us to victory. And I tell people, if you nominate me, we’ll get it done. We’ll be on the west side of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2025, taking that oath of office.”Watch: DeSantis’ responds to the growing field of GOP candidatesAs former Vice President Mike Pence and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to announce their own presidential bids, DeSantis said he’s “not really paying much attention” to the growing field of Republicans running for president. “Regardless of who decides to run or not run, for us, it’s really just background noise,” DeSantis said. “We believe we have a message that will win. We believe we have the plan to be able to get that done and it’s basically just about execution for us.”As DeSantis tries to win over Iowa evangelicals, a group that heavily supported Trump in 2016 and 2020, he also shared how faith influences his own life and his decision-making as a leader. “I think it gives you, as a public official, the foundation to understand that, you know, there is a true north out there,” DeSantis said in the interview. “Everything that happens on a day-to-day basis in this business is meant to really just get you veered off course from pursuing what you need to do and so I keep very grounded, I think as a result of that, and I think it makes me a better leader.” Watch: DeSantis discusses why he could consider Gov. Kim Reynolds for a cabinet position

In an exclusive, one-on-one interview, Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis talks with KCCI Chief Political Reporter Amanda Rooker.

In the interview, DeSantis said he has a “proven record” of winning over Republicans, independents and some Democrats in his 2022 re-election campaign for Florida governor. He said his ability to win sets him apart from his political rival and former president Donald Trump.

“Just from my experience in Florida, there are certain voters who were enthusiastic about voting for me for reelection, who would just never vote for him. They just made that decision and I think that there’s a lot of independents that have already just made that decision that’s just not the direction that they want to go,” DeSantis said.

The Florida governor said he believes he can keep those voters from “defaulting to Biden.”

“If they disagree with the direction under Biden, we got to win all those voters. I mean, that’s just politics one on one and I think I’ll be able to do that,” DeSantis said. “We need to go in a direction that’s going to be able to propel us to victory. And I tell people, if you nominate me, we’ll get it done. We’ll be on the west side of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2025, taking that oath of office.”

Watch: DeSantis’ responds to the growing field of GOP candidates


As former Vice President Mike Pence and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to announce their own presidential bids, DeSantis said he’s “not really paying much attention” to the growing field of Republicans running for president.

“Regardless of who decides to run or not run, for us, it’s really just background noise,” DeSantis said. “We believe we have a message that will win. We believe we have the plan to be able to get that done and it’s basically just about execution for us.”

As DeSantis tries to win over Iowa evangelicals, a group that heavily supported Trump in 2016 and 2020, he also shared how faith influences his own life and his decision-making as a leader.

“I think it gives you, as a public official, the foundation to understand that, you know, there is a true north out there,” DeSantis said in the interview. “Everything that happens on a day-to-day basis in this business is meant to really just get you veered off course from pursuing what you need to do and so I keep very grounded, I think as a result of that, and I think it makes me a better leader.”

Watch: DeSantis discusses why he could consider Gov. Kim Reynolds for a cabinet position

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