Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Republicans Sound Alarm Over DeSantis’s Campaign

Questions surrounding Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) presidential campaign strategy are multiplying as he continues to trail former President Trump in the polls nearly a month after his highly anticipated campaign launch.

In a sign of just how concerned some of the governor’s allies are, the spokesperson for the pro-DeSantis PAC Never Back Down recently referred to Trump as the “runaway front-runner” in the primary and said that DeSantis faced an “uphill battle.”

One Republican strategist described the DeSantis PAC spokesperson’s comments as “a very clear-eyed moment.”

“They realize they’re in a hole,” the strategist told The Hill. “They realize they can potentially win this and they are the only other game in town, but again, they are in a big hole.”

The spokesperson, Steve Cortes, made his headline-grabbing comments Sunday during a Twitter Spaces conversation.

“Right now, in national polling, we are way behind. I’ll be the first to admit that,” said Cortes, who previously worked as an adviser to Trump. “I believe in being really blunt and really honest. It’s an uphill battle.”

Cortes emphasized that he still believed DeSantis could win, while also pointing out how Trump’s prior experience could be aiding him.

“The former president has debated through two successive presidential cycles, so of course he possesses a lot of experience in that arena,” he said. “But I am convinced that Governor DeSantis will outperform expectations and inform large audiences about his amazing life, political record, and winning agenda for the presidency.”

“Taking on an incumbent or former president in the primary always represents a significant challenge,” Cortes continued. “I gladly embraced that reality in joining the team. All of us on Team DeSantis remain convinced that the governor has a strong path to the nomination, and the best chance of any Republican to defeat Biden in the general election.”

Polling shows that after his launch in late May, DeSantis has struggled to gain traction in national and early state-level polling.

The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Trump with 52.4 percent support, while DeSantis trails at 21.5 percent support. And an Echelon Insights poll released Wednesday showed fellow Republican contender Vivek Ramaswamy gaining traction on DeSantis. The poll shows Trump leading the pack at 66 percent, DeSantis at 52 percent and Ramaswamy at 40 percent. In May, Echelon showed Ramaswamy in fourth place behind former Vice President Mike Pence.

“Everyone goes, my God, this Vivek guy is not going to win, but he’s the only guy actually pushing the ideas envelope, and the ideas that he’s pushing is actually reinforcing a lot of what Trump is saying,” O’Connell said.

But Trump is still DeSantis’s biggest obstacle.

“I will tell you that Trump is in a much stronger position now than he was in 2016,” O’Connell said. “They recognize that lightning in a bottle is their best chance to win this, so what they need to do is they need to get out there and make sure that everyone knows who Ron is, his biography and what he stands for.”

And DeSantis and his campaign have been focused on getting boots on the ground in the early caucus and primary states, most recently hitting up New Hampshire for the Fourth of July holiday.

“The rain may have been heavy, but the enthusiasm was high,” DeSantis spokesperson Andrew Romeo said in an email to reporters summing up the campaign stops. “Hundreds of Granite Staters turned out to show their support for the governor and his forward-looking vision for a better America.”

  • Dorothy says:

    I think the media is trying to down grade DeSantis. I say, just let him run or whatever. Our country is in such a mess, I am not looking forward to 2024. We have to concentrate what is happening right now. The Democrats have taken over ruling the American People to believe their lies. I would not care if a Green man ran the White House because as long as he has good intentions and honesty. Give DeSantis credit for what he did in Florida. That State at least has freedom. The American people in Democratic States are suffering. I only wish that I could move to Florida but not in good physical shape anymore.

  • Hank Bradey says:

    Rocky, please before opening your mouth and revealing to all of us how uniformed you are, DeSantis is not a RINO, not even close. He has done an amazing job in Florida while Trump is proving that if elected we have eleted a 76 year old juvenile.

  • Randie says:

    If Ron keeps up this foolishness, trying to run for president as second-best. The state of Florida is going to flip to blue. Why on earth he is an in Florida protecting his red state is absolutely beyond me.! really dumb whoever is advising him!

  • Trending Today


    A federal court struck down the Biden administration’s last-minute restrictions on an upcoming offshore oil and gas lease sale in a ruling late Thursday...


    Statistics show that one of the many effects the BLM protests and the accompanying “Defund the Police” movement had was a reduction in the...


    CNN’s Abby Phillip learned on Friday evening why you don’t try to challenge someone on-air without having all the facts. Phillip has seen more...


    A training video allegedly leaked from the Department of Veterans Affairs promotes abortion and even suggests that men can become pregnant, Fox News reported...