The popularity of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appears to have the Democratic Party on the ropes this week, as the Sunshine State lawmaker looks poised to cruise to victory once again in the coming midterm elections.
Beyond that, however, there is a very real possibility that DeSantis has some higher political aspirations as well, having already reached out to Republican megadonors in what appears to be the first step toward a presidential bid in 2024.
Just weeks ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom seemed to acknowledge this reality, and began running advertisements against DeSantis in Florida, despite there being no real reason why Newsom would be interested in political campaigns clear across the country.
Now the left is so scared of DeSantis that they’re sending the President to go to work against him.
U.S. President Joe Biden warned Florida voters that Social Security and Medicare could be repealed by Republicans, an effort to make healthcare and retirement benefits an issue ahead of elections determining whether Democrats hold Congress.Trending:
“You’ve been paying into Social Security your whole life, you earned it, now these guys want to take it away,” Biden said in a speech describing the programs as “under siege” by Republicans. “Who in the hell do they think they are?”
The speech on Tuesday at a sparsely attended South Florida community center came just seven days ahead of U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 8 that will test Biden’s fellow Democrats keep a narrow congressional majority.
This was a rather significant shift in tactics for the Democrats.
The day’s events marked Biden’s first in office of a partisan nature in Florida. It was an early test of his ability to challenge Florida governor and potential 2024 rival Ron DeSantis on his home turf, a state the president lost in 2020 to Republican former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis became nationally popular during the COVID-19 pandemic by making Florida a bastion of freedom, banning mask and vaccine mandates, and pushing back against federal overreach in increasingly public ways.